Oct 3, 2011

Guiding Principles for Construction Kits for Kids

Some Reflections on Designing Construction Kits for Kids [1]
Mitch Resnick + Brian Silverman

1. Design for Designers
2. Low Floor and Wide Walls
3. Make Powerful Ideas Salient – Not Forced
4. Support Many Paths, Many Styles
5. Make it as Simple as Possible – and Maybe Even Simpler
6. Choose Black Boxes Carefully
7. A Little Bit of Programming Goes a Long Way
8. Give People What They Want – Not What They Ask For
9. Invent Things That You Would Want to Use Yourself
10. Iterate, Iterate – then Iterate Again

1. Mitchel Resnick and Brian Silverman, “Some reflections on designing construction kits for kids” (ACM Press, 2005), 117-122, http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1109556.

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