Always wanted to learn how to code? This co-founder of a coding school for kids tells you how to get started.
Name: Adeline Setiawan
Job: Chief Creative
Ofﬁcer of Saturday Kids.
What is Saturday Kids and what does your job scope entail?
Saturday Kids is a digital literacy school for kids to play, invent, and have fun with technology and design. We get them to code animation, games and websites, and create interactive projects so they can learn how to solve problems with user-centric design. One day, I could be teaching the kids how to use code to express a game idea; the next, I could be in meetings with my team or organisations to make decisions that impact the company.
When did you first get into programming?
I first got into it four years ago. I started off with a programming language called Scratch, but soon started learning how to use another language called Processing, which is popular with visual artists and designers. Many people think programming is really tough, but there are so many online tools and resources that you can learn from. The local developer community is also extremely supportive and friendly. Everyone is open to sharing, so if you’re thinking of learning how to programme, find a group near you and start!
What’s your big goal?
I want to make technology accessible to everybody so they can make changes to the world in their own little ways. I want people to realise they’re creative beings capable of making things happen.
“As the Programmes & Education Director at the cafe, which is located at the ArtScience Museum, my role is to create experiences that inspire and intrigue. I want to get people curious about how they can use digital fabrication and various forms of technology to create things. Part of that includes showing people what is possible by, say, telling a story using social media, or showcasing artifacts [related to] art, science, technology or design.”
More about Adeline
Things that make me happy...
Exploring a steel and coal production
plant in Duisburg, Germany.
game on a Virtual
made in the ’90s.
Images Adeline Setiawan.