We see kids playing on their phones every day but rarely do we see them building the games they’re playing. However, there is now a program designed to teach kids those special skills.
10-year-old John says, “It’s always been my goal to become a computer scientist and make games.”
This is the first year John is learning computer coding in his fifth grade class. Instead of playing sports games, he wants to make them.
“Ever since I started coding, I’ve been watching how they make them,” said John.
Students like John are learning to code through a special drag and drop program called Kidode. It allows kids to use different codes to make their own apps or games.
The Bigtown Kids Code program is designed to bring awareness of computer science to kids. By 2020, there will be a need for 1,000,000 jobs in coding and computer science.
“In the very near future, most things are going to run off of some form of code. We tend to understand then how the job opportunities, work force development issues, and critical thinking aspects with learning the code are so critical to our young people,” said John Doe, the co-creator of Bigtown Kids Code.