Coding

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code? Learning how to program a computer "teaches you how to think" according to Steve Jobs. Computers are all around us, from the phones we use to the cars we drive. All are equipped with some type of computer that reads a certain kind of language. Check out the following article from Burning Glass about the importance of coding in the future and the jobs that will be in demand:
Beyond Point and Click: The Expanding Demand for Coding Skills

So are you ready to learn code? Here are some great places to start!

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.


Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D. Unlike many of the puzzle-based coding applications Alice motivates learning through creativite exploration. Alice is designed to teach logical and computational thinking skills, fundamental principles of programming and to be a first exposure to object-oriented programming. The Alice Project provides supplemental tools and materials for teaching using Alice across a spectrum of ages and subject matter with proven benefits in engaging and retaining diverse and underserved groups in computer science education.

Alice is based on the programming language, Java.  There's a ton of free tutorials out there, and students generally love this software.


Learn to code interactively, for free. This website provides entire courses (free) that are designed to learn a specific language or framework.

There are free as well as paid tutorials/videos/courses here on this site.  The website says there are over 600 courses on software development alone!

Wayne Community College has a terrific computer programming program. They also have a  simulation and game development program. If you are interested, please check the WCC website.
WCC Computer Programming







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