Hello Everyone! I am Aadi and I am here to talk about my First Code Academy experience. I came to learn coding at First Code Academy in 2014 when I was 9 years old. I have found that my time at First Code Academy has taught me three things that I would like to share with you.
I learned that coding in structured way, like school, was very helpful. At First Code Academy, I started with MIT App inventor, which used coding blocks, and I worked my way to web design, and then I moved on to python. This structure is very helpful because in the beginning, I knew nothing about coding, and because I started with the basics and moved up to more difficult coding languages, I was able to understand a lot of the content that was taught in the class.
At First Code Academy, I also learned the ability to speak clearly in front of a large audience, through my experience in participating in AppJamming Summits, Demo days and attending the MIT AppInventor Summit. I knew that in order for me to participate in these three events, I needed to practice my presentation and speech skills. Because I was motivated to participate in these events, every weekend I would practice presenting my project to my parents, so that I could get feedback and improve to become better.
Lastly, First Code Academy offers many international experiences, which I benefited from. At my time in First Code Academy, I attended the Silicon Valley trip and the MIT AppInventor Summit. Because I traveled outside of hong kong, I got to meet a lot of cool entrepreneurs and professors who have inspired me and helped me learn more about the coding industry. For example, at the Silicon Valley trip, my friends and I got to visit and hear about some people’s backstory at working with a startup which later got bought by Microsoft.
In conclusion, my time at first code academy has taught me how to code in a structured way, helped me gain the ability to speak and present in front of a large audience, and I have been able to learn more about the coding industry through international experiences. I hope you enjoyed my story and can take away something from this post!