My good friend Chris Betcher in Sydney, Australia, works with students much younger than mine. In the spring semester, I'll be teaching a course called Digital World. It's a half-year computer science course aimed at the kids who don't want to learn programming. I see it as a perfect fit for me, since I am not a programmer, and I don't understand most of what is said by my colleagues during Computer Science Department meetings.
But a part of this course I'll be teaching needs to help students think algorithmically, the way a programmer has to. I'm sure any kind of programming will be met with resistance. And that's fine with me. Enter Scratch, a fun response to fear of programming.
I defy you to look into the enthusiastic eyes of these Aussie schoolgirls and fight my introduction of Scratch!