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You’ve probably seen an article or two about how coding is the “it” skill for children these days. Organizations like Girls Who Code and Hour of Code are developing coding programs designed to prepare children for career success later in life. Schools around the country are recognizing the need for computer science classes, and nearly 40% of schools around the U.S. now teach programming. While technology continues to evolve, computer science job openings continue to grow.

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December 15, 2015
MacKenzie Masten

10 Ways to Keep Your Kid Coding After Hour of Code

Kids & Coding, STEM

As Computer Science Education week comes to an end, the hype surrounding coding for kids tends to die down as well. Last week’s excitement for computer science and coding has moved to Star Wars (understandably so). Here at ThinkFun we believe that

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December 04, 2015
Gene Luen Yang

Superman Writer Gene Yang Guest-Writes on The History of Women Who Code

Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM

Happy Computer Science Education Week!  My name is Gene Luen Yang and I’m a comic book writer.  I write DC Comics’ monthly Superman series and the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels from Dark Horse Comics. With Hour of Code just around the corner, I wanted to write a piece exploring the remarkable, and not widely known, history of women in programming.

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October 26, 2015
Mike Ritchie

Coding Literacy & The Evolution of Gaming

Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding, STEM

Everyone knows about the push to bring ‘coding literacy’ to kids across America (and the world). We don’t need to recap it, or track how it’s grown – that’s already been done by many. What we should talk about is what it actually means and how it works, because at first glance the idea of coding literacy for children seems, well, grandiose. We don’t expect our 6 year olds to start building websites, or for Google to track the progress of middle school coding prodigies like big Universities do with emerging football stars. So what is coding literacy for kids, and how do we achieve it?

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October 05, 2015
Mike Ritchie

Mark Engelberg, Inventor of Code Master, Featured in Getting Smart

Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM

Here at ThinkFun we work very hard to find the smartest, most innovative game inventors around. The goal is definitely to make a fun product, but it’s just as important to us that there’s a learning component – that kids develop critical thinking skills during their play, whether they’re aware of it or not. One of those inventors is Mark Engelberg, a former NASA programmer and current educator who was recently featured on GettingSmart.com.

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September 16, 2015
Mike Ritchie

5 Things You Need to Know About Hour of Code

Kids & Coding

We’ve all heard a lot about the Hour of Code over the past couple of years. Until recently, I didn’t know much about it – what I had heard was that it was an effort to get students, or anyone really, to spend one hour learning the basics of programming. But how are they learning it? Who is teaching them? And at the end of the hour, what do they know that they didn’t know before?

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September 03, 2015
Mike Ritchie

Can Scratch & Hour of Code Help Your Kid Learn Programming?

Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding

Coding for kids. Is it a fad, a trend or a movement? Whether or not it's here to stay (codeSpark thinks it is), it has definitely arrived. Code.org has led the charge, giving millions of people a chance to learn programming with the Hour of Code, and even getting President Obama to ask America to learn computer science and personally participate in an Hour of Code. But what does coding for kids actually mean?

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