What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coding? Complicated? Geeky? Hard? Well, I have to admit that coding might be intimidating for most people. Starting to code might not be simple, there’s hundreds of programming language to choose from, not to mention you have to learn design pattern, choose your text editor. Ok ok, that’s a lot to take in. So what can we do to make it more accessible? Well, let me introduce you to code.org.
Here’s a quote from code.org about page
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.
Why is learning to code so important? Well, unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last 5 years, apps change the world and you need to be able to code to make apps. Not to mention programmers get paid really well, and if you think being a geek means you’ll be missing out with the girls then guess who’s dating Miranda Kerr.
Code.org was not meant to make you a master coder. Code.org is for everyone who’s curious on trying out how to code. It’s super accessible for everyone, even kids. They use characters from Minecraft, Frozen and my personal favorite: Star Wars. They teach you to code with code blocks so you don’t have to type too much. The best of all, it’s accessible from desktop, laptop and tablet.
Today I joined the #HourOfCode movement and spend 1 hour re-learning to code along with Alex from Minecraft. I code him to move left, right, plant crops and build a house. All of that by just arranging blocks of codes. It’s amazingly accessible and I wish I would have something like this when I was a kid. I would totally get hooked on programming early on.
I can totally imagine this being on every curriculum on every school from as low as junior high. Building the interest to code from early one will be important, the earlier the interest develops, the faster they can change the world.
PS: Thank you Microsoft Indonesia for introducing me to Code.org!