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Elizabeth Stark of StartX Shares Her Insight on the Future of Learning

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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.

Tech Cocktail Week is a monthly series of events that takes place downtown Las Vegas and is produced in partnership with Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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