Google has introduced a new #hardware platform, named Project Bloks, to help kids learn how to easily program and code various projects.Google has introduced a new hardware platform, named Project Bloks, to help kids learn how to easily program and code various projects.
As a developer for over 20 years now, I am really excited about Google’s Project Bloks and to see new strides in teaching people the fundamentals of writing code. My first experiences on computers were on my parents Commodore 64, a word possessor that could only do orange text on a black background, and the Apple 2E my aunt and uncle had playing math blaster and other classics of that era. My first foray into the technical word was when I learned how to use commands in DOS, edit the boot file, .bat, and .sys files for Windows 3.1, and how to boot into dos by holding shift so I could play games like Phantom of the Opera, Mist, and 12th hour on my 286 and 386 computers. I actually began #coding in terms of scripts and HTML back in the days of Geocities and Angelfire making web sites about my life, fan sites of bands, and general tooling around with visual basic in the late 90s when I was in middle school. The middle school I went to was the first one in the state of Florida to have a computer in every classroom and I was fortunate enough during my 7th, 8th, and entire high school years to have a full period every day with free roam around the school as a computer technician working on computers and the schools token ring doing general help desk work for my computer teacher. So yes, although I am now in my early 30s, I have actually been coding for over 20 years. As a father of 2, i have always wanted to get my kids excited about not only what it is that I what I do for a living, but one of my life long passions. I found Scratch by MIT and Scratch for Kindergarten about a year ago and passed it on for my son to begin playing with, I recently found out about Apple’s Swift Playgrounds (looks like minecraft a little?), but I am most excited about Google’s new Project Bloks. With kids raving about and addicted to games like Minecraft which have absolutely no end goal and are strictly focused on building, creating, learning, and generating your own world, its great to see this area expand and evolve to give kids (and adults alike) a space to transform there skills from those types of games into marketable skills that will help society as a whole.