MASTERMIND: Programmer Esther Miller hosts children’s coding classes. Photo: Garry Miller.
MASTERMIND: Programmer Esther Miller hosts children’s coding classes. Photo: Garry Miller.

Computer coding puts learning in hyperdrive

CANNONVALE resident Esther Miller is a lady with a vision for the future.

The programmer, who has an extensive repertoire working in England and Spain, has launched AB Kids Coding, computer programming lessons for local children.

It all began when Ms Miller uncovered a free coding website for children at http://www.scratch.mit.edu.

Scratch is a creative learning community containing almost 10 million projects shared with others around the world. Children are invited to create stories, games and creations.

"That's all well and good but I want to teach children how to understand coding so they can use the website properly," Ms Miller said.

"I will sit down with them and teach them the basics of coding so they can create games, animations, presentations and projects of high quality.

"As you can see, it is something I so strongly believe in," she said.

Ms Miller's guinea pig has been her seven-year-old son James, who has already created a maze game.

"The future is in technology," Ms Miller said.

"We see our kids play games and watch videos. I want them to know how to make it themselves. It will change the way they think forever."

She's on a mission to uncover the next generation of innovators. "Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were both men who spoke another language that wasn't heard of at that time, and they changed the world," she said.

WHAT: AB Kids Coding

WHERE: Whitsunday PCYC

WHEN: Monday-Friday (after school)

CONTACT: esther@videosdownunder.com.au


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