Teaching tykes to program robots

two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core competencies.
Playpens, by contrast, corral children into safe, confined spaces. Although they are mostly riskfree, there is little opportunity for exploration and imaginative play.
From a developmental perspective, the playground promotes a sense of ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134768&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.