15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2023

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Look around you: all of the devices, appliances, and vehicles rely on coding to function.

Or, to put it another way, the strength of code is what propels modern technology. This shows how vital coding has become to us.

Coding provides you with an excellent professional career and improves your cognitive skills, logical thinking, and problem-solving abilities, which are important in everyday life. 

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It has become a necessary skill that each of us should learn. Children as young as five years old are learning to code

Here is a quote from a computer scientist on the importance of coding for children: 

Coding is today’s language of creativity. All our children deserve a chance to become creators instead consumers of computer science

Maria Klawe

I specifically started this site to give you additional knowledge about coding. So stay tuned to learn some fascinating stuff.

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know

Because March is the month when we celebrate the work and accomplishments of women and girls worldwide, I’d like to begin by discussing women’s contributions to coding.

1. The first-ever computer programmer was a woman named Ada Lovelace. 

She was a mathematician and intellectual who translated an Italian article on the Analytical Engine in 1843 and added her notes to it. 

These notes included a detailed explanation of the engine and an algorithm that it could execute, which is recognized as the world’s first computer program. 

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022
Image: Ada Lovelace’s Bio  Source: Wikipedia Commons 

2. Wikipedia claims there are over 700 computer languages. 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to know every computer language to become an expert. You can begin with kid-friendly platforms like Scratch, code.org, and so on, and work your way up to prevalent languages like Java or Python

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022
Image: Some programming languages

3. Fortran is thought to be the oldest still-in-use programming language.

It was developed by John Backus in 1957. It stood for Formula Translation and was designed to perform scientific and mathematical tasks.

4. Creeper System was the first computer virus that was released in 1971. 

It was an experimental self-replicating program developed by Bob Thomas. This virus did not do any actual damage to the computer system but it displayed the message: 

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022

5. Turochamp, a chess simulation, is the first known written computer game

Alan Turing and David Champernowne developed Turochamp. Because the code was too complex to run on the machines available at the time, it was never implemented. 

6. At age 6, Kautilya Katariya is the youngest programmer in the world. 

The Guinness Book of Records named him the “youngest computer programmer” in the world. He created AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications using the knowledge and information he gained from IBM course materials.

7. Python is regarded as a beginner-friendly coding language. 

Because of its similarity to English, it is simple to learn and read. Furthermore, it is gaining popularity due to its effectiveness in application fields such as data science and machine learning. 

8. Katie Bouman – a US scientist designed an algorithm that helped obtain an image of Black Hole in April 2019. 

She was a member of the Event Horizon Telescope team that captured the first image of a black hole. They named the algorithm: Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors (CHIRP). 

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022
Image: Black Hole, imaged by the Event Horizon Telescope 

Did you know: There is an asteroid named after her – 291387 Katiebouman. 

9. The following are the most commonly used coding languages for game development: Java, C++, Python, C#, and Javascript. 

10. Do you know there is a coding language named “Go”. 

It was designed at Google in 2007. It is an open-source programming language that is simple to learn and suitable for beginners. 

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Image: Go Logo 

11. Why Python is called Python? 

When you consider this, you may recall that Python’s creator named it after the snake-type Python. But we couldn’t be more mistaken. Guido van Rossum, the language’s creator, was reading published scripts from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” when he named the language Python. 

Note: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” is a 1970s BBC comedy series.

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022
Image: Guido van Rossum- Creator of Python 

12. The programming language “Java” got its name while its creator sipped his coffee. 

Java is a programming language created in the early 1990s by James Gosling- a Canadian computer scientist. James Gosling and his team dubbed their project “Greentalk,” which later evolved into “OAK.” However, they could not use the name “OAK” because it was already a trademark of “Oak Technologies.” So, after much deliberation, Gosling came up with the idea of naming the language Java while sipping his coffee. 

Note: Java coffee is a coffee grown on the Indonesian island of Java.

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022
Image: James Gosling – Creator of Java 
15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022
Image: Java 

13. According to Stack Overflow, the most disliked coding languages are Perl, Delphi, and VBA. 

14. Do you know the A. M. Turing Award in computer science’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize. 

It is named after Alan Turing – a British mathematician and key founder of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. 

The award has indeed been accompanied by a one-million-dollar cash prize, with Google providing financial support.

15 Facts About Coding Every Kid Should Know In 2022
Image: Alan Turing 

15. You can get well-paying jobs by learning to code. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer and information systems managers are the highest-paid coding professionals, followed by Software Engineers and Data Scientists. 


That’s about all. We talked about some fascinating facts about coding. It may have given you an idea of how coding has evolved over the years to become one of the most sought-after professional fields in the world. 

So, what are you holding out for? Begin learning and practicing coding right away. Meanwhile, if you know any interesting coding facts, please share them with us. Have fun coding. 

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