Teaching kids (and other newbies) to code


MinneBar 8 (6 April 2013)
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You can inspire a new code-savvy generation! Introducing CoderDojo Twin Cities and the Technovation challenge.
2013-04-06 09:30

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You can inspire a new code-savvy generation!

This session introduces several local initiatives ranging from the Twin Cities Coder Dojo (a free friendly environment where kids learn programming) to the Technovation Challenge (high school girls designing and building mobile apps.) It also discusses a wide range of online resources that can be used individually or in groups for kids and other newbies learning to code.

Why learn to code? You know the answers: It’s fun, profitable, useful, interesting – and a fundamental skill for learning how to solve problems, understand how the world works, and make things happen.

So why don’t more kids learn how to code?

• The number of all students participating in computer science training is less than 20% and is decreasing; girls and many minorities are hugely under-represented.

• Those who do show an interest in the field find that most schools simply do not offer an up-to-date, rigorous computer science curriculum. Minnesota is close to the bottom in K-12 computer science standards. Many schools teach kids about using computers, but not about programming them; it’s like learning to read but not how to write.

Minnebar, we can fix this. We need more and more diverse code-savvy kids, teens and adults as creative problem solvers to invent a better future. Come see what’s underway, then (if you can) join in and help.

Presenters include Rebecca Schatz, Catalyst of the non-profit organization Code Savvy, and Matt Gray, VP of Technology at Clockwork and Founder of the Twin Cities' CoderDojo.

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