Featured Coding Cup Winners: Jackson and Jacob
Meet our newest Featured Makers, Jackson and Jacob from California! These best friends love to code and play piano. Their favorite subject is Math. They coded a team for the Coding Cup, and got their team on the leaderboard.
Why did you guys like Coding Cup?
Jacob: Because it’s fun, and then you get to code.
How long did it take your team to get on the leaderboard?
Jacob: Not that long. Actually, all we had to do was get good, and we noticed that we were doing so well, so we checked the code and we saw it was just the basic code that we got in the training. So we were going to make it better…
Jackson: And we fixed it.
What was your favorite code block that you used?
Jacob: If -Then- Else
Jackson: I like that one too.
Why should other kids play Coding Cup?
Jacob: Because it’s fun and–
Jackson: You can learn.
How did you guys get introduced to Tynker?
Jacob: Our teacher at Makerspace. At Makerspace, we do like making projects and we also do like coding, and so she introduced us to Coding Cup.
How did you learn to use Tynker when you were first starting?
Jacob: We used the basic training, and our teacher taught us a little.
Jackson: How to use the blocks.
How do you think learning to code has prepared you for the future?
Jacob: Because if we choose our career to be coding, that could help us.
Do you think other kids should try coding? Why?
Jacob: It’s fun, and you learn.
What advice would you guys give to kids starting out with Tynker or Coding Cup?
Jacob: To check out some of the training sessions to get some good skills.
Jackson: To understand how to use the blocks.
We asked Jackson’s mom how she feels about him learning to code.
It’s exciting. I love that they not only learned a new skill but collaborated on this project with the outcome of winning an award. Great teamwork boys!
What benefits do you think coding has for Jackson? What kind of skills do you think it helps him learn other than coding?
I think it enhances his creativity as well as his logistic thinking. It also teaches problem-solving. If there is an error in the code it needs to be resolved. Problem-solving is a crucial skill in the workforce and is a core value at our firm, Presidio Capital Management. If you can’t effectively problem solve, we won’t hire you. Lastly, it’s taught him discipline. He spent the majority of his winter break from school to work on this project to meet the deadline in order to qualify.
Do you feel like your child is better prepared for the future?
100%. Learning new skills is so important throughout life and attributes to success in the future.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us about coding with Tynker. We can’t wait to see what Anderson creates next – HAPPY CODING!