A Slice of the Pi
7 Sep 2012 - By Omar Mariño
Anyone with school-age kids will have experienced that feeling of disbelief as they watch small fingers race across a computer keyboard, or listen to an explanation of how to search for information. In a word, our children are much more computer literate than earlier generations, and much more at ease with the technology. But what has become obvious to professional computer scientists is that although kids have a sophisticated knowledge of how to make use of computers for gaming, or tracking down facts that they need for a project, they actually have very little understanding of how the underlying software operates. This is important both more generally, and for providing a training base for school- and college-leavers who are planning to go into IT. The industry has found that very few of them have anything but the most basic knowledge of programming.