When I was in elementary school, I was considered a gifted child ( I am guessing based on IQ tests ) and was part of a program called MGM or mentally gifted minors. Of course all the other students called this program MGM or mentally gifted morons. We wore this badge proudly because it opened up doors that most students did not have access to. One of those doors was the computer room where the schools sole Commodore PET computer lurked connected by modem to the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Of course students spent most of their time playing games like snake or playing text based games via the modem. Some of us however did learn to program ( a little bit ) in basic. My first basic program that my buddy Tim and I created was a math test. If you could answer a math question correctly then you were rewarded with an ASCII rocket shooting off into the starry sky… more