It all begins at CoderDojoPosted 2014-11-22
So, how is it like to work as a programmer?
The burning question came from one of the youngest members in the audience. As I gathered my thoughts, I noticed how the rest of the group was looking at me with the eagerness and impatience typical of someone whose thirst for knowledge is inversely proportional to their age. I felt the energy in the air. And so I began to give my answer.
It was the fall of 2013 and I was giving a presentation at a CoderDojo meeting in Lund. CoderDojo is a worldwide community of young programmers and their parents. The group welcomes anyone between the age of 7 and 17 who wants to learn to express their creativity through computers.
To be honest, I had never heard of CoderDojo until one day I was asked to give a short presentation on how life is like as a professional programmer during one of their weekly gatherings in Lund. How many times do you get the opportunity to inspire the next generation of programming talents? I was thrilled.
At the end of the presentation, I asked if anyone had any questions. One of them sitting in the front row, maybe around 10 years old, quickly raised her hand:
I noticed that in Chrome you can open up a window that shows you the HTML code for the page among other things. Do you use it in your daily job and how?
10 years old. Needless to say I was blown away. The curiosity and fresh perspective of these young people was energizing to say the least. So there I was, all focused on giving them the best pep talk I could and they were inspiring me back tenfold with their skill and perspicacity. At that age, there are a million things they could spend their time and energy on and they chose to learn programming. Now, that’s true passion.
n that moment I realized what an honor it is to have a chance to be there and help them learn. Sometimes it means answering a very specific question. Other times it’s simply enough to give them a gentle nudge towards the right direction and watch them go off to figure out the rest on their own.
It was a pleasure to see these young minds at work once again and we already can’t wait to see them next time.
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