Passionate Turkish engineer promotes coding for teenagers


Mediha Aysen Yuksel’s ardour for educating children code culminated with beginning a social enterprise that helps kids uncover their potential at present.

A pc engineer himself, Yuksel determined to unfold his data after discovering he had a superb relationship with kids throughout his time at college.

At the moment, she runs Kodlama Etolysee, a social startup that runs coding workshop applications particularly for underprivileged kids between the ages of 8 and 16.

It began with Yuksel’s internship at Imperial School London, the place she met a number of laptop engineers.

“At the moment, I met younger individuals who had been my age however had been higher laptop engineer candidates than me. I discovered that they had been guided in the direction of expertise by their dad and mom at a really younger age as a result of they had been fascinated by it, and that they had been accustomed to software program rising up. There I understood the significance of the youth I acquired from coding at an early age,” she says.

However, a number of points, together with the truth that studying software program is a prolonged course of and the shortage of sources and applicable training and programs, gave Yuksel an concept that introduces younger folks to coding at an early age.

“You may be taught JavaScript on-line from Codecademy, however you continue to must know English. There are additionally Turkish sources however only a few and never of fine high quality. And the matter doesn’t finish right here. Within the strategy of writing code, you’ll actually encounter errors and issues, and the necessity for somebody to information your queries shall be inevitable,” she mentioned.

“All this gave me the concept to open the way in which for youngsters and younger folks to grow to be accustomed to coding at an early age.”

Yuksel started his endeavor as a volunteer coach at an training heart in Istanbul’s Ikudar district.

“Since I hadn’t labored with kids earlier than, realizing that I had a great relationship with the youngsters there, made me imagine that I might obtain this job,” she mentioned.

She finally launched Kodalama Atoylesi inside her college, Istanbul Sehir College, in 2015. Earlier that 12 months the group was supplied with a 10-week coaching course.

At the moment, they run workshops by way of on-line, face-to-face and personal courses. They train kids algorithms and programming languages, whereas at a sophisticated degree they’re creating their very own video games and launching them on the Google Play Retailer.

“We’ve college students who’ve been attending our workshops for seven years. Though they code very properly on their very own, they might require fast decision of the errors they encounter,” Yuksel says.

Yuksel says they need to increase their vary and open extra workshops within the instances to return.

“One challenge that we connect as a lot significance to studying to code is ensuring children can provide you with completely different concepts and unique merchandise,” she mentioned.

“Nearly as good as educating children is, I really like serving to them alongside this path.”

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