Success Stories of Young People Learning to Program

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Today’s children and teenagers tend to be very close to technology. In games and social networks, the presence of little ones is common. In today’s post, we’ll see how it is possible to combine this interest in technology with learning something real and useful. See how young people learning to program and create technology can help change people’s lives for the better.

Let’s look at some cases that show how there are no limits to a talented young mind that had the chance to learn how to use technological tools from an early age.

 

These young people use their knowledge to make the world a little better. Follow:

Natalie Hampton: Create with technology to end bullying

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In US schools, relationships between children are very segmented. It’s very easy to get branded as someone “popular”, “weird” or “the class nerd”. After that, little ones tend to be bullied a lot because of this stigma.

A good example of this is the lunchtime rituals in schools (there, almost everyone studies full-time): those who sit alone at the table are seen as friendless and isolated people.

And for those who have this difficulty, it is very difficult and embarrassing to go from table to table asking to sit with someone they don’t know.

Because Natalie Hampton, who, at age 16, had been through this situation a lot, used her knowledge of programming to get rid of this problem and still help other people.

She developed a smartphone application that allows people to open virtual “tables” before they even arrive at school and invite other people to sit down.

 

Ema Yang: How technology can reduce the impact of dementia

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Ema, a 12-year-old Chinese child who lives in New York, is suffering from the consequences of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s.

For those who don’t know, Alzheimer’s is a very sad degenerative disease. It gradually destroys brain cells, and its symptoms start with memory loss and end up compromising the entire cognitive system of some elderly people.

Ema created an application that works as if it were a social network for the sick: it is accessed using a fingerprint, which avoids having to memorize a login or password.

Once connected, the elderly person can use photos of relatives in the app to remember their faces (it is very common for the patient to not recognize the faces of relatives after the disease progresses).

Furthermore, the social network avoids other problems arising from memory loss. For example, she displays a reminder whenever Emma’s grandmother tries to call the same person more than once, indicating that the call has already been made.

Exciting to think that something so useful and human was created by young people learning to program at the age of 12, isn’t it? It’s technology serving its true purpose: to improve the world!

Rohan Agrawal: the creator of the robot that delivers snacks

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It could be that you are lying in bed right now, reading this text peacefully on your smartphone or tablet. Sooner or later, that hunger will hit and you’ll have to get up and go to the kitchen to prepare a snack.

Did you get lazy? For know that none of this would be necessary if you were friends with Rohan Agrawal. This Indian child prodigy, only 12 years old, received as a gift from a company the parts of a robot that did not work.

Rohan not only managed to assemble the entire robot, but he also used a notebook to program it. The little creature dodges obstacles and delivers snacks to company employees.

David Braga: the 14-year-old virtual entrepreneur

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Finally, there is also the story of a child. David Braga created an application to purchase educational material directly from the cell phone of students’ parents.

And, with that, he earns no less than R$100 thousand reais per month! The parents reinvest a lot of money back into David’s education and also save money so he can continue to do business in the future.

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