Timothy Loves Languages – Including Coding Languages!
Timothy lives and codes in London! He’s in 4th grade and is nine years old. He loves learning languages – he’s currently working on learning Portuguese – and loves to build with Legos. Timothy has created some really cool projects, so we wanted to chat with him about why he loves to code!
What do you want to be when you grow up? Probably a Lego Mindstorms designer.
What’s your favorite subject in school? Internet Computer Technology. Everyone goes on to learn to code, but I get to do some professional coding with blocks.
How did you get introduced to Tynker? I said I wanted to start learning to code and me and dad just started browsing on the app store, then my dad found the Tynker app. That’s how I found out about Tynker.
How did you figure out how to use Tynker, and how to code within Tynker? First I did the bits you get to play around with. I think Tynker worked out most of the bits – I went to the projects bit and coded it, and all those things.
How long have you been using Tynker? About a year.
What is your favorite thing you’ve made? I think it’s probably Circle Wars. It took a few hours. I added extra bits on the next day though, but it’s still my favorite thing.
Do you look at the Tynker community projects? Yeah, I do. My brother keeps looking at them and playing them while our parents are asleep. Most of them are a bit like Indie Games.
What’s your favorite feature in Tynker? I don’t know why, but my favorite project is the one I just can’t solve yet – Crash Course.
Why do you like to code? The idea that in a few days a completely different person might be looking at my project, like somebody in America, it’s pretty exciting.
Do you think other kids should try coding? Yeah, I think so. A lot of kids in my school will start coding in 3rd grade, and even in 3rd grade they only learn about simple blocks – like, “if this is pressed then do this,” like move up or down or left or right on the screen. That starts in 3rd grade in my school. I really think kids should start coding as soon as they can. At my school they also have bee bots, and I’ve been playing with them since reception, before 1st grade, so kids should start programming at the age of four maybe, when they start going to school.
What advice would you give for kids starting out with Tynker? I’d probably give them the advice to start with Codey’s Candy Quest, and then basically just go on and on and on. Basically, just have fun. Start with Candy Quest and then just go to the one they think is most enjoyable, they could go on and on and start making their own programs.
Timothy’s dad Dmitry thinks it’s great Timothy is learning to code, and that it’s become such a great hobby for him. He told us, “We’re really excited to see where Tynker takes this community – this whole setup, the framework, and the development of it as well.”
Thanks for speaking with us, Timothy and Dmitry! We’re so glad you love coding with Tynker, Timothy. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next!