For Chloe, Coding is a Stress Reliever!
Chloe is in 5th grade and is 10 years old! She lives in San Jose, California, and in her free time she likes to read, take swimming lessons, and attend dance classes. In her words, “I mostly do Tynker on the weekends!” We’ve been really impressed by her projects lately, so we chatted with her to learn a bit about her, and why she likes to code!
What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know exactly, but I think I want to be an engineer, writing code.
What’s your favorite subject in school? Math, because I like to solve problems.
How did you get introduced to Tynker? In school we got introduced to Tynker on the iPad and I became very interested in the app. My dad downloaded the app on my iPad, so now I use it daily.
How long have you been using Tynker? Not including school, about 4-5 months.
How did you learn how to use Tynker? Well, I didn’t know what to do so sometimes I asked my dad for help because he’s really good at coding. Sometimes I’d just go to other projects in the featured section, seeking help, to see if they had the answers.
What is your favorite thing you’ve made? I would think “Making Jello,” although it’s a close call between it and “Dress Up.”
Do your friends Tynker? My friends also use Tynker, but we don’t share a lot because it’s in math class. I have a friend who I eat lunch with sometimes, and our parents talk a lot about Tynker.
Do you look at the Tynker community projects? Yeah! I like that they can help me with my ideas, or if I need help coding. They’re also really creative and help me relax and think of ideas.
What’s your favorite feature in Tynker? I like how instead of where you write the code, there’s blocks so it’s easier than writing it.
What do you do with a project when you’re done with it? Well, I always review it just to see if there are any bugs, and then I publish it. Sometimes I tell my dad, then after that I usually look at other projects to help my mind relax and think happy thoughts.
How do you think learning coding now will help you in the future? When I grow up, there’s a pretty high chance I’m going to be an engineer, so understanding coding better now will help me get a good job and have a good life.
Why do you like to code? Well, sometimes it helps me relax. Most of the topics in school make my brain fuzzy a lot, but there’s something different about Tynker! Instead of making my brain fuzzy and tired, it makes my brain more clear. I don’t know why, but it’s really fun. I think it’s because it’s really fun so it helps me relax instead of making my brain really harsh and having a lot of pressure.
Do you think other kids should try coding? Yes, definitely! When I started Tynker, it got me really interested and that’s why I got my dad to download it.
What advice would you give for kids starting out with Tynker? I would suggest that they look at the other projects so if they have problems they can look at other projects, like I did. They should also check before they publish it – one time I didn’t check my project before I published it, and I had to change it, then wait a few days before it got out of review.
Chloe’s dad Walter is “very impressed that she can handle coding at this age, and Tynker is a very good platform. The way she understands coding – it’s really cool.” In Walter’s opinion, coding with Tynker has strengthened Chloe’s creativity and problem solving. “If she has something she wants to do, she just thinks of how to do it – which is great. You yourself say, ‘Woah! Teach me that!’” He thinks Tynker is a great way to begin learning coding, and said that “it’s amazing how many kids like coding at this age.”
So true – it’s always exciting to see how young programmers take to Tynker and learn so quickly! Thanks for speaking with us, Walter and Chloe. We can’t wait to see what you imagine and code next!