Maximite is a great thing, that word is what came out when i read about it on the first time: wow this is great!
On the students case, i saw the bright side of it - it is proven to become a powerful jump start that make the "empty" students asking for more in short time
All joking aside, C should be the choice of students since its the universally accepted language. Supported by all the chip makers, transportable and cheap tools. Basic and Pascal are ok for old farts, but will fade away due to non support.
I tend to agree, but how do i push them to learn the C, the compiler, the IDE, and the programmer + debugger while i have only fraction of my time for them? They are not my students, i am not a teacher, i am just helping them.
So what is the next thing should i give to them, any idea?