The Gift of Coding for Newbies
Hello Ruby books
Co-founder of RailsGirls and childrens book author Linda Liukas keynoted at YOW! 2017 (watch online) and inspired the audience to imagine how the next generation will relate to technology. In her books Adventures in Coding and Journey Inside the Computer, a small girl with a huge imagination named Ruby embarks on adventures that teach the basics of coding and computers. With activities included in every chapter, future kid coders will be thrilled to put their own imaginations to work.
Jewelbots are friendship bracelets that you can code. Creator Sara Chipps spoke at YOW! 2017 and YOW! Connected (watch online) about the inspiration for this project and how she went about designing a wearable for kids. She even had an 8-year-old live coding in C++ in front of an audience! You can order your own Jewelbot here. Also be sure to check out Sara’s blog post of the best coding toys for kids.
Teaching Kids Programming
Lynn Langit is an independent Cloud and Big Data architect as well as the Director and lead courseware developer for Teaching Kids Programming. Lynn reckons that the most important thing that we can do to increase diversity in tech is to provide training and courseware to middle school teachers (grades 5-8). Lynn recently spoke about “10 years of teaching kids to code” at DDD Brisbane (watch online). You can also check out the TKP materials on Github as well as lesson plans for teachers.
Level up your programming skills, write code like it’s prose, become fluent in a new language, and master the art of clean code… Exercism.io is a free platform for code practice and programming mentorship. Katrina Owen is an engineer at Github and the creator of the site, and she spoke at YOW! 2017 about the lessons she’s learned along the way. You can also check the new Beta version at https://v2.exercism.io/
Best Wishes for Happy Coding Holidays from YOW!