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Student Spotlight: Andrew

Meet the Taggart family from Jensen, Utah, and find out how learning to code with CodeWizardsHQ has led Andrew to be our Student of the Month!

Here are two of Andrew’s Projects:

                      

CodeWizardsHQ’s community spreads around the world. We are lucky to have amazing families like the Taggart family! They have three children, Andrew, 11, Connor, 9, and Lizzy, 7. Andrew was kind enough to answer a few questions about their #codingadventure.

Q. What’s your coding background, Andrew?

A: I’ve always enjoyed technology and I found out about Scratch when I was 8. I quickly outgrew it and my programs became too long for Scratch’s old software to handle. So I started programming Python and HTML and a few years later, I decided that I wanted to take a coding class and that’s how we found CWHQ.

Q: What are your family’s hobbies?

A: Camping, riding bikes, fishing, playing games together

Q: What subjects do your children enjoy in school?

A: Sciences and technology

Q: Anything else fun and interesting you’d like to share about your family?

A: We have a large market garden that is almost 2 acres where we grow and sell vegetables to families in our community through our family business. We work together as a family to grow and harvest vegetables.

Q: How did you find out about CWHQ?

A: A Google search

Q: What are some things you like about learning to code with CWHQ?

A: My teacher, the community at CWHQ

Q: Last of all, what plans do you have Coding in your family’s future?

A: I will be working on our website for our family business as well as writing apps for my parents to help with the management of the garden and customers.

Q: To Mr. & Mrs. Taggart: What goals or dreams for your children in relation to coding?

A: We hope that Andrew can write the programs that he envisions to create to help and better the world around him.

What his teacher, Ivann Grande, says about Andrew:

Andrew’s interest in coding has constantly been developing throughout his young life. He shows discipline and interest in anything that he does. He will go out of his way to customize his projects, just so he can continue coding. Andrew is always the first to help answer any questions his classmates may have and always involved in the CodewizardsHQ community. It is always a joy to have him in class and I’ve enjoyed his presence in every class.

Andrew also shared with me his family farm website which I absolutely love. Search “Heritage Family Gardens”. The first photos you see are of him and his family. In the group photo, he is the one on the far right. He was talking about how he’s been busy harvesting all his plants these past few weeks on his 20+ acre farm with his family. He and his family sell their produce to nearby towns in Utah using their website. Such a sweet and genuine family. I’m glad you’re doing a spotlight on him.

Some of his projects are very simple and not as “flashy” as other students, but this project shows a bit of his innovation. This project was made so that random cars are loaded into the page every time it loads.

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6 Charts Every Parent Should See

6 Charts Every Parent Should See

Here are 6 charts all middle school parents should see. The charts are backed by data from reputed sources like the Brookings Institution, College Board, National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gallup and more.

All middle school parents will find that these charts collectively reflect the kind of world our kids will be graduating into.

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1. Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States.

We also see that computing jobs are infiltrating in every field of study. Their growth is projected at twice the rate of all other jobs. This means that we, as parents, need to prepare our children with computing skills.

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2. 71% of STEM jobs are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in computing.

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3. The lifetime earnings of a computer science graduate are 40% more than a regular college graduate

With computer science skills permeating in every field of study, this gap will increase further!

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4. You want your daughter to start computer science early.

The diversity problem persists over time. This happens is because although 91% of girls are aware of computer science, only 44% say they are willing to try it. This is similar for minorities — 53% of blacks and 54% of Hispanics are open to trying it.

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5. Students enjoy computer science more than we think.

Out of several academic disciplines, here we see that students actually enjoy computer science. Surprising?

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6. Most middle school parents want their child to learn computer science, but schools don’t teach it yet.

While most middle school parents do realize the importance of learning programing skills, they do not have access to a structured coding curriculum. You can either check out our curriculum or check out the carefully curated list of 19 websites that introduce coding to kids.

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Connecting Earth Day and Coding

At CodeWizardHQ we believe coding can transform the future. Earth Day is a reminder that we are all part of a big beautiful planet and need to join together to take care of its magnificence.  

Today we salute The Three Kid Inventors! All three of the amazing students below used computational thinking to bring their imagination to life! They saw a possibility and built a life-saving robot! Light homes without electricity! And make our world healthier through harnessing green energy!

Coding and computational thinking are not just specialized technicals skills that limit our kids to sitting in front of a screen. They provide the catalyst for making life-changing inventions come to life.  Learn more about how you can launch your kids’ possibilities for becoming the innovators of tomorrow: www.codewizardshq.com

 

Thirteen-year-old David Cohen created two major potentially life-saving inventions, including one designed to locate earthquake victims and one equipped to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. 3M

David Cohen, Texas. As he learned about earthworms in class he became curious to learn if anyone had created a robotic earthworm. He began to actively inquire about the applications such a robot could have and decided to build one himself!  Using the knowledge had had from coding he created a prototype robot. The robot had heat-sensing technology and GPS! The robot served to rescue people from emergencies safely and efficiently!

