Introducing: Nailah a 7 year old member of the BlackGirlsCode who attended the KidsRuby programming class at Pivotal Labs in San Francisco as part of annual Golden Gate Ruby Conference on September 16-17, 2011 at UCSF Mission Bay. Below is her blog!
Hi my name is Nailah and I am 7 years old. I was excited to attend my first KidsRuby class. I really didn't know what to expect but I wanted to learn how to write my very own game.
The volunteers really made it easy to get started. I plugged a USB into my computer, clicked on it, and then the program was installed. The teacher helped us create a cool application with different colors that we were able to explore on our own. He also showed us how to write a program to help with our homework.
This was my very first time learning how to program and I had a really fun experience. The one thing I liked the least about my KidsRuby class was all that typing! (Editor Side Note: smile) What I liked the most was that I could learn to hack my homework! I don’t want to do more of that. So I have been trying to hack my homework on my own!
(A 7 year old budding Ninja Coder)
Last Sunday I attended a KidsRuby class in San Francisco which was part of the Golden Gate Ruby Conference. A few other girls from our BlackGirlsCode group all came to the class with our parents and laptops ready to learn coding with Ruby. We first downloaded the rubykidsinstaller from a small thumb drive and after that started to work. When we were working if we got an answer right our teacher would throw us a piece of candy. And he ominously warned us; “he was no baseball player!” We learned to do a bunch of cool stuff like, making it hack our homework, and learning how to create an etch-a-sketch like application.
Overall the KidsRuby class was really fun, interesting, and informative. One of the Ruby volunteers who was helping us in the class gave me a lot of great tips which helped me think about what was said in the class more and figure out how to do more things with the stuff we were learning. Coincidently he had a daughter with the same name! He helped me have fun in the class! Our KidsRuby instructor also made learning to program fun and I really enjoyed being able to win candy AND learn to code. I got so much candy that after a while the teacher asked somebody else to answer a question! I saved all the candy till the end and gobbled it all down.
I really liked the KidsRuby class because; it wasn't too hard to understand. I also liked the class because it was really fun, and it was really helpful to learn about how to operate ruby a little bit, so I could start on my way to mastering Ruby.
(A 12 year old budding Ninja Coder)