Reading, Writing, Arithmetic ... and Computer Programming?

Julie Montanaro
May 29, 2014

Reading, writing, arithmetic ... and computer programming?

It looks like these students at Springwood Elementary School are playing Angry Birds, but they are really learning to write lines of computer code.

It's part of a local initiative to get school children in Tallahassee to write one million lines of code. Volunteers hope the free program will peak kids' interest and create the next generation of programmers.

"It starts young, not just at the collegiate level, or not just at post-school, but children that are still in school, let it become a native language to them," said Massive Corporation Founder and CEO
Vincent Hunt.

"Its a great way to learn how to code if you want to make a game," said fourth grader Kaleb Johnson. "So I think I'm just going to keep playing this and hopefully I'll get better at coding and I might be able to make my own game."

Massive Corporation has presented the coding experience in Griffin Middle School and Leon High School too.

Its CEO says nationwide there will be one million jobs that can't be filled by 2020 and he wants to help create a pool of young people in Tallahassee ready to step up to fill them.

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