Young Rewired State
I’ve been attending a YRS event at City University with the Stemettes for the last two days and I’ve learnt an immense amount as well as being introduced to loads of new resources. Today my friend and I were talking to this really nice guy John, who currently works for YPlan. He gave us so much advice on university, working for start-ups and internships. He even shared his exam technique which involves writing down things he often forgets on a banana before the exam, looking over it and then eating it. Which I shall definitely be attempting when exam season comes around.
We also spoke to Anne-Marie (the head Stemette) and she explained to us exactly how websites are put together, and answered
our my numerous questions which was great! She told us about drupal and the importance of a LinkedIn account which we proceeded to create but will not touch until the webinar in September so we can make the best of it.
Here are the resources that I’ve heard about (and remembered to write down) so far;
Stemettes Summer Hack
I went to the Stemettes Summer Hack today at Winston Capital and it was really, really good.
Living in England means that of course the weather was erratic and I left the house to torrential rain but came home to searing heat but enough about the weather.
When we arrived we greeted by piles of food. So before the day had fully started it had got a 10/10 from me.
We then did some ice breakers which included coming up with a STEM related pop group name, song title and dance move. That was indeed an interesting experience.
We then moved into our groups of what you wanted to do. My friend and I choose Python where we were recreating Flappy Birds. I hope my finial product is better than my Flappy Birds skills.
Then we had lunch where there was more food.
During lunch my friend and I went to speak to Anne-Marie, the head Stemette. She is actually an awesome person and gave us loads of great, actionable advice.
After lunch we continued coding for the rest of the day. The Winton Capital staff and all of the volunteers were very nice and helpful.
It was really interesting to see such a mix of people. While the majority were quite young(year 8 and under) there were parents getting involved and people a lot older than my friend and I who had come which for some reason surprised me.
It was a great day and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.
Side note: Oh and in the afternoon there was more food. All these deserts and stuff!!! :)
Another side note: The food was good quality as well; they even had M&S juice
Summer of self inflicted pain
This coding business is soooo much harder than I had anticipated. It has taken every inch of restraint not to throw my laptop out of the window.
All the websites and blogs and articles talk about the benefits of being able to code and how anyone can pick it up and blah, blah, blah. I myself was sucked in by the amazing possibilities that being able to code would bring me but now I wish I never heard of it.
Okay, not really, I’m exaggerating greatly, but it is significantly more difficult than I thought. It requires my full attention and even after hours of trying things and Googling, not much progress has been made. It took me three days to make a header where things were in one line, and as it is, I’m not sure how well it would work with a different screen size.
If I didn’t appreciated Google before (which I did) I appreciated it 1000 times more now. As well as Stack Overflow where people seem to have already asked and answered my questions, although a more complex version of them.
From this past week’s experience and talking to my dad I realised I really need to make sure my foundation is solid. So before I continue with this “theme”, I need to know HTML and CSS like I know my favourite TV characters.