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Linda vil lære barna koding  

Det å lære barn å programmere er tilsynelatende populært. Linda Liukas fra Finland la ut et barnebokprosjekt om emnet på Kickstarter i forrig uke. Hun ba om 10 000 dollar for å kunne realisere drømmen sin, og pengene tikket inn. Etter et døgn hadde hun nådd 100 000 dollar, og nå har tallet bikket 212 000 dollar – 1,3 millioner kroner, altså. Og det er fortsatt tre uker igjen av innsamlingsaksjonen.

– Denne boken er laget for å få barn engasjert i teknologi, og påvirker måten de oppfatter teknologi på når de vokser opp, sier hun til Mashable.

Liukas ville i utgangspunktet bare trykke opp 1000 eksemplarer av boken, men nå ser det ut til at det blir langt, langt flere.

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Can This Children’s Book Help Make The Internet A Better Place?

Like many people with grand ideas, Linda Liukas talks fast. It’s as if her bubbling inspiration and enthusiasm is searching for an escape hatch. And lately, the Code Academy alum and cofounder of Rails Girls–a global nonprofit that hosts coding workshops for women in cities ranging from Tel Aviv to Tokyo–has plenty to be excited about.

Last Friday, Liukas’s Kickstarter project[/url], Hello Ruby, soared past its initial funding goal of $10,000 in a few short hours. As of writing this, the project just passed the $200,000 mark with 24 days left to go–an eternity in the Kickstarter-verse. Hello Ruby is the kind of project Kickstarter was created to fund–as opposed to a shiny new smartwatch or a solar-powered iPhone charger.

Hello Ruby is way more than a children’s book. The series and its accompanying activity guides are designed to spark the collective imaginations of young girls (4 to 7) and pique their interests in computer sciences.

The book, which Liukas is writing and illustrating herself (she only started illustrating three years ago), stars Ruby, «a young girl with a huge imagination.» On her adventures, Ruby learns about all the powerful and wondrous things code can do, encountering green-colored androids, ephemeral ghosts, and–naturally–lots and lots of bugs along the way.