I have been saying for a few years now that we should be teaching code as a language option in schools alongside French, Spanish, Latin and others. Next to math, I cannot think of a more universal language than code.
Last fall when I was teaching Introduction to Digital Media Production at Emerson College, my student’s first assignment was to build a website using only TextEdit. They hated it at first, but by the end of the semester they were able to look at a piece of code they didn’t know and immediately pick apart the syntax into familiar pieces. I am glad to see that Cassie Creighton started early.
Nicholas sez, “5-year-old Cassie Creighton is the genius behind ‘Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure’, a Flash game that was the result of a weekend long game jam that she and her father Ryan Creighton, founder of Untold Entertainment, attended. Cassie drew all of the graphics herself, as well as creating voice-overs and background music with her 2-year-old sister. Her father Ryan took the work she had done, and turned it into a game that according to The Toronto Star has garnered over 150,000 plays in the past week.
The game is free to play, but users who enjoy the game can make donations to Cassie’s education fund using a link below the game.
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