February 6, 2013
While we don’t all have to be programming pros, StartX entrepreneur in residence Elizabeth Stark believes learning to code at a young age can teach valuable skills like computational thinking, breaking down and solving complex problems, and building things that are tangible.
During her talk at Tech Cocktail Week, Stark argued that the United States isn’t prioritizing computer science education enough, even though “learning to code at a young age is the key to technological innovation.”
Other countries, such as Estonia (home of Skype), are way ahead of the U.S. on this mindset. Estonia is teaching all first graders how to code. This forward-thinking educational philosophy has its finger on the pulse of a world that is increasingly unfolding online.
Even if you’ve yet to master the ABCs of HTML, Stark believes anyone, at any age, can learn the valuable skill of coding. In the video below, she shares her vision and encourages us all to “live in the future” to come up with the next big ideas.
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