Teaching kids about computers...
julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Nov 21 07:58:38 CST 2007
So the boy (9yr. old) was asking last night about how computers work... any
recommendations for good books for learning the basics from? I think I started
out with a Sinclair Spectrum and its BASIC manual, but I really don't recall
now where I found out about the fundamental building blocks of [typical]
computers and how a CPU worked. There must be a good 'classic' "how computers
work" type of book which avoids going on about PCs and Xboxen...
I figure I should find him one of those kids electronics projects kits too (I
think that was where I got my first exposure to logic gates from at about the
same age) and also some old 8-bit machine to play with.
I can get a Spectrum / BBC micro shipped over in a few months, but something
US-built might be better; any thoughts? I did wonder about a C64, but maybe
it'd be better to start with something a bit more simple? i.e. probably
something Z80 or 6502-based (just because there's more resources devoted to
them), generic cassette data storage, basic video abilities etc.
(You know, I don't recall seeing a 'how to introduce kids to vintage
computing' thread on here before :-)
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