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Kids, Creativity, and Embedded Computing

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I’m helping organize the Creativity & Cognition conference.  It’s an interesting mix of artists, computer scientists, and just plain creative people.   Which leads to the question: How do kids learn to be creative?    To create is to make; so learning to make things is an important part of learning creativity.  Construction kits like Lego and Meccano offer a structured (“scaffolded”) way to make physical things; and programming languages like Seymour Papert’s Logo and Alan Kay’s Squeak have offered kids a way to make computational things.  Now we’re amidst  a revolution that brings together the physical and computational in massively parallel and distributed ways.  So, we need construction kits to scaffold kids creativity in this new world.