500 Hours of Code – Brick by Brick

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It feels good to see our Tower of Code filled all the way up.  500 hours!  That seems like a lot of hours, but it really just breaks down to working those two hours a day.  Actually we made two Towers.

This first one is a screen shot of the Tower of Code that my son created, written in code with HTML and CSS.

tower of cede

And this next one is the Tower that we created at the beginning of the year with paper grids, markers  and foam board.  It has been our visual reminder throughout the year to keep motivated and to stay on track.  And now that it is complete, we can be proud.

code tower

It’s been a great first year, but we’re really just starting.  There is so much more to learn.  Throughout this time, we have held the motto, “Never, ever give up.”  That’s what it really takes to learn code.  We have to keep trying until we ‘get it.’  I’m still working on learning Javascript. We want to keep learning until we ‘get it’ and then we can move on.

I would like to share an inspiring youtube video (“Here” SOU Raiders  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b99Ibmsrf8Q) where one of the football players is talking about facing obstacles.  He says:

“You don’t set out to build a wall. Instead you say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.  You do that every single day and soon you have a wall.”

This is a great metaphor for anyone facing a challenge.  Learning code is a challenge, but we are laying those bricks every day.

Our path still has a long way to go.  The mountain is high and we keep moving forward. Next week, we will create another Tower of Code with another 500 hours. Let’s see where the path takes us. Brick by brick.

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