Mairi Finds Coding Inspiration EVERYWHERE!
Mairi is an 11-year-old from Summerside, PEI, Canada whose fun “Crossy Kid” game caught our eye. We asked her some questions to learn about her hobbies, how she learned to code, and what she loves about coding.
What are your hobbies? Drawing, riding horses and reading.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A vet, a zoologist or the Prime Minister.
How did you get introduced to Tynker? My mom.
What is your favorite thing you’ve made? Probably “Crossy Kid.”
What is your favorite project that someone else has built? I do like the Tynker community project “Tubby Cats Funny Virtual.”
What’s your favorite feature in Tynker? I like the characters you can customise, but stay mainly the same.
What are you planning to make next? I am making a game where you decide your life story.
What do you do with a project when you’re done with it? I see whether or not I like it, and if I do it gets published.
Why do you like to code? I like being able to make things, and Tynker is a good way to do it.
What advice would you give for kids starting out with Tynker? Try some beginner templates first after the puzzles, and look for inspiration EVERYWHERE!
What’s a fun fact about you? I have a bunny named Spike and a dog named Blossom.
Mairi’s mother Robin says she’s really excited about her daughter learning to code because it’s “a great use of what seems to be ‘required’ computer time – kids want to be on technology, so they may as well be learning something!” Robin thinks coding “helps [kids] to better understand computers in general. It also requires creativity, problem solving, and sometimes spatial awareness.”
Thanks so much for your awesome coding project, Mairi, and for answering our questions about how you’ve learned to code and what inspires you. We can’t wait to see what you’ll make next!