Meghan, Queen's Square | March 1, 2020
You - yes, you - are a computer genius. You just may not know it yet. Luckily, with the right tools and training, anyone can amp up their tech know-how and become more confident navigating our increasingly digital world.
Learning programming skills empowers you to solve everyday problems in more effective ways and to learn to think like an engineer. It can also open up amazing opportunities for personal and career growth.
Ready to bring out your inner computer genius? Here are some ways to say “Hello World” to the joys of coding, robotics and other technological skill sets.
1) Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
Try out a Robotics Kit for beginners. Through a guided online module, you will learn how to program a series of colourful lights and switches, using your own computer or laptop, an Arduino 19 device and the C++ programming language.
Solve a series of fun challenges to program your device to operate like a contemporary traffic light system. Along the way, you will learn about basic coding concepts like loops and if/then statements, as well as some of the techniques that computer engineers use to map out problems and find the most efficient solutions.
2) Get out Your Magic Wand!
Borrow a Harry Potter Coding Wand and make your coding experience a little more magical. The wand can be used with the Kano coding app to perform technological “spells” on your favourite Blue-tooth enabled device. Whether you’re young or just young at heart, feel like a wizard while you take your first steps to becoming a tech wiz.
3) Online Courses, of Course!
Gale Courses offers a range of courses on coding languages, including Java, Python, PHP, SQL, HTML and CSS3. It’s great for anyone who wants to learn general concepts and get an introduction to a new way of thinking.
Lynda.com is also fantastic for picking up programming languages and skills, including very specific skill sets that are often included in tech job postings and interviews.
4) Make it Hands-on
Finally, why not get some hands-on experience at the Old Post Office Creative Studios and Makerspace? From 3-D design and printing to virtual reality and music-making, there is so much to explore. This collaborative space will bring out your hidden talents in design, creativity and engineering.