How did I get here? Now, where to from here?
My name is Emily de la Pena and I am the Founder of Coding Kids. I started Coding Kids in January 2016. Now, 15 months later we are operating at 20 schools in South East Queensland and travelling throughout regional Queensland. How did I get here? I’m not a teacher nor am I a programmer. So let me start at the beginning.
Problems are an Opportunity
Running my own business means days filled with fire fighting and trouble shooting. Customers come to me with problems, employees come to me with problems, partner organisations and other stakeholders come to me with problems. But I love it. Problems are an opportunity to excel, highlight our strengths, create value and develop the best solution in the market. Problems are a call to action to move us to create a desired future.
What is the best programming language to get a job?
Coding classes for children are so much fun. They build computer games, animated stories and digital artwork. After a hard day at school, they come to us and we let our imaginations run wild and be creative. In the process, they learn timeless skills such as computational thinking, problem solving, logic, design and creativity.
But these questions makes me wonder, do children’s piano classes, swimming classes or speech and drama classes get asked the same questions?
6 fundamental concepts of coding
There are only 6 fundamental concepts of coding. We covered the first three concepts in a previous blog post. Let’s go through the last three concepts here: arithmetic, data storage, data in / data out.
Let’s start from Scratch and learn to code: Part 3
In case you missed it… On Thursday 11 May, we ran our third and final session in a three-part series of web conferences: Let’s start from Scratch and learn to code. Part 3: Let’s build a computer game and make learning about Cartesian coordinates fun. Learn about algorithms, sequencing, branching and looping.
Is coding only for geeks, gamers or geniuses?
Is coding only for people who like maths, logic, and analytical thinking? For geeks, gamers or geniuses? Or is coding a means to create for the arts, human-centred design, empathy, storytelling, human connection, building imaginary worlds, characters and adventures, social impact and creative expression.
Coding is built on 3 basic logic patterns
Coding, or computer programming, is built on three basic logic patterns:
These three ideas form the basis of all coding knowledge.
Let’s start from Scratch and learn to code: Part 2
Part 2 is digital artwork and animation movies.
In the words of Steve Jobs, “Computer science is a liberal arts”. Let’s create digital artwork and introduce how you can make animated stories with Scratch. Learn about Cartesian coordinates, algorithms, and sequencing.
Regional Queensland, we’re coming!
The Digital Economy & Productivity team, within the Department of Science, Information Technology & Innovation, brings you the Digital Skills for all Queenslanders Regional Roadshow.
Through our Digital Skills for all Queenslanders roadshow, people in regional towns can interact with exciting digital technologies and consider the benefits and opportunities that the digital age brings and what it could mean in their lives.