[plug] Computer Club ideas for kids.

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Mon Aug 27 12:26:04 WST 2012

On 27/08/2012, Alexander Hartner <alex at j2anywhere.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> The school my kids will be going to next year offer a program :
> http://ashdalesc.wa.edu.au/teaching-and-learning/specialist-technology-science-program/
> Maybe ask at their high school what is available.
> Have fun
> Alex
> On 26/08/2012, at 8:03 PM, Euan de Kock <euan at dekock.net> wrote:
>> Hi fellow pluggers,
>> I'm looking for a bit of advice and thought I'd put it to the PLUG
>> people in the first instance...
>> I've been asked by a recent arrival to Australia if there are any clubs
>> etc that a kid could get involved in - the kid in question is about 14,
>> keen on all things computer related - not just a gamer.
>> Based in a northern suburb, but any ideas would be welcome.
>> Many Thanks in advance,
>> Regards,
>> Euan.

That appears to be only Apple Mac OS, and not involve teaching the
students command line stuff.

"What is "dir"? "  "What is ls" What is "telnet?" "What is Linux?"
What is UNIX? What is the difference? "

It sounds a bit lacking, and seems to reinforce what one lecturer at a
university said, years ago' "No-one much. seems to know what a command
line is, anymore, let alone know how to use one", or, words to that

If the person mentioned in the original query, is about 14, and can
get to events, perhaps just referring the person to PLUG itself, could
be appropriate.

Maybe, also, PLUG could create a subgroup - Young-PLUG, or Youth-PLUG,
or Mini-PLUG, or something similar, for people under the age of 18
years, like (I believe) the ACS has Young ACS or whatever it is named,
for students.

I had expected that secondary schools would have clubs at the schools,
which would now include computer clubs (when I was at secondary
school, it was before portable computers (computers that did not
require a forklift to move them).

But that school appears to be an Apple Mac school, like most
government departments appear to be subsidiaries of, or otherwise
controlled by, Microsoft, and so, unlikely to involve comparative
computing, or, teaching how computers work, and, how to do command
line stuff.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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