Another co-worker in the Montreal Mother trade, learning and teaching code!
For the past year, I have been increasingly convinced that every kid should learn to code. Since I have daughters and I work at an all-girls’ school, my interest tends to lean toward getting girls interested in programming, but I guess boys can still learn too (before you get your knickers in a knot- I was kidding! Of course, boys should learn too. But not frogs. They would have to invent a flipper friendly keyboard).
Here are some of my talking points on this subject:
In 1990-91, about 29 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer and information sciences went to women; 20 years later, it has plunged to 18 percent. Today, just a quarter of all Americans in computer-related occupations are women. -Catherine Rampell, NY Times article
Anyone know how to get this to Miley Cyrus?
Google had just launched a program to turn the Raspberry Pi into a mini web server. Download this code onto an SD card and the Pi becomes an educational tool to teach kids the basics of app coding.
Something we need to be seeing more of: a library offering a coding day camp for teenagers.
Last week the Chatanooga public library set forth on its summer day camp for teenagers learning code. After some enterprising Chatanoogans (Pythanoogans?) had success with a project called Community Py, an eight week course teaching Python to adults and teenagers, they applied for a grant for a more intensive summer session.
One 40,000 grant later, they had 55 Chromebooks and enough money to pay instructors and teaching assistants.
Now all they need, according to organizers, is more girls.