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Hacking the runway with MakeCode with Dr. Thomas Ball and Dr. Teddy Seyed #MakeCode @MSMakeCode

The Microsoft Research blog features a post on a podcast with Dr. Thomas Ball and Dr. Teddy Seyed who are making programming accessible to non-programmers in places like the classroom, the workshop… and even the runway!

Computer programming has often been perceived as the exclusive domain of computer scientists and software engineers. But that’s changing, thanks to the work of people like Dr. Thomas Ball, a Partner Researcher in the RiSE group at Microsoft Research, and Dr. Teddy Seyed, a post-doctoral researcher in the same group. Their goal is to make programming accessible to non-programmers in places like the classroom, the workshop… and even the runway!

On today’s podcast, Tom and Teddy talk about physical computing through platforms like MakeCode, a simplified programming environment that makes it easier for young people – and other computer science neophytes – to start coding with programmable microcontrollers. They also tell us all about Project Brookdale, where they did a collaborative fashion show that gave emerging designers the tools to embed technology in their garments and produce wearables you’d actually want to be seen in!

See the post with the podcast and a transcript here.

Microsoft MakeCode is a framework for creating programming experiences for beginners. Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.

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