Anyone can code!
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Hi Everyone! I’m Claire Kim, the Operations Manager here at Code For Kids. I’m different than what you’d expect from someone helping run a coding school. I’m currently studying Life Sciences and Math in my fourth year at Queen’s, and I have no experience at all in Computer Science!
The extent of my computer education was learning how to minimize windows quickly and type up essays on Microsoft Word. When I met Lucas, he showed me all these awesome things you can do with computers if you know what you’re doing, but it was always an enigma for me. I never really understood what Computer Science was, or even the concept of computer programming, until I entered university. Our computers do all these neat things and it’s easy to forget that someone had to create everything we use! I probably still don’t know enough to even hold a conversation about it, but that’s something I’m trying to change - not only about myself, but for the next generation too.
I’ve decided to learn a programming language (or so I’m told) called Python. Despite being the name of a snake, I’m told that it’s a really strong and simple to learn language that will show me what all this is about. I doubt I’ll get to the level of Lucas or Julian, but I’ll definitely try! I’m going to be learning from a book called “Python for Kids” by Jason R. Briggs and I will be blogging about my experience.
Why am I doing this?
We are living in the future. Amazon is launching drones to deliver small packages autonomously. Google glass, a wearable set of computer glasses, is an actual product that exists. We have near constant access to the entirety of human knowledge in our pockets. Our world is amazing and it’s all built on computer science and coding. As an employee at Code For Kids, I am committed to making sure the next generation knows how important this is. Exposure to the field is key for children to gain hands-on experience, build familiarity and learn the ways of critical thinking. Coding is our future, and the future is here!
Operations Manager @ Code For Kids