Coding the Future – Where to Start

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Hi, I’m James, I’m 11 years old and I’m STEMSmart’s. previously Fire Tech Australia, junior blogger.

I’m going to be blogging on various topics. So without further ado, here’s my first topic: Coding – and how important it is… Seriously, think about it. This blog is thanks to coding; your device is thanks to coding and the future shall be thanks to coding (move over science).

Try imagining a world without coding. Light bulbs would be the only device you could get. No Google, no documents, no computers, no speakers and no phone calls (or phones!). I hate picturing this world. So here’s how to learn to code to prevent this horrible future and unlock infinite possibilities.


Scratch is a free online block-coding program for all ages. The system is pretty self-explanatory, you grab a block from one of the drag and drop menus then add more. If you’re stuck, I recommend one of the videos by scratch to get to grips with the program.

Khan Academy:

Khan Academy requires an account for you and a parent/guardian, but is useful not only for coding, but so many other things like Maths and English. You can even get your teacher on board. With great explanation videos on YouTube it’s easy to learn anything.


CodeCademy is a well known website for learning to code. You can get certified if you complete the main course. You can also use your skills to get a JOB. Talk about a result! It’s also just a fun and playful platform, which I personally love. And so easy to understand and learn!


How could I not mention the incredible courses at STEMSmart? With an awesome 8:1 student/tutor ratio you get all the support you need. Having gone to a number of courses I personally know how friendly the atmosphere is. You can learn how to code in Minecraft, in ROBLOX and in C#. Mobile apps to video games to drones to Unity, learn it ALL!

After doing all of these things you have the ability to make ANYTHING. Literally. We have computers that are very powerful nowadays, so there are a lot of possibilities. As we develop, more possibilities will be unlocked and who knows? Maybe YOU will be the one to make that advancement, with the power of code.

Article Written by James (Age 11)

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