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What Uber Teaches You About Your Child’s Future

What Uber Teaches You About Your Child's Future

Last month, I took over 50 Ubers in India.

During these trips, I talked to the cab drivers about their thoughts on Uber.

In these conversations, some interesting insights emerged.

The common theme is this – They can’t believe that Uber, with a simple software product, is getting the lion’s share of profits.

Their contention was that the traditional sources of investment in a business is all made by them.

  • They invest the capital needed to buy the car.
  • They invest the manual labor needed to drive.
  • They cover all the gas and maintenance expenses.

However, Uber walks away with all the profit.  

How could this be?

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What Parents of Graduating Middle School Students Regret?

What Parents of Graduating Middle School Students Regret

When a child finishes middle school and gets ready to go to high school, parents’ perspectives shift. In very predictable ways.

That shift in perspective results in regret about one thing. Something they wish they had done while their child was still in middle school. You don’t want to have the same regret.

Up until middle school, you were focused on your child’s overall growth. As long as they were staying out of trouble, learning, growing and enjoying themselves, you were good.

But when they enter high school, you start thinking about things differently. You view and evaluate everything with their future in mind.

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#1 Thing to Consider Before Enrolling in a Summer Coding Camp

#1 Thing to Consider Before Enrolling in a Summer Coding Camp

Only 1 more week of school left.

Reality, that kids are going to be home all-the-time, is starting to set in.

You might be trying to finalize and commit to summer activities for your children.

If you are on our mailing list, it is likely that you are considering coding camps.

And if you are considering coding camps, then you want to read this before enrolling them in one.

What typically happens is this..

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What to Look for in an Educational Coding Program?

If you have been looking for a good coding program for your child, you might be wondering what to look for.

Here are the most important things to look for if your child is to learn meaningful coding skills over time, while enjoying the whole process.

1. Instructor-Led

Coding is a hard subject to learn by themselves, unless your child is exceptionally motivated and disciplined. All the self-paced video courses help with the initial few steps, but as soon as your child gets stuck, there is no one to help. And that is when most students get frustrated and give up. If the classes are taught by an experience instructor, they can help answer your child’s question, get them unstuck and keep them moving forward.

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8 Charts Every Parent Must See

8 Charts Every Parent Must See

Backed by data from reputed sources, these charts provide a great insight into where opportunities lie for our children. Learning to code provides your children with the skills needed to capitalize on these opportunities.

What to Do Next : Learning to code sets your child up for unprecedented level of college and career success. See if our program is right for your child.

1. Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the US

There are an estimated 500,000 current job openings in the computing field today. These jobs are in every industry and in every state. It they are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs.

2. The STEM Opportunity is in computer science

Despite the significant focus on STEM, what is missed out is that 71% of all new STEM jobs are in computing. However, only 8% of STEM graduates are in computing. This mismatch create significant opportunities for children with computing background.

3. Computer science graduates earn 40% more than other college graduates

It is a lucrative field to be working in. The average lifetime earnings of a computer science graduate is 40% more than other college gradates. The gap between demand and supply continues to increase resulting in increases in wages for people with computing skill.

4. Learning to code appeal peaks in middle school

This is important particularly for girls. During middle school, children are more open to learning new skills, tend to believe computing as cool and the gender stereotypes haven’t set in that hard. 79% of working professionals got their first serious exposure to coding in middle school.

5. Most parents want their child to learn computer science

More and more parents are seeing the broader trend and want their child to learn computer science. Since most schools don’t offer it, parents are enrolling their children in supplemental coding programs for their children to acquire these skills.

6. Computer Science is integrating in every college major

As computing enters every aspect of model life, college education is also starting to reflect that. Some of the recent advances in many fields are being powered by the integration of computing to those fields. Watch this video to see what you child can expect to see when they get into college.

7. Coding helps bring ideas to life

Some of the big companies that we know today are being founded by individuals who knew how to code. When they know how to code, an idea doesn’t die after a conversation. They build a basic version and see how people react to it. When there is a positive response, they build on it. Airbnb, Instacart, Dropbox was all build that way. By giving them the skill of coding, you can give wings to your child’s ideas.

8. Many emerging fields are driven by software

The exciting fields over the next 10-20 year that our children will make their careers in are all driven by software. Knowing how to code gives them an edge to thrive in these jobs of the future.

What to Do Next : Learning to code sets your child up for unprecedented level of college and career success. See if our program is right for your child.

Coding Workshop at Ann Richards School

Coding Workshop at Ann Richards School

A little while ago, I spent 2 full-days at the Ann Richards school for young women leaders introducing real coding to 7th grade students. What an amazing opportunity to contribute back to the community.

Ann Richards School (ARS) is a one-of-a-kind school. It’s a public all-girls school of choice that serves grades 6 – 12 for the Austin Independent School District. 100% of the students are accepted to college. More than 60% of the students are the first generation college bound. Students wouldn’t have these opportunities available to them, if not for ARS.

Below are some pictures from the workshop. Coding Workshop at Ann Richards School

A couple of weeks after the event, I got these plethora of hand-written thank you notes. I was speechless that those kids took the time to make this and mail it to me.

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Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Garima was like any other middle school kid who thought sitting at a computer and typing stuff would be boring.

But now she is a rising star at Yale!

Garima never tried coding until she was in sophomore year of high school. But when she reflects back on her high school years, she feels she should have started learning to code much earlier!

As a mentor at Girls Who Code chapter at Westwood, Garima wants kids to understand that coding is actually fun and rewarding too.

Read about Garima’s journey through learning to code, in her own words.

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Is Your Child Prepared to Work on Driverless Cars?

Preparing our children for future is to prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet.

One area that will open up some very interesting jobs and careers over the next 10-15 years is driverless cars.

And, driverless cars is mostly software.

Last week, I met this interesting team that demonstrated the core construct of driverless cars. Even though they are doing it for educational purposes, it explained the core idea pretty well.

The car is basically taking pictures and sending sensory information to a computer. After computation, the computer sends information back to the car on how it should move.

It is a Python program that does all the computations on the information received and converts it back to usable commands to be sent back to the car.

If you think about it, bulk of the challenges on making this reliably work is all in the software.

If your son or daughter would like to work on driverless cars, it is more likely they would be working on software. Even if they work on hardware parts of the project, it is impossible to be effective without understanding software.

There in lies the need and the promise of getting our children to learn to code.

The Promise of Learning to Code – Spoon University Story

The Promise of Learning to Code - Spoon University Story

Last weekend, CodeWizardsHQ sponsored a Hackathon in Austin. Austin Mayor Steve Adler was at the event to give a keynote and announce the winners.

He shared an interesting personal story. A story that shows the promise learning to code has for our children.

His said that his third daughter had a business idea while in high school. Without knowing how to code, she didn’t have the skills to bring her idea to life.

She enrolled in a course and learnt to code. Step-by-step she brought that idea to life. Her company is called spoonuniversity.com. It now employs 20 people. She is the co-founder and CTO.

He said, “Her company is getting buyout offers putting her in a very good place at the age of 24”.

No one can guarantee our children a specific outcome as a result of learning something.

But we want to avoid this for our children: They had a brilliant idea and it never came to life just because they didn’t know how to code.