This is where Summer of Code comes in. This is the beginning of a journey to expose younger patrons to a world that will inevitably wait them. It’s on what side of that line do they want to wait, the one where objects, symbols, and strings of letters make sense, or where they simply are magic. The few brave patrons that signed the “Commitment to Code” a pledge to program for 2 hours per week during this six week course are getting first hand knowledge at a potential future vocation that will ensure a greater understanding and perhaps peak an interest at pursuing this further.
On a first day of a bit of confusion getting everyone logged in and signed up we as a group made it through our first challenges. Snowman were drawn, hands were created, objects where produced, all from the hands of these patrons, all with no prior knowledge of computer code. Thanks to the wonderful free education software provided by Khan Academy we mustered through the beginnings and our voyage has become. There will be troubled seas as well as calm waters ahead, but the pursuit is what matters for these young minds. It’s the “Wow, this is so cool! I never knew you could do this with computers,” that make the entire process rewarding. As a coach, I’m not there to teach, but to encourage, validate, and inspire. I only hope the beginning moments of this Summer of Code captured enough belief in the participants that they’ll want to continue, not only in a classroom setting but on their own, for my direction and motivation can only extend so far, it’s within the home and outside that spirit needs to carry onto and for that, only time will tell.
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