Samantha John explains the design considerations for creating a visual language for children and demoes Hopscotch, presenting techniques and sample projects for teaching kids to code.
Samantha John figured out she loved programming just in time to learn Ruby on Rails and skip out on med school. She's passionate about creating tools to teach people to program, especially those who don't fit most people's profile of the 'typical' engineer. She started Hopscotch to bring the joy of programming to young people everywhere.
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