Debian Junior Project
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Programming
Debian Jr. programming

The emphasis for this sampling of programming packages for children is first on simple interpreted languages. Also important for using languages with children are good documentation, and some ability to produce visual programs without too much effort. It is by no means a complete list, and you are encouraged to explore other languages with children as well; even those that are not specifically aimed for children.

The Logo language is specifically designed for children, with a strong emphasis on the visual and concrete. Littlewizard is an icon-based graphical programming language also designed for children.

Scratch is an easy, interactive, collaborative, visual programming language with children from ages 8 and up as their target group.

Arduino is a popular micro controller that is widely used by both people learning electronics and programming as well as seasoned veterans doing complex projects. It is necessary to connect a physical Arduino circuit board in order to experiment with arduino.

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For a better overview of the project's availability as a Debian package, each head row has a color code according to this scheme:

If you discover a project which looks like a good candidate for Debian Junior to you, or if you have prepared an unofficial Debian package, please do not hesitate to send a description of that project to the Debian Junior mailing list

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Debian Junior Programming packages

Official Debian packages with high relevance

Arduino
AVR development board IDE and built-in libraries
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Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

This package will install the integrated development environment that allows for program writing, code verfication, compiling, and uploading to the Arduino development board. Libraries and example code will also be installed.

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Gvrng
Interactive, introductory programming language
Maintainer: Debian QA Group
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Guido van Robot Next Generation (GvRng) is a project developed by advanced high school students for use by their peers as a learning tool and precursor to the further study of programming with Python. It is a minimalistic programming language providing just enough syntax to help students learn the concepts of sequencing, conditional branching, looping and procedural abstraction.

It's biggest strength is that it permits this learning in an environment that combines the thrill of problem-solving with instant visual feedback. In short, it is an interactive, introductory programming language that is excellent for learning the basic concepts of programming, applicable in any high-level language.

The GvRng version replaces the old GvR program that used wxPython for the GUI.

Kturtle
educational programming environment
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KTurtle is an educational programming environment which uses the TurtleScript programming language (inspired by Logo) to make programming as easy and accessible as possible.

The user issues TurtleScript language commands to control the "turtle", which draws on the canvas, making KTurtle suitable for teaching elementary mathematics, geometry and programming.

This package is part of the KDE education module.

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Laby
Learn how to program with ants and spider webs
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Laby is a small program to learn how to program with ants and spider webs. You have to move an ant out of a labyrinth, avoid spider webs, move rocks, etc.

Using Laby, you can learn OCaml, C, C++, Java, Prolog, Ruby, Pascal, JavaScript, Python, Lua, Vala and Scheme. Other bindings can easily be added to support new programming languages.

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Littlewizard
development environment for children
Maintainer: Kari Pahula
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Little Wizard is created especially for primary school children. It allows one to learn using main elements of present computer languages, including: variables, expressions, loops, conditions, logical blocks. Every element of language is represented by an intuitive icon. Little Wizard can be used without using keyboard, only mouse.

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Puredata
realtime computer music and graphics system
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Pure Data (also known as Pd) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio and graphics processing. Pd's audio functions are built-in; graphical computations require separate packages such as gem (Graphics Environment for Multimedia) or pd-pdp (Pd Packet).

This is a metapackage that depends on all components of the core of Pd.

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Scratch
easy to use programming environment for ages 8 and up
Maintainer: Miriam Ruiz
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Scratch is an easy, interactive, collaborative programming environment designed for creation of interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and sharing these on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

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Sonic-pi
Live Coding for Everyone
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A free live coding synth for everyone. Originally designed to support computing and music lessons within schools. Use code to compose and perform in classical and contemporary styles ranging from Canons to Dubstep.

Squeak-plugins-scratch
Squeak plugins for the Scratch programming environment
Maintainer: Miriam Ruiz
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Scratch is an easy, interactive, collaborative programming environment designed for creation of interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and sharing these on the web.

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.

This package contains the plugins needed by Scratch and its derivatives.

Squeak-vm
virtual machine for Smalltalk
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Squeak is a full-featured implementation of the Smalltalk programming language and environment based on (and largely compatible with) the original Smalltalk-80 system.

This package contains just the Unix Squeak virtual machine. You will likely need also an image file containing a "snapshot" of a live Squeak session - e.g. one of the Debian packages etoys or scratch.

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