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Hour of Code Kicks Off In Chile With Dog Poop-Themed CS Tutorial 49

theodp writes: In an interesting contrast to the Disney princess-themed Hour of Code tutorial that 'taught President Obama to code' last December, Chile is kicking off its 2015 Hora del Codigo this week with a top-featured Blockly tutorial that teaches computer science by having kids drag-and-drop blocks of code to pick up dog poop. "Collect all the shit you have left your dog," reads the Google translated instructions for the final coding exercise. In its new video for the Hour of Code 2015 campaign, tech billionaire-backed notes that it's striving to reach 200 million schoolchildren worldwide by this December. Presumably towards that end, warns that it will penalize Computer Science tutorials that "work only in English."
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Hour of Code Kicks Off In Chile With Dog Poop-Themed CS Tutorial

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  • by pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Sunday October 04, 2015 @09:35AM (#50655877)

    "Collect all the shit you have left your dog"

    The southern hemisphere never ceases to amaze me.

  • by tomhath ( 637240 ) on Sunday October 04, 2015 @09:41AM (#50655895)
    Ubuntu's desktop color scheme looks like poop to me.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I wrote code in spanglish (a combination of words in english and spanish) and this is not a problem.
    The compiler accepted this language spanglish, so that it is not wrong in its parser, except invented an english-only-compiler.
    Hispanic people is big for writing all code in english only, almost them do not understand english.
  • ... who brought us the available-in-30-languages childrens' book "The Little Mole Who Wanted to Know Who Pooped on His Head" []?

  • On the other hand... (Score:4, Informative)

    by CODiNE ( 27417 ) on Sunday October 04, 2015 @11:09AM (#50656199) Homepage

    This is a pretty accurate description of how management views coders. Who's behind again? Oh right... Better get the kids used to the idea of digital poop scooping so they can expect appropriate pay when they grow up.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The kid can expect all he wants. The reality is that by the time he finishes his "education", there will be so many fungible shitty "coders" like him, that he must accept permanent minimum wages (and force the same thing on all properly educated college graduates), or get the fuck out of the way.

      Or he could flip burgers at McDonalds' and feed the next generation of slaves.

    • Yep, it's preparing the kids for a crap-tacular job dealing with crap-tastic management!

  • by Nutria ( 679911 ) on Sunday October 04, 2015 @11:18AM (#50656243)

    I don't think that shit-gathering contests are the way to stir up that interest.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    " warns that it will penalize Computer Science tutorials that 'work only in English.'"

    Seriously, f*** you,

    • Because coding isn't a job. It's a skill. You sound like the last of the keyboardists throwing up their hands going "But everyone will know how to type. Our jobs are doooooooomed.".

      What was once hard is now easy and is now curriculum for kids. Just like Algebra and Calculus before it.

  • If you're eventually going to be working with me (that is, if I'm going to be "knowledge transferring" to your next-to-worthless ass so I can get one last bonus before they lay me off), learn English. Because I'm not going to be learning anything else.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"