Let’s do some coding, girls! It’s not a bunch of terrifying programming languages and variables anymore. Instead its much fun now thanks to Google’s Made with Code project which is dedicated to change the way you think about coding. And the group’s latest effort is to let you animate the scenes from the life of Riley, the main character of Pixar’s latest computer generated featured film, Inside Out. Google teams up with Pixar to create a short coding tutorial that will help you to learn some basic computer programming.
“Girls love animation and simply may not know computer science is connected to that,” says Kate Parker, program manager of Made with Code. “By high school, girls tend to self-select out of coding, and that should change.”
In middle school, 74 percent of girls put their interests in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) courses and surprisingly in high school only .3% of those girls have followed up on that desire-reported by USA Today.
The coding will challenge you to animate scenes from the movie. You will use the Blockly, a visually illustrated mini game to drag and drop code snippets together to solve simple problems. With the help of “Inside HQ” you will be able to put yourself in the place of Riley’s emotions to help her slide down a handrail and play a game of hockey. Every time you successfully complete an animation sequence, a scene from the movie is unlocked for viewing.
This is not the first time Google has done something to make the programming easy for girls. Last year, Google’s Made of Code project allowed girls to virtual holiday light show outside the White House using computer science. However, using the animations from this famous movie is a great initiative for the Pixar fans, who want to learn programming which could help them to solve bigger, challenging projects in future.