If you ever wanted to try your hand at learning something new, certainly Coding can be a great place to start. It’s a wonderful opportunity to increase your skills and the possibilities. A major incentive would hopefully to start a new career, or help out with a game or app that you’ve always wanted to create.
Coding is not the easiest thing to do, but like anything you are trying for the first time, if you put in some time and effort, it can be very rewarding. One website that is trying to do its best and encourage you to try coding for at least an hour before you make a permanent decision on it is: http://code.org/. In fact they’ve created an amazing video with some pretty successful people to help try and convince you.
On the website you’ll find some encouraging videos and tutorials, all of them showcasing a different type of code and at different levels. Exercises that really help your skills evolve and that are relevant with what’s going on in the world of computer and electronics today. Below you see a list of just some of the great exercise available at your fingertips.
Build your first computer program
Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. Available in 34 languages.
Choose from 3 activities designed to give you your first experience programming. For example, use the programming language Python to build a chatbot called "Eliza". Can she fool your friends into think she's a human not a computer? This can be done in either a student-guided or teacher-facilitated form and comes with all notes and solutions.
Create an iPhone game in an hour
Tried programming already, if so learn to develop an iPhone game in an hour! Guides to help you through the process will get you on your way to coding, testing and playing your game. After you’ve finished it, share your game with friends and family via Facebook.
Develop and build your knowledge quickly with guides and the best part is, you can do all of this in the browser window. No software download required. Login and create an account to take advantage of greater lesson plans and get up to date news.
After checking out a few of these lessons, don’t forget to come in and take advantage of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits we have available in the Hub. Those kits are a great tool to help strengthen that knowledge and take you to higher levels. In addition, try some app or game development on our driverless PC.