OPTIONAL: Hand out Warmup activity sheet.
Welcome to Bootstrap! In this course, you’ll be learning a new programming language - a way to tell computers exactly what you want them to do. Just like English, Spanish or French, a programming language has its own vocabulary and grammar that you’ll have to learn. Fortunately, the language you’ll be using here has a lot in common with simple math that you already know!
Set expectations and rules for the class. Connect the material to come with things students already know:
What makes a language? Do some students already speak more than one language?
Programming is very much a language, with its own syntax, semantics, etc
Ask students about their favorite videogames. Be open about the scale of a modern game: they cost millions of dollars, are built by huge teams of programmers and artists, and are developed over years.
Set expectations about what can be accomplished in a single, introductory programming class.