WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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164 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up Learning to Think Through Coding K E R I LY M A N writer family matters "I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer … because it teaches you how to think." – Steve Jobs when we read this quote, it seems obvious that we should be teaching computer programming skills to our children but, ironically, it's not easy to find classes that teach these skills locally for younger kids. That's where Wellesley-based jrCode Academy comes in. In early 2015, the Academy, which was founded by two area families, started offering much needed coding — or computer programming — classes to local children from kindergarten through eighth grade. And it's clearly meeting a need: Last winter jrCode Academy offered one class; now, due to increased demand, it offers eight. The brainchild of Wellesley-resident Marko Zajec, who works in business development for Oracle, jrCode Academy got its start when Marko tried to find an after-school coding class for his fifth grade daughter, Mia, last fall. There were plenty of sports and music offerings, even

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