Admit it, you wish you could program. At minimum you wish you understood how your computer worked… how to stop making it do that thing that drives you crazy… how to program the damn vcr… how to upgrade from a VCR to whatever it is the kids are using these days.
ReadWriteWeb provides a brief outline of a new language being promoted by Microsoft called Small Basic designed to make it easy for children to learn how to program.
I have to admit that when I read this I thought it was a great idea for kids in technology, and wondered whether it would be a good opportunity for me to brush up on my own coding skills.
I still remember when, in grade school our teachers taught us the benefits of composting and recycling. I swear the recycling push wouldn’t have been half as successful if the kids were removed from the equation. It’s easy for an adult to overlook a recycling opportunity when walking down the street, but stick a couple environmentally aware children in the back seat and you can bet that same parent doesn’t get away with his misdeed. Nothing drives compliance than a noisy, all-knowing kid in the back seat educating you about things you know to be true, and dwelling on your selfishness.
With that memory clear in my mind I think we need a coordinated effort to educate children about alternative energy options to drive similar compliance. Eco Ego provides kids with a fun way to learn about how they are able to impact the environment. The actions selected by your child in the game are used to show her the impacts of those actions. Ice caps, rain forests, landfills… all are used to provide a realistic understanding of how our world works in a manner that is engaging and fun for children.
As an aside, as if they had to make carnivals any cooler for kids – this one powers some of their rides with cow poo. That ought to grab your child’s attention as you drive home your eco message
Another upside of getting the kids excited about the environment is that you may be able to convince them to use some of their boundless energy for good instead of evil. Consider this article about see-saws being used to pump water in Africa… think of all the devices in your home that could be powered by your kids as they go about their merry way.