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Erase All Kittens - coding for kids

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Erase all Kittens
The London based startup, Erase All Kittens, that's created a game that inspires children to code and teaches professional programming skills.

Erase All Kittens logoYes, we know you want to rush through the opening to see if the titular kittens are okay, so we’ll make it short. Our world is ever more reliant on technology. Our own articles have detailed how even things like farming, house building, and getting out walking can be significantly improved and simplified using technology. An estimated 65% of schoolchildren will become employed in jobs that don’t yet exist, thanks to this rapid technological growth. But to keep up with the need for technology, we need to keep up with the need for a technologically literate workforce. And no matter what our interests and career goals, the general workforce shares one thing in common: they all start off as children!

London-based tech startup Erase All Kittens is doing their part to get children aged 8-14 interested in coding, starting with the simplest language, HTML. This is done through arguably one of the best methods of learning: play. Erase All Kittens is an online game - a 2D, side-scrolling platformer - in which the player has to save kittens, presumably from being erased. But to do so, they must fix and complete the coding of the game. Need to get up to the next platform but there’s nothing to jump on? Simply write the code to create something to jump on!

Erase All Kittens screenHTML is the fundamental code behind websites and is a great place to get started. It seems fairly complicated, yet is easy to learn, which results in a big confidence boost when the child successfully puts together a line of code and sees its immediate results. And Erase All Kittens will be regularly updated, adding CSS and JavaScript, boosting children’s skills and knowledge further. Sure, the next iPhone won’t be built with HTML, but this code will give children a big head start, helping them to understand how code is structured, how tags are opened and closed, how simple things can take reams of code and one letter out of place can change everything. With this foundation, moving on to other languages will be much easier.

The startup and its founders, Dee Saigal and Leonie Van Der Linde, have already been featured in the media all over the place, including the BBC, The Guardian, The Economic Times, and Forbes. This month, workspace accelerator Huckletree announced that Erase All Kittens has won a place on its 12-month Renegade acceleration programme to help take it from startup to scaleup.

Knowledge of coding can be of huge benefit to children spiralling ever downwards towards the pit of despair that is a career, and something like Erase All Kittens is perfectly placed to make great strides towards closing the gender gap in the tech industries, dispelling the notion that tech and coding are things for boys. Already, of their 120,000 players, 55% are girls. By 2025, that 55% will represent 10 million.

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Published on: 23rd June 2019

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