Codelicious, which seeks to help children think about and speak the language of technology, placed second and won $3,000, a technical review session from DelMar Software Development and an annual subscription to LOOK.
Problem solving and analytic skills learned through STEM activities is a great foundation for critical thinking skills needed in the 21st century workforce. Gaining confidence at a young age to persevere through challenges and problem solve by iterative progress will not only create a platform of curiosity and exploration in young children, but will prepare them well for the future.
When my daughter was in 8th grade, she expressed interest in learning how to build websites. At the time, her school didn’t offer any web design classes. As I looked at my daughter, I reminded myself that she is a hands-on learner. She learns best by experiencing and performing. So, watching YouTube tutorials and videos wouldn’t be an optimal route for her. She valued interaction and collaboration to learn coding and web design.
I enrolled in exactly one coding class. The year was 1999 and I was a senior at Purdue University. I attended exactly one lecture. And after thumbing through the textbook, I dropped the class the very next day. I kept the book and taught myself how to write simple HTML, creating my very first portfolio website.
Carmel-based Codelicious has named Christine McDonnell chief executive officer. She previously operated her own consulting company McDonnell & Associates. McDonnell has served as vice president of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and held leadership positions at McKinsey & Associates and DuPont. In her new role she will be responsible for all aspects of the business including product development, marketing, operations and finance.