Humans of First Code: Aiyana Campbell
Aiyana Campbell is 10-year-old from Harbour School in Hong Kong. She is somewhat different from her peers in having strong passion in coding and LEGO.
First Code interviewed her to find out more about her passion in computing.
Hi Aiyana. When did you realise you have a passion for coding?
My coding journey started when I became obsessed with certain mobile games, especially Angry Birds. When I played Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, I kept wondering 'How did they do this? It is genius!' I was curious.
Even though Aiyana is young, she already has the mindset of a creator. She thinks that coding is the digital equivalent of her favourite toys, such as LEGO, Rainbow Loom, and Robots.
So, what do you think Coding is about?
Coding is about building and being creative. The output is kind of magical.
Even though you may face a lot of problems with coding, why do you still wish to persist?
I love building stuff, and engineering and hardware cannot go without software.
Aiyana believes that the more problems she encounters, the better she becomes in solving them. In addition, Aiyana has decided to continue coding to see the beauty in combining hardware and software knowhow.
Do you have encouragement to say to the girls who wish to learn programming?
I think coding suits girls actually. Girls have an eye for minor details, generally more patient, and like creating things ... These are great traits for coding.