• Agents of Change

    • One of Google’s executives came up with a video that teaches children the logic behind computer programing using recreation and without them realising it.

    The turtle videogame that teaches children how to program / 

    In recent decades, computer programming has become one of the most interesting technical instruments for any professional. Any person who possesses this skill will almost certainly find a job: understanding the code language used in technological devices is an essential educational complement, and one of the most profitable skills within the employment market. This is the alphabetisation of the twentieth century, knowing, creating and learning.

    Nowadays programming is beginning to be considered one of the main resources of socioeconomic mobility, since in addition to its ability to be profitable, it is also available for countless people. Generally associated with complex mathematical calculations, or with the outstanding genius of those who practice it, this understanding is transforming, to the degree that currently programmers are teaching people how to use this social weapon, at a low cost.

    Alluding to this undeniable need, Dan Shapiro, an exec from Google, created a game where four year olds can understand the logic behind programing; he was inspired by his own four year old son. Shapiro submitted his initiative through the fund-raising platform Kickstarter, which managed to raise over 25 thousand dollars in just over 5 hours, and after only 24 hours it raised 80 thousand dollars —proof of a collective culture that values the teaching of programming.

    This videogame is called Robot Turtles and consists of moving a turtle towards a jewel. In the process they liberate cards that, through symbols, specify what the character can and can’t do— which allows them to create their own code in order to win a prize. This is an intuitive game which can also be bought on Kickstarter for 30 dollars.

    Shapiro himself has declared that programming is the new superpower and that any person who knows it can have huge professional opportunities. It would seem that teaching programing should be established as an educational right for new generations, and apparently, fortunately, the collective thought agrees.

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