Paarus Enjoys Coding Challenges!
We would love to introduce Paarus as our Featured Maker! He is nine years old and absolutely loves to play cricket. He would like to be a game developer when he grows up, and right now he enjoys playing Rocket League!
When in school, Paarus enjoys math; although it may be challenging, the questions are really fun for him to figure out. Paarus, along with his mom and sister, sat down with us to discuss his love for coding!
How did you get introduced to Tynker and how long have you been coding? My school codes with Tynker and I’ve been coding for a few months with it.
How did you learn how to use Tynker when you were first starting out? My sister taught me how to code, so I already knew how to use Tynker.
How did you feel when you found out your project had been featured? It felt good! I told my sister and I told my computing teacher.
What is your favorite project you’ve made so far? One of them is ‘Get the Dynamite,’ the one that’s featured. And the other one I just made a few days ago, it’s called ‘Present Rush.’
‘Get the Dynamite’
How long did it take you to make your favorite project? ‘Get the Dynamite’ took me about 4 days and ‘Present Rush’ took me about a few hours.
How do you get inspiration for your projects? ‘Get the Dynamite’ was basically part of a checklist at school that needs to be in the game and I thought of monsters trying to attack a person saving bombs. And the monsters were trying to explode!
Why do you like to code? It’s fun and I like difficult things. In the Tynker courses, the dragon one is really hard and becomes fun when you try to solve it.
What is your favorite way to use code? I have a favorite type of code, like HTML code. But my favorite block on Tynker is ‘share dialogue with.’
What do you do with a project when you’re done with it? I find out what the problem is and then I just publish it!
What’s the best thing about Tynker? I like how you can publish things and other people can see and play your games!
How do you think learning to code has prepared you for the future? It helps me do basic code and get ready for the harder codes!
Do you think other kids should try coding? Yes, because you can do lots of things with code! You can even teach yourself something; you can get an idea from a community, like a game – it can teach you something that you’ve never learned before!
Paarus’s mom and sister, Gopi and Henna, were kind enough to join us. Gopi, Paarus’s mom, told us about how her children are teaching her how to code: “When Paarus does it and shows me, I’m really proud of him. He will teach me how to do it. I am really proud of both of my kids and they are teaching me.”
Henna supports her brother Paarus as well: “I’m doing an Economics degree, and you would think that Economics would have nothing to do with tech or coding, but then you see the industry being disrupted by more and more tech and you realize that industries are requiring more and more technical skills. I think it’s important for younger kids to grow and develop with that understanding already in them, so that even if they were to study a ‘normal degree,’ they have that tech background so they will be able to enter a lot of different areas. And it really develops your problem-solving skills, which again, is used for everything.”
Henna added, “I think coding, in general, helps with confidence. With coding, you’re open to a vast amount of problems that you’re supposed to solve.” Henna also added that Paarus will be better prepared for the future: “Especially if he wants to go in the tech industry, it’s really important to understand the fundamentals. You’ve heard it before where someone has forgotten the basic comma and messes up everything. But when you’re setup with all the fundamentals, you’re less likely to forget.”
We want to thank Paarus, Henna, and Gopi for taking the time to talk with us! We can’t wait to see what new projects Paarus will make!