UNC-CH Student Angelina Patel launched a program to teach coding to elementary and middle school students while also breaking down negative stereotypes about coding being nerdy or unappealing.

UNC-CH is Teaching kids to code

Angelina Patel launched a program to teach coding to elementary and middle school students while also breaking down negative stereotypes about coding being nerdy or unappealing.

Carolina sophomore Angelina Patel is teaching the universal language of computer programming to an unexpected audience: children.

In high school, Patel participated in a computer science camp at Carolina, piquing her interest in coding. She picked up on it quickly and planned to continue pursuing her newfound passion.

But when she returned to her home in Savannah, Georgia, she hit a roadblock. She couldn’t find any resources designed for kids interested in coding.

“Then I thought, ‘Well, this is something we should be teaching kids, because it’s such a cool upcoming thing that’s happening,’ so I wanted to fill that gap in the community,” said Patel, who is majoring in computer science in the College of Arts & Sciences.

She launched Kids Code, a program that teaches coding to elementary and middle school students while also breaking down negative stereotypes about coding being nerdy or unappealing.

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Originally published Nov. 29, 2018.

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