When you first start to learn programming, it feels like it is about the commands: knowing how to use a variable, a repeat block, an if-then statement. But what real programmers know is that once you’ve learned them, the commands don’t matter anymore. Every coder has those same commands available, but each will make something completely different with them. Coding is more about solving a problem and creating something you have imagined than about memorizing vocabulary and syntax. And that is why the best way to become a better coder is to build more projects.
When you build a project, many steps happen before you start using commands to write code. As an example, you might need to:
Then, when you start coding, you need to think about:
As you can see, there is a full and rich process of thinking and planning and analyzing that goes into any coding project.
At Power Up, we want our students to build projects as soon as possible, and then keep building more and more of them. We see learning coding a lot like playing a sport or a musical instrument. Knowing how to throw or catch a ball, or play your first song on the piano, is just the start of your journey. It is through practice, coaching and taking on challenges that you move from these first steps to becoming a real athlete or musician. And as you create a set of working projects, you will find yourself truly becoming a programmer!
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