By Tom Z
12:40 PM EST, February 28, 2013
The website Code.org has put together a new video urging young kids to learn how to code. The video features celebrities such as Chris Bosh and Will.I.Am, as well as tech entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It explains the importance of coding in this modern world and explains that coding is no more difficult than learning math or science. Will.I.Am even explains that coders are today’s rock stars. Which is not true at all, but hey, whatever piques the kids’ interest. Here’s the 5-minute video:
I actually learned coding as a teenager. Except I wasn’t doing it for a greater good, or to increase my job prospects, or even for entertainment. I was trying to cheat on my 11th grade physics tests. I created a Hangman game on my TI-82 graphing calculator, and then hid the answers to the tests inside the source code. Eventually the teacher caught on to this trick and made us clear our calculator’s memory before every test. At which point I designed a program that made it look like the memory was cleared even though it wasn’t. Granted, it would have been a lot easier and less time consuming to simply study for the tests, but I learned a valuable life skill and avoided having to memorize useless physics equations that I would never need in real life. And look at me now, a mid-level web producer for the Tribune Company. In a way you could say I’m just like Bill Gates. But in another, much more realistic way, you could say Bill Gates is better than me in every facet of life imaginable.
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