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  • What do you want to be when you grow up Olivia? Umm, an astronaut! Do you happen to know what

  • a computer programmer is? Yeahh, umm, no. Umm, what what? I'm not really sure how to

  • explain it. Computer programming is pretty simple. It's a set of instructions, like a

  • recipe. You have to follow them step by step to get the end result you want. Computer science

  • is a way to impact the world. It can be music videos, it can be games, detect whether or

  • not someone is related to someone else. Find you know, people's friends. You can do all

  • sorts of other crazy things that actually save lives. You do have to have a drive I

  • think. It is to me like a paintbrush. I think great programming is not all that dissimilar

  • from great art. When I finally learned a little bit of programming, that blank wall resolved

  • into a bunch of doors and you open them and of course then you find behind them is another

  • hallway filled with a bunch of doors. Programming is fun and easy. You can do anything your

  • mind wants to do. Finally you start to open enough doors the light comes in. To me a finished

  • program is like a structure filled with light. All the corners are illuminated. The number

  • of people that you can touch and interact with is something the world has never seen

  • before. Our first lesson in this series is all about what computer science is, what a

  • computer scientist does and how you can be more responsible in your use of technology.

  • It's a very important lesson but it is a little text-heavy. At the end, you get to make your

  • very own customized encoding using your initials. It's a fun activity and it's very empowering

  • because binary is one of those things that feels very technical but once you understand

  • it, it's like you speak a secret language.

What do you want to be when you grow up Olivia? Umm, an astronaut! Do you happen to know what

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