We’ve been trying to follow as many ladies in STEM fields as we can, creating Twitter lists by field. One of the most amazing experiences of the past couple of weeks, was watching live tweets of ladies who were involved with the launch of NASA’s Maven project to Mars. Following women in STEM careers is a great way to get an idea of what types of things they work on day-to-day, as well as a way to build connections and learn. You can follow us @LadyParagons, and see all our Twitter lists. Continue Reading →
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Kids are creative and they love technology. Seeing what my daughter can do with Legos and Minecraft proves that Kids love to build. Coding is another way to build, and if it’s simplified and made fun, kids can, not only do it, but also enjoy it.
Tynker is a browser-based program to help kids understand the logic behind computer programming. It works by giving them a syntax driven system of building blocks that they can use to create games, stories, animations and other creations.
The Maker Mom has a good review of Tynker and a chance to win a version.
As a computer engineer, I think computer science education is missing from our schools. Many assume that because kids can use technology, they somehow know how to understand, leverage and build with technology. As computers become more and more a part of our everyday lives, we need more people with the training to make technology work for us. Even if people are in fields outside of computer science, learning to think programmatically can help anyone solve problems more efficiently. I’d like to see more of these types of programs be accessible as part of public education funding.
Do you have a favorite way to teach kids to code?
Obviously there is quite a bit of crossover and many of the organizations support all STEM fields.
A special shout-out to The Wistar Institute, where our co-founder, Dr. Marie Webster works on cancer research: