Made with Code is Google’s effort to get girls and women more interested in coding through programming tutorials and mentoring. Now Made with Code is collaborating with Pixar to offer a tutorial based on the popular movie “Inside Out.”
According to the website, Google started Made with Code because “increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that make technology happen…If we can inspire girls to see that code can help them pursue their passions, whatever they may be, then hopefully they will begin to contribute their voices to the field of technology for the benefit of us all.”
“Inside Out” is a critically acclaimed and popular film about emotions. Because of its female protagonist, girls might be enticed to check out the tutorial and learn a little coding.
Using a graphical coding language called Blockly, kids can make Riley, the film’s protagonist, move around, slide down a banister, and play hockey. The lesson introduces programming concepts like if-then statements and looping.
There are 11 tutorials on the Made with Code site so far. They let users create such cool things as a music mixer, a dress-designing tool, a selfie-decorator, and a garden robot. It seems like there’s a coding project there that would interest just about anyone.