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The Right Way to Learn Code | Brian Underwood, Max Ptacek & Ben Makarechian | [email protected]

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Ben Makarechian, Brian Underwood, and Max Ptacek tell the story of their experiences trying to create a virtual reality dodgeball game with little knowledge of computer code. They share the methods they used to teach themselves coding so students around the world can learn on their own. Brian Underwood is currently an 8th grader at Hillbrook School. He has always had an interest in science, technology and coding, and has become even more interested with the releases of virtual reality headsets. In his TEDx Talk, he and his friends talk about empowering students through coding and what schools could do better to inspire kids to code. In his free time, Brian enjoys programming, water polo, and hanging out with his friends. Max Ptacek is an 8th grader at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California. He loves all things technological and mechanical, and he has always loved the concept of VR. His passion for video games led him to join his friends in creating their own game. In his talk, he and his friends will talk about empowering kids through code, how schools are teaching kids coding wrong, and how that can be fixed. He hopes he can inspire children and adults alike to try their hand at coding. Ben Makarechian is an 8th grade student at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California. For the last two years, his passions have been playing sports, exercising, and computer programming. In his talk with Brian Underwood and Max Ptacek, he describes how his own experiences with programming were enhanced by connecting it to his passions. He and his group also outline how they hope others can enjoy learning to code by connecting projects to an existing passion. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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B K (2 months ago)
.nerds { 3x-this-is-sparta-front-kick: heavy; }
im Savage (2 months ago)
brilliant group of childrens
Honest Sam (2 months ago)
guys intro sucks..
Brian Underwood (1 month ago)
Thanks for your honesty, honest sam
noob antimonitor101 (3 months ago)
this is awkward
Solace Creat (3 months ago)
This makes me really resentful of basically everything in my upbringing. Schools should do a better job teaching kid's marketable skills. Especially in the technological age.
Pritam Pawade (3 months ago)
I totally agree with these guys
aman giri (3 months ago)
Good suggestions for the children who wants to learn programming effectively.
LightCerous (4 months ago)
Looks Scripted: 100
AbsoluteAI (4 months ago)
Wish I could just haul off and buy a Vive
Aryan Hegde (8 months ago)
Did you try a game engine unreal has vr plugins
RayBbaby (1 year ago)
This seems rehearsed, to point of appearing to be almost choreographed movements. Kind of bummed me out.
AP x (1 year ago)
sreehari p.v (1 year ago)
yeah, this is what I believe. I just know Java basics and I published a very basic Android app. but I want to make an photo editing app and I am going to code that and publish it within 2 or 3weeks maximum. that app will be available on the playstore by Feb 18. awesome video, this is just what I needed to hear, thank you so much
Samson Grice (1 year ago)
Completely agree with what you say about teaching code to kids. I first learnt to code by following a tutorial on YouTube to create snake. This then really gave me the knowledge and accessablity to more code. I recently wrote my first neural network on image recognition without any help apart from the internet.
Manjusha Sah (10 months ago)
which utube did u use to learn code
Jose L (1 year ago)
thats cool, do you have it on youtube or something?
Filip (1 year ago)
Finally people that agree with me
Jon Dutra (1 year ago)
At least they get taught coding in school....Coding wasnt offered when I was in high school. Only simple html and css.
Filip (1 year ago)
sad story bro
Nathan Downey (1 year ago)
I agree with them saying that schools teach programming incorrectly, if at all. Which is sad because computers are such a big part of our lives.
shibnath roy (1 year ago)
Good Job Kids
elbash- doctor (1 year ago)
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MassDynamic (1 year ago)
TLDW: give kids more time
Dhaval solanki Ltd (1 year ago)
Waste of time watchin this video wish it was shorter or never existed lol
Brian Underwood (1 year ago)
Dhaval solanki Ltd lol I don't care, I think it's funny what u said
Dhaval solanki Ltd (1 year ago)
Bro don't get me wrong the idea behind the video was good but presentation was to be improved .....
Brian Underwood (1 year ago)
Dhaval solanki Ltd Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback lmao
NFA78 (1 year ago)
Your goal is good, but your story is weak, when i was 15 and never heard of anything other than html, no one in my school knows anything about computers not teacher and not students, in 3 months i managed to finish a 3d game with 0 support and i worked minimum 9 hours a day, the result was so horrible that it killed my friend's pc and he had to buy another one, but the problems you described are nothing to be honest compared to what i had when i started, though I encourage you to stand on a similar platform and speak again.
Brian Underwood (1 year ago)
yeah I agree m8, it was just that with the time frame, and speech edits that we were given, we could not include every detail. Trust me, it was a lot longer and more tiring than that. Probably not as tough as yours though, so hats off to you.
Abhishek Sharma (1 year ago)
learn by doing, this is how it's done.
Ton (1 year ago)
Why does every Ted talk sound the same...?
Jose L (1 year ago)
yeah right? same format and everything, same cadence.....
Abdullah Ansari (1 year ago)
Make vedio with english subtitle, please
MelatoninShoppen (1 year ago)
I just spent 5 minutes on this shiet . fukin click baiting
luis soto (1 year ago)
This sounds like BS artificial
menny xc (1 year ago)
In México they teach you code until university : /
Scorpion20012001 (1 year ago)
menny xc that's a good thing. I wish Ireland would do that
Himanshu Chaurasia (1 year ago)
Hey bro Brian ! can you please tell me which sites you 3 used to learn coding ?
Virgilia Pamutongan (1 year ago)
aki moon (1 year ago)
This was indeed the Nerdiest presentation their body movements and all but indeed they are talking something awesome. Loved it. Wish I had access to coding at an early age. Motivated again.
Auto cad (1 year ago)
make a video with english subtitles
antony sloan (1 year ago)
Brilliant presentation well done lads
Phani Indra (1 year ago)
Nice stage act
Spykidc Gaming (1 year ago)
*Very inspirational story* I agree that the students should be left unless extremely stuck, when I was being taught programming my teacher done just that and it made us all better at problem solving and coding alike.
Spykidc Gaming (1 year ago)
It's just like learning a language, you start to learn little bits and the more you do it the better you know it.
shannon (1 year ago)
Spykidc Gaming how do you remember all of the patterns??? D: Should I write them down?
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Saring Ali (1 year ago)
there were fifteen people on the stage if all of them would have implemented that project ... imagine that :p
*so cool* _love it_
Divinector (1 year ago)
nice video
Yacine Freifer (1 year ago)
they were screwed?
Alanis 死t (1 year ago)
They are funny and brilliant Congrats boys
Avi Sundaresan (1 month ago)
incorrect and wrong. Avi out.
EchoEcho32 (1 year ago)
Thanks that’s my brother!!! (Brian is)
Brian Underwood (1 year ago)
Alanis 死 thank you! 👍
Sumit Gupta (1 year ago)
sounds cool...
juxz mahn (1 year ago)
He's a brilliant kid...
Brian Underwood (1 year ago)
Yemi Agesin Thanks! The process was tiring but now it's really fun! 😀
Yemi Agesin (1 year ago)
Brian Underwood I'm really glad you and your friends realised the power of coding. I've been coding for 3 years and I love every single bit of it (except for when my code didn't work which is most of the time xD)
Brian Underwood (1 year ago)
juxz mahn Thanks!!!!!!
Source Healing (1 year ago)
well done!
Bob Bobby (1 year ago)

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