[Haskell-cafe] Haskell for children? Any experience?

Chris Smith cdsmith at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 16:04:23 CET 2011

So I find myself being asked to plan Haskell programming classes for one
hour, once a week, from September through May this coming school year.
The students will be ages 11 to 13.  I'm wondering if anyone has
experience in anything similar that they might share with me.  I'm
trying to decide if this is feasible, or it I should try to do something

To be honest, as much as I love Haskell, I tried to push the idea of
learning a different language; perhaps Python.  So far, the kids will
have none of it!  This year, I've been teaching a once-a-week
exploratory mathematics sort of thing, and we've made heavy use of
GHCi... and they now insist on learning Haskell.

(By the way, GHCi is truly amazing for exploratory mathematics.  We
really ought to promote the idea of Haskell for elementary / junior-high
level math teachers!  It's so easy to just try stuff; and there are so
many patterns you can just discover and then say "Huh, why do you think
that happens?  Can you write it down precisely? ...")

Chris Smith

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