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Teaching Kids to Code

NEW MEETING TOPIC: TEACHING KIDS TO CODE

As a parent, I'm wondering how to prepare my boys for the job market of the future, and the obvious gap needing to be filled right now is people who can solve problems in/with code. When and how to start teaching my boys coding skills is something I contemplate regularly.

If you're a parent or you're interested in preparing the next generation of coders, please come and share your thoughts. What have you tried, what's worked/working for you?

As a basic framework, we'll look at code.org and some of the tools they recommend, plus we'll look at a site I've been enjoying: jsdares.com.


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  • Mei L.

    Need to catch up on work. Hope to make it next time.

    May 9, 2013

  • Ian G.

    I won't be able to make it, but I'm definitely interested in the topic!

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Greg, interesting meetup topic. I think also it would be helpful to answer the question: What will the world, in general, and the world of computing, specifically, look like in the next 15-20 years? I presume that whatever anyone starts to learn today will both be a good foundation for the future, but at the same time, it will all likely be obsolete and replaced by whatever technologies are designed in the next 15-20 years. In terms of advice on how to prepare children of the future, feed them as much as they can learn, but in the end, help them find one area that they are passionate about today that can help them build their future. It may be in technology, but it may be completely somewhere else. Keep the options open, help them be kids today, help them become good student learners and the rest will fall into place.

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think trying to predict the things that will change is an exercise in futility. But looking back at what *hasn't* changed might provide insight into the skills required to meet tomorrow's needs. For example, look at jsdares.com. You have a tank you have to move around a grid. The early problems are just about how to get it to drive over the goal squares, then how to get it to drive over them in the fewest lines of code.

      May 3, 2013

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