Why Kids Should Learn How to Code?

Increases critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

For many developers like myself, part of the appeal of coding is the challenge and reward of seeing my code come to life after debugging. Coding, debugging and remixing your own and other people’s code is fundamentally problem-solving activities. This will help kids to go back and think about what just happened and quickly solve the problem. Kids will learn to break big problems down into smaller manageable peace and also to use already gained knowledge on their own little projects.

 

I think everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.
– Steve Jobs

 

Future Job Ready

With the knowledge of programming, anyone can become superheroes, with this skill their opportunities will increase which can open pathways in, medical, science, engineering, defence, space and more. In the next 25 years, 71% of all new jobs will be required to have some STEM knowledge and 15% of the jobs in the future will be all automated, this includes such things as drivers, train/bus drivers, and other factory jobs. Learning to code will increase your child’s odds of securing a lucrative STEM career, especially in a world where computing jobs are growing at over twice the national average.

 

I wrote my first software program when I was thirteen years old. It was for playing tic-tac-toe. The computer I used was huge and cumbersome and slow and absolutely compelling.
– Bill Gates

 

Turning Ideas To Action

Once kids have the foundations of how to code, this then gives them the platform to start building whatever they desire. A famous example is Bill Gates who learned how to code when he was in eighth grade. His first program was in BASIC and was a computer representation of Game Tic Tac Toe. At the age of 15, he and Paul Allen made $20,000 with a computer program called Traf-O-Data which measured traffic flow in Seattle area.

Another example is Linus Torvalds the creator of the Linux operating system and Git starting to learn to code when he was in primary school just by doing simple stuff. When he started Linux he called it a “Hobby”, now the Linux operating system is a widely known within the IT community, it also powers 446 of the world’s top 500 supercomputers.

Programming Is Awesome And Fun.

With programming kids can make and produce many fascinating applications, they may build games, apps, websites, chat bots and much more. Children can tap into their creativity and produce things that us adults wouldn’t have imagined.

For many, part of the appeal of coding is the challenge and reward of seeing their code come to life after a good debugging session. Don’t be fooled, however–with the right instruction, getting started with programming can be easy and fun.

Programming is the language of the digital age.

When was I was growing up I wasn’t introduced to my first phone until I was in year 11, nowadays children are growing up differently than the previous generations. We are surrounded by Smartphones, Laptops, Tablets, Youtube, Netflix, and Facebook which are embedded in their daily lives. Even the toys are digital including Legos, LeapFrogs, Spheros and whiteboards. With this we need to understand the importance of the logic behind them, understanding the mechanics and code helps them understand the world.

 

Last Week In Tech #1

Space Suits Gets An Upgrade

Future space travelers on the CST-100 Starliner will be wearing the new “Boeing Blue” space suit which is developed by Boeing. The new suit has some amazing new features that didn’t have in the old white and orange space suits you usually find at NASA. Unlike traditional spacesuits, this one has many zippers to make it comfortable to move and sit down in the suit.

The spacesuits will now be 40 percent light the previous suits thanks to its innovative layers which also will keep the traveler/astronaut cool. The gloves on the suit are touch screen friendly which will help whilst in the capsule with tablets, touchscreen panels and if need be a selfie in mid-flight. The future of space travel suit will only get better from here.

Source: Boeing

App Helping The Blind

A mobile application built by Marita Cheng is helping the blind explore and experience the world differently. The app uses computer vision & neutral networks on your phone to identify objects and colours by using the phone’s camera. According to Airpoly by using neural networks directly on the device, the app will not require an internet connection, it will also be ten times faster than cloud solutions for image recognition. Currently, there are 285 million visually impaired people in the world and in the next 5 years, two-thirds of them will become smartphone users.

Source: University of Melbourne 

 

A New Hope For Clean Energy

A new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance are giving hope to the new age in solar energy, although solar energy in some countries with dominant fossil fuels, coal and gas are still expensive reports indicate that by now and 2040 the cost of solar will reduce and thus becoming cheaper than the rest. Solar energy is however now half the price of coal and gas, it also is cheaper than the other renewables such as the wind and hydro energy. New solar projects are now costing less to build than wind projects in many countries. In 2017 you should see more projects in solar energy also more efficient solar panels.

 

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Source: Bloomberg.com Climatescope

Top 4 Programming Language to Learn in 2017

Writing Code - Programming Languages

1. HTML/CSS

For any website to run and work, it will require HTML which stands for Hypertext Markup Language and CSS which Cascade Style Sheets. Both are fairly easy to learn but if you want to have a functional website CSS makes everything look pretty. HTML/CSS is an essential skill to have such that all websites are built on these current web technologies.

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2. Python

Fast and ultra portable programming language, used by some of the biggest tech companies in the  world like Google, Dropbox and YouTube. Python is super easy to learn,  recommended as a beginner’s programming language by many people including us.

Python is currently big on data Analytics, finances and data representation. Large banking and finance companies use this to comb through big data sets to predict what will the economy will look like, shares, stocks and other financial services.

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3. Ruby

Ruby is a high-level programming language and a popular general purpose language. Currently in high demand in the marketplace, as it has more commonly used with Ruby on Rails framework to develop web applications. Concise and readable, it is easy to pick up but also plenty powerful. Companies like Twitter, Soundcloud, Goodreads and Kickstarter got their products off the ground with Ruby.

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4. Javascript

JavaScript is the programming language of the web, works alongside HTML/CSS. It is currently one of the most popular and in demand skills in today’s job market for a good reason. JavaScript is the backbone of modern websites it enables additional functionality such as smooth scroll, responsive design and animations. Javascript is also the foundation of a lot of commonly used libraries like jQuery and frameworks like AngularJS, ReactJS and NodeJS.

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Where To Learn?

If you want to a career change the best place to start learning to program is Udacity, if you want to just up skill yourself the second best place is Udemy.  Udacity is slightly pricey which won’t work for some people with a tight budget or some students. Plus side is the courses are supported by big tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google. On Udemy you can choose various courses not just, programming, equally good as you can up skill yourself in other areas.

You would also like to check out Coursera and Code School

HELP With Programming!

If you ever get stuck while programming you can ask Google for some help. A few good websites to bookmark are Stackoverflow and Quora.

 

 

Project Charlie

What Is Project Charlie?

Project Charlie is one of the first projects started as a collective which we are exploring into self-driving autonomous vehicles systems. Currently, the team is in its first stages of learning, research and better understanding how the systems work. We hope the autonomous system can better help deliver drones systems currently in the market, with potential partnerships with other organizations. The first prototype is scheduled to end of March.

 

 

 

How Does It Work?

In our current system, we are using a webcam to detect its surroundings using OpenCV and Python to track and work around obstacles. A majority of the software is being built from the ground up. In the next few months, the robot will be able to store a memory map of its location with regular updates of its environment. This is mostly done through machine learning techniques if you want to learn more about machine learning click here. The hardware for this project is run by a Raspberry Pie with the help of a few motor controllers. Since this is the R&D phase we hope after more funds we can get access to LIDAR‘s, various sensors and few camera.

 

Mr Loompa getting upgraded

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How can you get involved?

You can get involved by joining us via this link here or simply drop us a line at [email protected]. We meet up every Saturdays from 3:00PM – 5:00PM

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Spawning new ideas

I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.

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