Noah Gets Inspiration from Comics!
Get ready to be blown away – ten-year-old Noah’s only been coding for a couple of months, but he’s already had five featured projects! Noah lives and codes in Tianjin, China.
When he’s not kept busy with his homeschool curriculum, he’s coding, reading, drawing, making comics, and stamp collecting! We’ve been really impressed by Noah’s projects, so we caught up with him and his mom Iris to learn more about him and why he loves coding with Tynker.
Do you have an idea of what you want to be when you grow up? I want to be an inventor! I want to be a bunch of different things, but an inventor the most.
What’s your favorite subject in school? I like social studies!
How did you feel when you found out your project had been featured? Well, I didn’t know what featured meant in the beginning, and then when I found out what it meant I felt pretty good.
How did you get introduced to Tynker? I was looking online for a Minecraft modder, and then I found Tynker which helped me make them.
How did you learn how to use Tynker when you were first starting out? I just started looking around and tried some of the courses – that taught me some stuff. Then I went into the demo projects and sort of figured stuff out.
Do you have a favorite course or tutorial that you tried? Yes, I really like the Minecraft one!
How do you get inspiration for your projects? I do comics, so I get my ideas from comic characters and what they do, which is basically just blow up everything.
Why do you like to code? I like making games and playing games, and I like publishing my stuff to the Tynker community!
What is your favorite project you’ve made so far? I think either my Super Speed or my Airship Blaster 2. Those are my favorites because I spent a lot of time on them and they’re really cool. They both have bullets, shooting, and blowing up.
“Airship Blaster 2.” Check out more of Noah’s projects here!
Is there anything you’re planning to make next or currently working on? I’m making something called Nitro Ball where you drop a ball. It bounces around, then you try and get it into a pit to score points. Then you can make it to the next level.
What do you do with a project when you’re done with it? I show it to my parents, and they usually always like it. If I think it’s pretty good I usually publish it, and if not I just keep it to myself.
“Space Dodge 2”
What’s your favorite feature in Tynker I like how you can see other people’s projects!
Do you ever Tynker with your friends or family? My brother Caleb really likes Tynker – if we do it together, he’s just doing it with me.
How do you think learning coding now may help you in the future? I want to be an inventor, and that requires coding.
Do you think other kids should try coding? Yes! It’s fun and it keeps kids busy so their moms can take naps!
What advice would you give for kids starting out with Tynker? They should explore and figure out how stuff works before working on their first project.
When asked how she feels about her children learning to code, Iris said, “I really like it! I like how much they can create with it, and their ability to manipulate and create with it.”
Why is it important to learn to code? Iris gave a great answer, saying, “I think as the world gets more technologically advanced, it’s important to be able to think critically like that. It’s an important skill.” When it comes to non-technical skills gained through coding, Iris thinks kids develop “abstract thinking and creativity” as they learn to code.
For Iris, Tynker is great because of “the social aspect of supporting each other.” It also helps kids with problem-solving – “at the beginning they don’t know how to do stuff, but they figure out how to problem solve by looking at other projects.”
Thanks for speaking with us, Noah and Iris! It was great to hear your perspective on coding and learn more about how you like to use Tynker, Noah. Keep coding!