Passionate Turkish engineer promotes coding for teenagers


Mediha Aysen Yuksel’s ardour for instructing youngsters learn how to code culminated with beginning a social enterprise that helps youngsters uncover their potential immediately.

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

In the present day, she runs Kodlama Etolysee, a social startup that runs coding workshop packages particularly for underprivileged youngsters between the ages of 8 and 16.

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

“At the moment, I met younger individuals who have been my age however have been higher pc engineer candidates than me. I discovered that they have been guided in direction of know-how by their mother and father at a really younger age as a result of they have been concerned about it, and that they have been conversant in software program rising up. There I understood the significance of the youth I obtained from coding at an early age,” she says.

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

“You’ll be able to 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 means of writing code, you’ll definitely encounter errors and issues, and the necessity for somebody to information your queries can be inevitable,” she mentioned.

“All this gave me the thought to open the way in which for kids and younger individuals to turn into conversant in coding at an early age.”

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

“Since I hadn’t labored with youngsters earlier than, realizing that I had relationship with the children there, made me consider that I may obtain this job,” she mentioned.

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

In the present day, they run workshops via on-line, face-to-face and personal lessons. They train youngsters algorithms and programming languages, whereas at a sophisticated stage they’re growing their very own video games and launching them on the Google Play Retailer.

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

Yuksel says they wish to develop their vary and open extra workshops within the occasions to come back.

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

“Pretty much as good as instructing youngsters is, I like serving to them alongside this path.”

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