 

(Rafikov Family/Discovery Education)  Nikita Rafikov, 11, built a “House Of The Future” with windows that contain a green fluorescent protein to emit light.

Nikita Rafikov, Georgia. The 11-year-old developed a way to embed GFP, or green fluorescent protein, into windows to create efficient glass and lighting. GFP is the protein found in certain jellyfish that creates those cool bioluminescence effects seen in nature photography. By embedding this protein into windows, Rafikov has found a way to light homes without the use of electricity.

 

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Javier Fernandez-Han, Texas. At 9 years old, he knew he wanted the Versatile System, a mix of new and existing technology that uses algae to treat waste, produces methane and bio-oil as fuel, grows food, and traps greenhouse gases.

 

References:

Texas Eighth-Grader Builds Robots to Combat World Issues

Kid Inventors Vie for Top Honors in National Science Competition

15 Year Old Invents Complete Algae Energy System

Zoom, CodeWizardsHQ and the future of work!

Yesterday, Zoom, the company that enables online collaboration had its IPO which valued the company at $9.2B! The company is so valuable because they have built the technology platform that enables how work gets done in the future – distributed teams, collaborating seamlessly through virtual meetings.

Carl Eschenbach, a partner at Sequoia was asked why did he decide to invest in zoom. He explained, “When we spoke to the CFO of one of the largest and fastest growing tech companies in the world, he told us he spends 80% of his day using Zoom talking to his people around the world. That is transforming the way people communicate and collaborate globally and in the enterprise”.

Why is work transforming this way? Why are we moving from co-located teams to distributed teams? It is because companies want to work with the best talent they can hire, regardless of where they live. It is true even for CodeWizardsHQ. We are a distributed team and it enables us to hire the very best from around the world. And we use zoom every day for internal collaboration. Being global is part of our culture.

What does this mean for our students?

CodeWizardsHQ has been utilizing the Zoom platform to teach coding to students through live, instructor-led, virtual classrooms. We have always believed that utilizing an online medium for teaching coding is not only effective and convenient but also prepares our students for the work environment of the future. Our students will be confident, communicative, and capable to lead virtual meetings.

In eight years, 50.9% of the U.S. workforce will be remote. The community at CodeWizardsHQ is far-reaching. We have students all over the globe! Our students will be increasingly prepared for the work environment of the next decades where distributed teams collaborate via virtual mediums.

If you are a parent and interested in exploring coding education for your child, find out about us here – www.codewizardshq.com.

6 Videos That Inspire Your Child To Learn Coding

You want your child to learn to code. Your child isn’t that interested. It’s quite common.

Many parents ask us if we have ammunition that they can use to convince their child to learn to code. Something they can show their kids.

That is why we have compiled these videos that will move your child to consider learning to code.

Best way to engage someone is to start with where their current interests lie. That is why this list is organized based on interests.

1. For Everyone!

The video that started the coding for kids revolution. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. (5 mins)


2. Dance & Code

“For the longest time, code was completely separate from dance. I never really put them together. And they were two completely different worlds until a few years ago when I got the idea to combine code and dance to create iLuminate.”


3. Videogame & Code

“I make a lot of things with code but they all go into one thing, which is a video game. There is more to video games that throwing a football around or driving a fast car. The great thing about making a video game is that it encompasses just about every creative activity that you can imagine.”


4. Animation & Code

“There is a million things you can do with code in animated films. You can use code to make a leaf flutter. You can make a giant head of red curly hair that moves appropriate with the character. You can make water. You can make schools of fish with code. You can have a car drive on a road with code. You can make cloth that moves with the characters. There are so many things you can do with it. It goes on and on and on”.


5. Fashion & Code

“I live in New York and I work at the intersection of fashion and technology. In order to dream big in the field of future fashion, it is essential to know a little bit about code. In the future, clothing will be fully responsive to our bodies. The building blocks of all of these innovations are having an understanding of code. I truly believe that if you get involved with code now you will be able to help build the future of the fashion industry.”


6. Music & Code

“If you want to make beats, I would start off putting loops together. It is sort of like you are building something in legos. You are putting together a whole bunch of things to build one song. I am wondergirl and my music is made with code.”


After viewing this, if your child gets inspired to learn to code, explore if CodeWizards is right for them.

5 Educational Leaders Share The Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code

5 Educational Leaders Share The Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code

Kids should learn to code because certain benefits of coding help to build a foundational shift that is much needed in today’s world of technology.

Whether we read our favorite book, make our shopping list (remember our dear Alexa?), or talk to our friends (yes, I mean Whatsapp!), we use software apps. These apps enable us to do everything in a more fun-filled way.

