Google wants Australians to code -- inspire wonder Down Under
The future is paved with technology. Regardless of profession, new advances in computers are impacting us all. However, a big part of some technology-based educations, are computer-science and coding. The problem is, the sciences are hard and many modern students like things to be easy. This is particularly true in the USA, where much has been made of a lack of science majors.
However, the problem does not just affect the USA -- many other countries need students to be interested in things like computer-coding too. One such country is Australia. Google is looking to motivate young people to take an interest in computer coding.
"We want to see Australia's young people make the most of these opportunities, and combine their area of passion with coding skills to step into exciting future jobs in everything from medicine to manufacturing to movies. That's why we're launching a new campaign and website, Start with Code, to inspire our inventors of the future to arm themselves with coding skills today. It's full of resources for parents, teachers, and students, to help people take their first coding steps. And we'll add to it over time as we partner with more organisations in Australia who share our belief in Australia's bright tech future", says Alan Noble, Engineering Director for Google Australia.
Noble further says, "wouldn't it be amazing if the next Tesla Motors, iRobots, Twitters and Googles were founded in Australia? We believe that, with the right attitude to skills and innovation, we can create an Australia of new, high-value jobs, and in doing so, create a bright future for our talented young people. The first step? Start with code".
I sure do hope that the Start With Code initiative is successful. After all, there are far worse things young people can do besides coding. Idle hands are the devil's playground -- hands on a keyboard and eyes on a monitor will keep young people out of trouble. Learning to code will empower these Australians with a new skill. Bravo, Google!