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Have you been curious about this whole coding craze? Maybe you’re interested in learning more about computer programming skills, or maybe even the thinking behind creating a coding game? Today, we’re talking to Mark Engelberg, a former NASA researcher, educator, and inventor of several games, including the new ThinkFun //CODE series. As a programmer himself, Mark has plenty of insights into anything you may want to know about the world of programming!

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July 31, 2017
Kacey Templin

Eight Coding Languages You Should Know

Kids & Coding, STEM

Code is what makes the digital world tick. It’s what constitutes an app, computer program, or a website. In a nutshell, it is the way people can write instructions to a computer and have that computer understand the message. While all digital programs require code to function, they each use a separate type of code, which is called coding language. Each language has different attributes that make it more suitable for a specific application. If you’re interested in becoming a web developer, you’d want to check out Ruby, Python, or C#. If you wanted to become a game developer you may want to learn Java, C or C++. Today, we’re checking out eight coding languages you ought to know!

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July 24, 2017
Rachael Rufino

5 Super-Cool Offline Coding Activities

STEM Education / Play, Learning Through Play, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM, STEAM

Learning to code without a computer may seem illogical, but it makes perfect sense.  Unplugging the computer and teaching coding through more familiar mediums such as hands-on activities, can make the subject less intimidating and more interactive.

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July 17, 2017
Mike Ritchie

Why 21st Century Kids Need a Programming Education

Kids & Coding, STEM

Coding, STEM, robotics; these have become buzzwords for what a 21st century education should be. Schools are working to integrate technology into the classroom and curriculum, and companies are looking to create products that help children learn and master these new skills. But is it right to put such an emphasis on ‘STEM education’ at the elementary school level?

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May 29, 2017
Kacey Templin

5 Offline Games That Teach Kids Coding Skills

STEM Education / Play, Kids & Coding, Girls & STEM, STEM

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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