Sessions at Open Source Bridge 2011 about Kids

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Tuesday 21st June 2011

  • Get 'Em While They're Young: Cultivating the Next Generation of Open Source Contributors

    by Jane Wells

    Does your open source project participate as a mentoring organization for GSoC? WordPress does. Do you have other mentorship programs for college students? What about high school students? Middle school, even? This talk will go over some new initiatives WordPress is planning (through the WordPress Foundation) to help kids who want to use and/or design/develop for WordPress. From kid-specific workshops at WordCamps to partnerships with existing educational institutions, we're trying to make it easier for younger students to learn more about getting involved with WordPress if they are interested.

    Good idea or doomed to fail? By the time OSBridge comes around, we'll have a couple of months of these projects under our belt, and can assess the progress we've had so far. It would be an interesting discussion among projects about whether investing in the next generation of contributors at a younger age will yield a return or if it's a big waste of time. Is going younger an appropriate way of taking mentorship and education a step further?

    At 11:00am to 11:45am, Tuesday 21st June

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

  • Showing Kids the Source

    by Andrew Baerg

    I have been running a programming club with my kids and their friends for a couple of years. I would like to share what strategies I have learned, and show just how easy it is to get kids excited about programming. I have primarily been using Scratch as a tool and will be demoing some sample Scratch programs in the presentation.

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Wednesday 22nd June

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