The Tangible Kindergarten project studies how, when given age-appropriate tools, young children can actively engage in computer programming and robotics in a way that is consistent with developmentally appropriate practice. This research project explores the creation of novel human computer interaction techniques to support learning with technology in early elementary school, with a focus on kindergarten. Since many modern graphical user interfaces are not designed with the developmental needs of such young learners in mind, they are generally ill-suited for use in early elementary school classrooms, especially for computer programming activities. To overcome this problem, this research project has created a tangible-graphical hybrid programming language specifically for young children, the Creative Hybrid Environment for Robotics Programming, or CHERP.
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Bers, Marina U.; Flannery, Louise; Kazakoff, Elizabeth; and Crouser, R. Jordan, "A Curriculum Unit on Programming and Robotics" (2010). Computer Science: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.