”It’s inspiring to teach kids coding”

”To inspire the kids to keep coding, was the absolute most fun thing about Kids Coding Camp”, says Johanna Nilsen one of the assisting teachers.

Usually Johanna is a student at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm where she’s studying to become an engineer in media technology. When she learned about the coding camp at a fair at school she immediately knew she wanted to work with it.
”I liked the idea of the camp and also the possibility to work at Schibsted.”

Together with two other students from KTH she spent one week attending to about 30 kids in the age from eight to twelve years old. They did everything from playing games to programming and solving problems.
”The engagement from both parents and kids was amazing. It was incredible to watch the kids grow, learn new stuff and being so curious to know more”, says Johanna.

Different level of knowledge

Some of the children had never done block programming before, others do it every week in school. In total there was six teachers from KTH helping out and encouraging the kids to learn even more.

Johanna herself new early on that she was into technology, finding maths fun and pretty easy. She went to a technology high school in Gothenburg which gave her the chance to apply to KTH.
”I knew I wanted to study something challenging and media technology is both creative and technological. I’m studying things like machine programming, applied computer science and interaction between man and machine”, she explains.
But she also learnt a lot at Kids Coding Camp.
”Above all how you teach people who have never programmed before, how to get started with a project. This, I think, will really be useful for me in my own career.”

So what was the coolest idea that came out of the camp?
”There were so many! But one of the youngest girls really made an impression on me. She was into storytelling and programmed a video with characters she had drawn herself. The way she developed the story and created alternative endings was very impressive”.