Bryson Payne

Teach Your Kids to Code: Basic concepts with Turtle graphics in Python

Date: This event took place live on August 13 2015

Presented by: Bryson Payne

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.

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Turtle graphics have been teaching kids basic coding concepts since the creation of the Logo language in the late 1960's. The Turtle module in Python carries the turtle tradition into the 21st century and makes turtle programming easy and accessible on Windows, Mac, Linux and more.

Turtle graphics in Python are a great way to introduce kids to coding, staring with short programs of just five to ten lines of code that draw beautiful, colorful shapes that kids can create and modify as they learn. In his new book, Teach Your Kids to Code, Bryson Payne shares some of the programs he began using with his own sons when they were two and four years old, all the way through fully interactive games he uses in his freshman-level college courses.

In this webcast, you will learn:

  • How to code turtle graphics in Python
  • How to engage children from pre-K through college with short, interactive, visual programs for every age level
  • How to build on more advanced programming concepts using turtle graphics as a foundation

About Bryson Payne

Bryson Payne (@brysonpayne) is the author of the book Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming, (2015) from No Starch Press, and instructor for the online course Teach Your Kids to Code: Learn to Program Python at Any Age, (2015) at

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Campus Technology, and CIO magazine, Dr. Payne has been programming computers for more than 30 years; he sold his first paid program to RUN Magazine (Commodore 64) for their "Magic" column in 1985, for $10.

He previously taught middle school math and programming and continues to work extensively with K-12 schools to promote technology education, using 3D printers, robots, drones and coding. Bryson lives north of Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, two sons, and two cats.