See. Will.i.am told you you’re a rockstar. CASE CLOSED RIGHT? But seriously…stop saying computers are “scary” and your don’t understand them. That’s what people said about reading at some point. In another video from code.org, Zuckerburg says we will look back 30 years from now and wonder what the hell were we thinking? We use technology ALL DAY and the vast majority don’t know how it works…because we are scared. We have to get some basic literacy around computer science if we want to continue innovation in the manner we are now. In China, every kid has programming and in the US it is at about 5%. That is abysmal. It has to change.
I even blogged about how I got where I am from one little moment when I was 3 today on my work blog. I am talking about how I got into coding and how more girls need to see that as a career path. We need more computer programmers and I have found girls bring a whole different dynamic to the software development landscape. We need more of that!
“When I was 3, my mom was trying to get dinner started (oh mom, how I feel you now!) and she popped a floppy disk in our Apple II with the game Facemaker. I was mesmerized. I added beards and noses to my little guy like it was my job. From that point on, I was in love with computers. By the time high school rolled around, I was getting called out of class to help the media coordinator troubleshoot the lab. Computers are a part of who I am (well, not like a cyborg). I let that interest drive me to computer and electrical engineering degrees from NC State University….[keep reading]