Silicon Valley understands the value of computer science, and more related education initiatives seem to be emerging from Northern California, perhaps because of an increased emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in the United States. Previously, GETIdeas.org has pointed to resources such as Stanford’s Makers in Residence program, SparkFun’s National Tour, Code.org and Code Summer+. Now comes an initiative geared towards the elementary school set, Tynker, a learning platform and visual programming language. Founder Krishna Vedati says that Tynker allows kids to create fun stuff, such as games, AND learning programming at the same time. They are learning logic of coding, the basis for true computer literacy. Down the road, this kind of activity will help develop future engineers and Vedati and his team members hope Tynker will bring fun and programming to all kids, particularly those who traditionally have not had access to computer science curriculum. For more information, check out this VentureBeat article.
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