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Michael Scherotter's Digital Playground

About to Start Fairfax Computer Camp

My son Alex, age 9, wants to learn about computer programming so I decided to try something fun – to teach it to him.  In my day job, I explain and demonstrate Microsoft’s software development technologies and I’ve been programming since I was about ten so I think I know what to do.  I wanted to do something really fun for Alex, and kind of adventurous, so I invited 9 of his friends to join him and next week I will be teaching a group of 8 boys and 2 girls programming in my home on my dining room table.  Each camper will be bringing their family computer and I’ll be teaching Kodu and Small Basic

  • Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games
  • Small Basic is an easy-to-use version of the BASIC language that I first learned to program with on Radio Shack TRS-80s

As Lou Reed said, “it’s the beginning of a great adventure”.

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    You made me think about making a difference in someone else's life. Specially, since I love being a mentor and seeing others grow.


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