We all realize that in future more products and services will be software-enabled. Explicably, this is causing a higher demand for technical skills in almost every professional field. And as a result, we can see that Computer Science is infiltrating many streams of the college education.

But if kids learn to code, they get several other benefits also.

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To fully understand the benefits of coding for kids (other than landing a high paying job), we asked many educational leaders one question:

What would you say is the single most important benefit of a child learning to code?

Here is what we learned.

Carol L. Fletcher, Ph.D.,

Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education
The University of Texas @ Austin

learn to code“Coding is uniquely beneficial for students because it combines two kinds of learning experiences that are often separate in traditional schooling.  Systematic problem solving, logical thinking, and iterative design principles can be paired with creativity and a student ownership when kids use coding to create projects that have meaning to them personally. Coding by its nature forces students to try, fail, and try again, thus helping kids become critical thinkers with the grit and commitment to persevere because they are motivated by the opportunity to create something truly personal and social at the same time.”

 

Kevin Schwartz

Technology Officer for Learning and Systems
Austin Independent School District

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In one word, kids can learn “Empathy”.   It might seem counter-intuitive, but coding is very much about cause and effect.  It requires an understanding of how others will act, interact, and react to the program that is created.  There can be a strong connection to human values.”

 

Dr. Shawnterra Moore

Superintendent
South San Francisco Unified School District

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“It opens other doors for students who know how to code and helps them so they become more comfortable with problem solving and finding new ways to approach and tackle complex problems.”

 

 

Tricia Berry

DIRECTOR, WOMEN IN ENGINEERING PROGRAM
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS @AUSTIN

benefits of coding“Coding can help children learn the power of persistence. When a child codes, experiences challenges or failures, problem solves, tries again, perhaps fails again and again, and then eventually persists and succeeds, she gains confidence in her abilities and is more likely to embrace the growth mindset. Being able to persist through challenges and to believe you can figure it out are critical in STEMand life!

 

Lannon Heflin

director of instructional technology
round rock INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

benefits of coding“Students of all ages benefit from learning the foundations of code because the logic, reasoning and computational thinking required translates into better performance in other academic areas. Just like algebraic thinking improves one’s capacity to process and learn new information, the process of assembling code logically to achieve a result requires higher cognitive skills which must be developed with practice. And since most children enjoy apps and games, motivating them to practice these skills is much easier.”

 

These thoughts from our education experts definitely hammer down one argument – we need to equip our kids with proper coding skills by the time they reach college. But, it’s more important to realize that if kids learn to code, they develop skills that cannot be taught through the traditional education system.

One of the biggest benefits of learning how to code is that kids learn how to blend imagination and creation. Coding allows our little dreamers to be entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. It allows them to bring their ideas into reality by writing the software.

It’s not to say that everyone needs to be an entrepreneur. But being entrepreneurial in attitude and approach to whatever you do, should be the way of life. This is what we need to teach our kids too.

All these essential skills, which are instilled through learning programming at an early age, will ultimately open up more opportunities for our children. They will definitely have the edge to thrive in the future.

What do you think?

How to Expose Your Child to Real World Coding in 1-Hour per Week?

Most parents believe their child should have some exposure to code.

At the same time, most students aren’t code literate. Why?

In our facebook group for code-interested parents, we asked them why?

And the #1 reason is fitting coding into their child’s schedule.

Here is the good news!

Learning to code doesn’t have to be a big commitment. Your child can get started with just 1-hour per week. If the student is interested, they will find the time to keep going.

Because CodeWizardsHQ is a live, instructor-led online class, there is in-built accountability. Students make the time and actually end up learning to write real-code.

Does your child have an hour a week over the next 12-weeks to learn this useful, 21-century skill?

If yes, checkout our upcoming class times and start dates.

AT LAST – A Coding Program That Fits Your Child’s Schedule

AT LAST - A Coding Program That Fits Your Child’s Schedule

Your child’s schedule is packed.

Activities are lined-up back to back. There is no time left to consider anything else.

However, you want your child to learn coding. Your child is also reasonably interested in trying it.

The big hurdle is finding time in the schedule.

We know this problem.

That is why we have worked hard to design a coding program that fits into your child’s schedule.

Here is how we did it.

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What Uber Teaches You About Your Child’s Future

What Uber Teaches You About Your Child's Future

Last month, I took over 50 Ubers in India.

During these trips, I talked to the cab drivers about their thoughts on Uber.

In these conversations, some interesting insights emerged.

The common theme is this – They can’t believe that Uber, with a simple software product, is getting the lion’s share of profits.

Their contention was that the traditional sources of investment in a business is all made by them.

  • They invest the capital needed to buy the car.
  • They invest the manual labor needed to drive.
  • They cover all the gas and maintenance expenses.

However, Uber walks away with all the profit.  

How could this be?

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