My friend David Levy (who is new-to-fatherhood) recently wrote an excellent post about kids learning to code and how it appears to be the wave of the future. Even if you don’t have kids, you should read it.
On a related note, I’ve also started to see more and more people working on some really cool education based hacking projects and games.
In fact, I myself, in addition to slowly working Python into my kids school work (I try to get them to write programs to help them solve their homework programs) have recently backed a Kickstarter project called “Robot Turtles: the board game for little programmers” (btw - you should back it too). It’s a physical game that is designed to help kids ‘think’ like a programmer – a concept I really love.
Bottom line is that computers and machines are becoming more and more integrated into every part of our lives (and even more so in our kids lives)…the more we can do to ensure they have the skills to both understand AND control these things at their will, the better and brighter I think the future is for everyone.
Programming as we know it will certainly evolve, I simply hope all our kids are learning to evolve right along with it.
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Kevin has a day job as CTO of Veritonic and is spending nights & weekends hacking on Share Game Tape. You can also check out some of his open source code on GitHub or connect with him on Twitter @falicon or via email at kevin at falicon.com.
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