Made With Code

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by Kate Barnett
June 20, 2014
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In fifth grade I took a class called History of Computers with Ms. Redline. For my final project I built my very own website, featuring an MS Paint drawing of my dog and fun facts about basketball. At the time I didn’t realize how unusual it was for a nine year old to learn basic HTML (well done, you progressive academic power-house of an all-girls elementary school), but that early experience made the digital world feel both fun and accessible.

As a result, when Google told us about their new initiative, Made With Code — created to expose girls to the world of computer science through a creative lens, while highlighting how nearly everything is, in fact, made with code — I nostalgically envisioned a computer lab of gleeful little girls building pet-and-hobby-centric websites.

Google, however, had something a little more dynamic in mind. In addition to a host of videos from mentors and makers, the site also features starter projects, like coding a bracelet, as a fun first toe-dip. Naturally, Team Man Repeller was eager to try out the project, and thanks to Blockly (Google’s drag and drop visual programming tool, no typing required), even Amelia was able to make one. In true cyber-meets-physical-world fashion, once the code exists, that bracelet is brought to life via 3D printing. And if that doesn’t seem magic enough, Google’s sending the first 250k budding programmers their bracelets for free.

For a look at Team Man Repeller’s first group programming effort, check out the slideshow, and while you’re at it, check out Made With Code, too. Not only is it a worthy and important initiative, it’s also where I made this:

MWC-GIFPhotos by Krista Anna Lewis

 

REPLIES
  • http://yalayalaa.etsy.com Veronica Rod / Yalayalaa

    Knowing how to code is becoming as ubiquitous as knowing how to breath and the fact that google has brought awareness is just amaze-balls!

  • Amelia Diamond

    Kate I can’t stop watching your gif

    • Kate Barnett

      you and me, both.

  • lavieenliz

    I need to learn how to code

    http://hashtagliz.com

    • http://thehannahblog.tumblr.com/ hannah

      This is what I used to learn how to code: https://www.codeschool.com/, I recommend it. Here’s an example of what I’ve built using what I learned (try resizing the window, or viewing it on various devices, it’s responsive to the browser window size and orientation) http://hellomynameishannah.com/

      • http://www.cocoandcocoa.com/ Lola Byatt

        wow, impressive. i am hopeless when it comes to html, definitely gonna check out recommended site

  • Quinn Halman

    “even Amelia was able to make one” hahahha
    One of our last math lessons before the winter break we did the hour of code featured on Kahn Academy and subsequently made holiday cards for our families. It was tough as shit to make a menorah so I just made a green circle and called it a cabbage. You think I’m joking but I promise you I’m not. Anyways, this is really cool and I think I have presents for my friends sorted out 5eva

  • Charlotte Fassler

    Thanks Kate for reminded me of the time I made a website in 7th grade computer class with my friend which was devoted to a fictional woman we found on google. We invented an entire life for her including a husband and a experimental poetry career. I really hope it still exists somewhere on the world wide web…..

  • http://www.excusemyblog.com/ Kelsey

    Cool! Definitely checking this out! Thanks for sharing!

    Kels
    http://www.excusemyblog.com

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    As a teacher I’m always game for anything that gets student excited about technology…especially girls, since a lot of that stuff is still heavily geared towards boys (just ask my nephews…they still barely accept that I used to play sports).

    I also need to get off my ass and learn to code. Anything that lets me make a unicorn fart cupcakes seems the proper place to start!

  • http://styletongue.tumblr.com Katie Turner

    It wont let me print the bracelet! I do love it though, I made a bracelet and a gif!

  • http://seasandfigurines.wordpress.com Juliet

    That gif is definitely tops ;)

  • Sally

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Now I just wished I lived in the US so I could have my bracelet printed, too :(

  • Guest

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Now I just wished I lived in the US so I could have my bracelet printed, too :(

    (And as I am already despairing over trying to post a picture here, I should definitely learn how to code)

    • Sally

      Argh!!!! Haha so sorry for the mess! No idea how this happened now and as I obviously did not post as me I cannot delete the multiple posts :/
      See, this is why I need to learn how to deal with this interwebs thing!

  • http://www.lookforthewoman.com look for the woman

    This is great, every last bit of it. xxoo

  • http://www.everyella.blogspot.com Ella

    Amazing, I want one! :)

    http://www.everyella.blogspot.com

  • Anika Zebron

    Coded 3D Bracelet, check! My Saturday is so much more enhanced now. Fun site!

  • http://henryshannon22.blogspot.com Shannon Henry

    This is a great idea. As someone who cannot code and would love to learn, this is a great incentive. I came into the 3D printing industry later when they have already done away with programming code to enlist commands, now i can type a command and a pre-programmed action will happen. I would like to better wrap my head around the engineering that makes my work possible. Props to Google for pushing for a technologically bright future

  • Ajnira Muminovic

    I wont go all I envy u cause u were introduced with coding in such an early stage, but I will tell u that I do all my coding and I love it. It makes you feel smart. Buuuut this google thingie looks a bit so/so for me. This was written before I’ve seen the last part make an app for your phone and make your site. Just bookmarked it!!
    majnira.com

  • Jane

    Wow, so awesome Kate!

  • Francisc

    Your GIF is spectacular!

    http://fashion-soup.com/

  • http://www.niceandcleanfulham.co.uk/ heather gilmour

    Nowadays is very important to know coding ant that you’ve done is impressing!
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