Nowadays, almost all young people have a smartphone, so they are used to graphical interfaces. Therefore, to interest them in programming, it is best to provide them with exercises with a graphical user interface, and which can be used on a smartphone.
The Atlas toolkit can be used to easily elaborate such exercises. At https://q37.info/s/tpkx4cfk, you will find various exercises examples, and at https://q37.info/s/7sxtcv7g, exercises that will gradually lead the students to program a real game.
You can easily work on these exercises on a computer with Python installed, or on an online IDE, with nothing to install.