Salesforce kids learn code, teacher is 10-year old

Salesforce melted a few hearts yesterday at its World Tour 2015 London event in the ExCel exhibition centre.

Developer zones are ALWAYS fabulously ‘awesome’, but this one takes some beating.

Kids around the age of 7-9 years were using the ‘simple’ Scratch drag-and-drop programming tool to create a ‘Pong’ style game.

But the best bit?

The enthusiastic little girls I spoke to at the back were loving the whole event and were being taught by a Harry Potter-esque looking 10-year old, who got to play teacher for the day.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

How hard can it be?

“It’s not as easy at it looks and there is quite a lot of complexity involved in terms of understanding that if that ball hits the paddle then it had to be engineered to bounce back the other way. Kids are able to grasp the need to bring in the logic controls needed from the drag-and-drop menu and it is wonderful to see this happening,” said Guillaume Roques, Salesforce head of developer relations for the EMEA region.