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I started coding during a one-week holiday programme at Coding Lab. It was an activity to keep me occupied during the December school holidays since my family did not plan any vacation. Classes were fun, so I asked my mother to sign me up for more. My Coding Lab teachers are really helpful, especially when I don’t understand something or if there’s a bug in one of my codes. The lessons are really interesting because they are about the ever-changing world, like climate change and reducing pollution.
“The world has a big amount of coders making a difference in the world and I want to be a part of it.”
What inspires you to continue coding?
What I like most about coding is that I am able to make games and educate people about what is changing and how to deal with the changes around us. Many children like games, so they can have fun while learning.
Coding makes me feel like I am a part of the world, and that I’m not being left behind. The world has a big amount of coders making a difference in the world and I want to be a part of it.
Share more about a program you have created. What were some challenges faced when creating it?
I once created a Scratch project about cell division, but there were many challenges that I faced. I didn’t know how to start because I thought it was too complicated. Thankfully, I was able to complete it with some guidance from my teacher.
“Coding might seem complicated at first, it’s fine to make mistakes.”
How was your experience at the Code XtremeApps 2019 hackathon like?
This competition helped me to learn how to work in a group and it made me more competitive as this was my first real competition. I felt well prepared with the classes that I had taken at Coding Lab where my tutors would guide us like mentors by constantly giving us challenges to code and solve. They are very encouraging and supportive! This helped us to win. I felt very proud of myself and my teammates when we won first place.
What do you hope to accomplish next in programming?
I hope to make more cool games in the future for people of all ages to play. For example, Geometry Dash. I would code the looks of the obstacles, the colour and when the character jumps. I would want this game to be published on the App Store without any supporting website. I hope that my programming can help people with their needs and entertainment.
What advice would you give to young coders who are new to coding?
Coding might seem complicated at first, it’s fine to make mistakes. Just know that your teachers are there for you and will be happy to help you in any way possible!
After noticing her creativity in class, Leah was encouraged to compete in the CXA 2019 Hackathon. Her team emerged as the Champion, motivating her to take her coding to the next level. The outspoken young girl is always up for a challenge and we look forward to all her future coding projects!
Finds the shortest way to move from one place to another
The foundation for the recommended route feature on Google Maps [3, 4].
“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”
Did you know? Djikstra was the first Dutch computer programmer .
Room 2. Feynman
The second room was inspired by Richard Phillips Feynman (11 May 1918 – 15 February 1998) an American theoretical physicist and musician (known for his bongo-playing, made popular by Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory ) who worked on the first nuclear bomb  and investigated the crash of space shuttle Challenger .
Won him the Nobel Prize in Physics 1965 for his work on quantum electrodynamics [10, 11]
A simplified visual representation of the mathematical expressions that describe the movements of subatomic particles that facilitates understanding, provides good approximations to reality
Contributes to many physicists’ evolving theories of particle interactions today .
“The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to… No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.”
Did you know?The Feynman Lectures on Physics from Feynman’s Caltech lectures is one of the most popular physics lectures, and are now available online for free.
Room 3. Turing
Finally, the third room got its name from the Father of Modern Computer Science, Alan Mathison Turing (he British computer scientist, mathematician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist also built the foundations of artificial intelligence and modern computers [13, 14].