Sinead is a junior at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science. She grew up nearby in Fremont and is involved in many interesting projects like DataGood @ Berkeley, a student-run organization that is dedicated to using data science to tackle socioeconomic issues. Sinead is excellent at making learning to code fun and currently works with middle school students learning Python. She has helped several students go from beginner to intermediate projects on our Coding Fundamentals and Computer Science tracks. Let’s get to know her a bit more:
When did you start to code?
I was first introduced to coding in elementary/middle school, but didn’t really dive deeper and discover my passion for coding until my first year of college at Berkeley.
Why is it important for kids to start coding when young?
It’s important for kids to start coding early because it is not only a skill, it is a way of thinking. If kids can develop a programmer’s mindset when they are young, critical and logical thinking skills will become second nature for them. This will strengthen their abilities in computer science, math, and many other fields when they are older!
What advice do you have for kids learning how to code?
My advice for kids learning how to code is to never get discouraged. Coding is difficult, even college students and adults struggle when they are first learning. But you are setting yourself up for success by getting a head start!
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Our students achieve excellent results learning to code due to our inspiring team of mentors. They all hail from top colleges and are passionate about education, just like Sinead. So even though it is likely she doesn’t have the capacity to work with more students at this time, we can pair your son or daughter with someone just as impressive!