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Coding: Our Future Language?

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CODING: OUR FUTURE LANGUAGE?

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Cooking and programming? – Two activities that do not seem related. That is what you think! Take a look at these pictures. Think before you continue scrolling: What do cooking and programming have in common?

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On the way to the office you are listening to a podcast about coding. Fascinated by the topic, you take a closer look at your surroundings. Move your mouse pointer over the image. You will be surprised where coding is hidden.

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Coffee mug

Just a quick coffee and then off to work? Most cafés and bakeries use vending machines that prepare hot drinks at the touch of a button – whether coffee, cappuccino or latte macchiato. This is only possible because the preparation of the drinks is already stored as a program in the machine.

Trees

Of course, the trees themselves are not programmed. But: green areas in cities are planned precisely, just like, for example, streets. Special landscaping software is used for this.

Public transportation

In road traffic, coding supports drivers and passengers – e. g. in navigation devices, for displaying the next stop or for electronic timetables.

Street lamps

Street lamps are also controlled using a program. Either the street lamps switch on automatically at a certain time or when twilight sets in.

Fashion business

Fashion and coding are more closely related than you think. Well-known designers plan their latest garments with programs first. Then they are produced and sent off to the catwalk.

Music business

Without coding, electronic music would be unthinkable! Music styles like house or techno use programmed drums and instruments. Programs and codes are used for all music styles from recording music to post-production in studios and at concerts.

Smartphone

With a smartphone, coding accompanies us throughout the day. Whether you are sending a message, listening to music, or using a game app, you will find codes and applications everywhere.

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Coding has become an integral part of everyday life. Many apps and programs make life easier. However, we are often not even aware of where coding makes sense. On the following pages you will learn how coding influences something vital – our food.

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We all know that food does not fall from the sky. Before our food lands on our plate, it must grow and, above all, be harvested. Take a minute to think before scrolling. How could coding facilitate agricultural work?

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Technical support will become increasingly important in agriculture. The latest technologies of "Agriculture 4.0" also sound futuristic. Programmed tractors harvest crops by themselves. Drones monitor the fields and draw attention to problems. Even the animals are observed and fed by programs.

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You come home late at night, have had one appointment after the other all day and now you have to wash dishes? – No wonder you do not want to cook. Take a minute to think before scrolling. How could coding help here?

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A few clicks later, your food is already on its way. Numerous delivery service apps bring food right to your doorstep. And business is booming. In 2017 alone, the industry had a turnover of almost 3 billion Euros.

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Everyone can learn to program! At least that is what celebrities like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg say. But is that really true? The “Hour of Code” initiative makes it possible. With the help of small units, children, adolescents or adults learn to write their own program within an hour. The only things specified are the tasks and the required program blocks.The goal of the “Hour of Code” is to overcome preconceptions. 

Click here and try it yourself! It is much easier than you think.


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In the future, programming will not only be learned privately at home, but also in schools. This topic is often discussed in the media.  

Think about it before you continue scrolling: should coding be taught and learned in schools?

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Even if programmers have good chances on the job market – not everyone has to be able to program! Much more important than programming itself is the ability to think digitally and get involved in the digital world.

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Your journey through the world of coding ends here. In this module you learned a lot about coding - from programming languages to application areas to future prospects. It remains to be seen what will soon be possible with coding.

You can find a summary of the module in the download section. 

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