When I first heard the term “blockly” I thought I’d heard “broccoli” and I remembered a comment made by the first President Bush when he came under fire from the dietary fascists for reportedly banning broccoli from the White House:
I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!
You will be glad to know that “BLOCKLY” isn’t a vegetable, and unlike the vegetable it rhymes with, kids do like it. If it had been around when he was a kid, even the elder President Bush might have liked it. Which it wasn’t. Development of Blockly wasn’t even began until the summer of 2011, and was introduced to the public at the May 2012 Maker Faire in San Mateo, California.
Unless our young people are given every chance to learn to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively, their employment hopes for the coming years are in danger. Learning coding language skills with the help of tools like Blockly are a step in the right direction for a nation that hopes to thrive in the 21st Century. And it’s fun! At least my nine-year-old grandson thinks so...