Inspiring little learners to be big thinkers
So how are we going to expose Olivia to coding? She already knows how to unlock the iPad and has her learning games. It is my goal that she understands how those apps and games are made and the fun behind building her own.
There are many resources available especially on the internet. We are starting simple with code.org games and the code-a-pillar toy.
I believe these first steps will build the foundation for problem solving and critical thinking skills.
I’m fortunate to lead our company’s philanthropic investments, particularly our STEM advocacy and volunteer efforts.
We strongly encourage our employee volunteers to foster curiosity in our young people. For me that starts at home, it means putting down my phone and being present for those precious few hours I have with my children every night.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes the endless “why” questions test my patience; however, I remind myself that this is how Olivia is learning.
We need to encourage that curiosity for how and why things work the way they do.
It’s also really important to have FUN! This is especially true for girls. Even at such young age, Olivia is a sponge and repeats everything she sees and hears.
I want her to see no limits to who she can be. Olivia deserves that; all our young girls deserve that!
I get involved for many reasons – including my daughter. If you haven’t, I invite you to try the Hour of Code yourself, with a young person in your life and/or in a local classroom.
I’m confident not only will you inspire a young mind but you will help engineer our future.