Unless you’ve really been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ll probably have noticed that there’s been a lot of focus on encouraging the wider population, and children in particular, to think about programming and computer science1 as a bigger, more central part of their lives. A whole host of initiatives have sprung up, like Mozilla Webmaker, Code Club, and CAS #include to further this cause.
After some back and forth with a friend, I’ve been given the opportunity to go in to a school to talk to a group of 15-year-olds about what it is I do every day, and why they might want to consider a future in IT too. So I’m going to open up the floor here, and invite you to make some suggestions. If you could pass on just one thing, what would you say if you had the chance?
- I’m increasingly disliking this term – our industry is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes!