The coding challenge
..... When I was a teenager, back in the 1980s, I could program in assembler (assembly language - one step up from binary) - and so could most of my friends. Roll the clock forward a few (ahem) years.... and how many teenagers do you know who can write code today? They all have iPads and iPhones, they're all on Twitter and Facebook.... but could any of them code an app (or even build a website from raw HTML)? Do they hate Babbage as much as cabbage? And, if so, what's the answer?
Geat initiatives like #CodeClubs
and the #RaspberryPi
are teaching kids how to get dirty with code, just like we used to. But getting kids hooked on programming at a really young age is as big a challenge as ever. Here's a video about Play-i robot--a new project from Vikas Gupta that aims to hook kids on #programming
and robotics before it's too late.