Geek the Library: Coding

Hey guys, David here, and I geek coding.

Today I explored a site called Code.org.  Code.org uses a program called Blockly (along with some Angry Birds and zombies), to teach people the basic logic behind coding. You drag blocks representing a small line of code onto the workspace, which can help you navigate a maze with your bird or zombie. To get to the “Hour of Code” (It only took me about 25 minutes), go to Code.org’s interactive workspace. There you will be taught basic coding skills by Adam Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and other coding legends.

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You start by learning to use Blockly, and you must move your bird a few spaces (and maybe turn) to reach an evil pig.

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The lessons get progressively harder as you use more complicated code.
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Another cool thing about this program is that it actually shows you what code you are using. After each “lesson” you complete you can click the “show code” button to let you see the exact code you used.

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After I finished the twenty lessons and earned my “Coding Diploma,” there were a myriad different activities I could partake in, using the same “Blockly” method to create a program.

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For example, I created a Flappy Bird game using the website and copied a link and sent it to my phone. If you want to play it, visit this link: http://studio.code.org/sh/35461108 and feel free to make your own!

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-David

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