Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Lindsey Cook of The New York Times; Ashlyn Still of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Denver III & IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Learn coding concepts like elementary schoolers learn them — through interactive games and activities that will get you out of your chair — instead of by watching slides and typing unknown symbols into a text editor. You'll learn programming concepts such as loops, types, variables, syntax, and if/then statements that translate to any language and leave with a list of resources for starting to program in the language best suited for your needs. If you identity as a "math hater" and think you could never learn to program, this is the session for you to learn otherwise.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Lindsey Cook is an editor for digital storytelling and training at The New York Times, where she leads data trainings for reporters and editors. Before joining NYT, she was the data editor at U.S. News & World Report. 

  • Ashlyn Still is a graphics reporter at The Washington Post focusing on politics and election results graphics. Prior to joining The Post, she worked as a graphics developer at Reuters and a news applications developer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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  • Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
    Learn coding concepts like elementary schoolers learn them — through interactive games and activities that will get you out of your chair — instead of by watching slides and typing unknown symbols into a text editor. You'll learn programming concepts such as loops, types, variables, syntax, and if/then statements that translate to any language and leave with a list of resources for starting to program in the language best suited for your needs. If you identity as a "math hater" and think you could never learn to program, this is the session for you to learn otherwise.