Programming – Just Do It

“I like programming because I like being able to sit down and just do it, I like how it makes you think and I like working on projects with my dad. I also like reading, writing, drawing, math, TV and word games.

My motivation is to be a great person, to help the world, to make discoveries and to prove that girls and women can do anything.”

Alexandra Jordan, a fourth grader from Sunnyvale, programmed a playdate app called Super Fun Kid Time, which she is planning to launch in November. In honor of the International Day of the Girl — formally recognized by the United Nations on October 11th, 2012 — TechCrunch asked Jordan to write a guest post on her experiences as a young coder.

Alexandra’s simple explanation of why she likes programming is clear enough. Programming is thoughtful, social, and helps her feel like she can make the world a better place.

To me, age-appropriate concepts like these, not future job prospects or global competition, are the real reasons we should be teaching programming to all children.

Read her entire post>>>

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