From Caltech students
"The enthusiasm the kids displayed was quite astonishing. It almost felt like we were what they looked forward to each and every week. "
"I found myself learning things I didn't know as I helped create lesson plans!"
"Sometimes, when a kid finished the assigned work, they would play around a bit with the code and end up creating some new feature in the games without any help with us (for example, when making a game where falling objects could hurt you, one kid made the falling objects spin, making them harder to avoid. We never showed the kids how to make objects rotate). I found this brimming curiosity really cool to see. It reminded me of the environment at Tech, except these were 10-year-olds, so it was even more impressive. Such interest in coding at such a young age is really setting these kids up for successful futures, so seeing this was like a validation of our work."
"I enjoyed being role models for the kids. I think being students just like they are allows them to better relate to us than to their teachers, for example. I believe this peer-to-peer relationship allows them to be comfortable in asking for help."
"It's always rewarding to have them grasp the material in the lesson plans you've developed."
"I definitely enjoyed seeing the joy the kids got from writing their own program. Seeing them all realize that they created their own working game is a good feeling. Overall, I think I really enjoyed just helping the kids and seeing some of them develop a passion for coding. I never had he experience to code until I was a junior-senior in high school, so getting to see these kids try it out much earlier is a good feeling. Some of the kids seem to really enjoy it and seem to want to become software engineers, and knowing that I helped them find that passion is a really enjoyable experience. "
"I enjoyed seeing the kids get excited about computer science and wanting to continue learning more in the future."
I thought coding was just fun, but when I learned more, I learned that coding is more than fun. It was something even better.
I am most proud of learning how to do variables because at first they were very complicated to me but now I understand them very well.
I was proud of learning loops and, then and forevers, and ifs and then.
At first I thought it was going to be really boring. Then you guys turned it to a whole different world, in words I can't even say.
I would like to continue because I can build my own game because I see games that people created and I want to do that.
I want to learn more!!!
It made me think how cool it is to make your own games and you control them.
I want to be like you guys and teach kids how to code just like you did for us.
I am proud of learning how to make things move in Scratch.
I used to think that coding was really simple and you just had to tell the computer to do something very simply but you have to be very specific.
Just really FUN!
Coding is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I love the coding people so much, and they are really relatable. They would make jokes of the the game and it would be really funny.
I would like to continue learning about coding because we live in a world where technology plays a big part in our lives.
What I liked was having fun and laughing with the coding people.