Computer Science Education Week is well underway and one of our (many) favorite things so far has been hearing from people in the tech community about how they got started in computer science. What inspired them? Where did they get their passion, their love? It’s abundantly clear from reading these stories that the passion and the excitement came from simply having access to, and exposure to, computer science at a young age.
Julia Austin talks about how she got turned onto technology back in the 1970s when her Dad would take her into work with him on the weekends and give her projects to do on the “fancy” Radio Shack TRS 80’s in her blog post, “Computer Science – Because It’s Just Plain Fun.” Once you get past the fact that a TRS 80 was, at one point, considered “fancy,” her post is a great look at how she viewed debugging like a puzzle for her to figure out and how that curiosity pushed her throughout her entire career to where she is today.
In “Rise of the Nerd,” Matt Brand also shared his story of transferring from studying architecture to studying computer science. Interesting, he acknowledges that what drew him to architecture is likely what drew him to software – building things from the ground up and seeing things come together. Once he was exposed to it, he was hooked. And from Matt’s post, it looks like his young daughters may be on a similar path as they plowed through Angry Birds and Frozen-themed coding challenges.
Think about that. From folks who were provided with the simple opportunity to play with coding technology once, we have some of our bright entrepreneurs. That could not speak louder to the importance of CSEd Week and bringing computer science to all children, regardless of location or background. That’s why we are so passionate about this cause. We are looking forward to hearing, and sharing, more stories about how people became interested in computer science and would love to hear from you as well!