Reasons Children Should Learn to Code

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Accomplished business leader Peter Kuperman has spent the past several years building and growing Hatch Canada as founder and CEO. Under his leadership, the company teaches children how to code using the processing.js library and JavaScript. A former volunteer with Khan Academy, Peter Kuperman takes a mastery-based approach to teaching at Hatch Canada. Coding has become hugely relevant over the years, yet many people still do not learn about it until adulthood. Below are just a few reasons why children should learn to code:

High demand: the current job market is looking for individuals with coding and computer science backgrounds. According to some reports, more than 70 percent of new STEM jobs are in computing. Despite this, less than 10 percent of STEM graduates studied computer science. Learning to code at a young age gives children an advance in the job market.

Basic language: given the pervasiveness of digital technology, coding has become a basic language in the 21st century. Kids are surrounded by media streaming, programmable toys, and cellphones, all of which function on coding. By learning this basic language, children are able to understand their world better and play a larger role in our changing society.

Develop skills: coding serves as a great way for kids to develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills. With these skills, children in preschool can begin understanding the basic concepts of such things as heuristics and algorithms. These abilities have huge effects on children’s lives as they become contributing members of society.

Plan International – Because I Am a Girl Campaign

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Peter Kuperman and his wife consider themselves secular humanists and are both committed to doing whatever they can to make the world a better place. Peter Kuperman offers his support to a number of charities and is particularly passionate about Plan International and the nonprofit Because I Am a Girl campaign.

The campaign focuses on four key priorities that empower young women around the world, particularly in places where they may not have access to many opportunities.

These four priorities are:

Learn – All girls have the right to safe and quality learning environments. They should also have access to lifelong learning opportunities.

Lead – All girls should have the right to take equal part in the politics of their communities and countries.

Decide – All girls should have the right to decide if and when they start families or marry, and with whom.

Thrive – All girls have the right to live their lives free of violence, discrimination, and intimidation. They should also have access to equal economic opportunities.

By following these key priorities, Plan International hopes to change the lives of millions of girls around the world.

Lesser Known Groups Helping Syrian Refugees

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Hatch Canada founder and CEO Peter Kuperman invests in the next wave of technology leaders by teaching children how to code through his organization. Apart from his career, Peter Kuperman is a longtime supporter of humanitarian aid organizations and has recently focused his efforts on finding ways to help Syrian refugees.

Organizations such as UNICEF and The Red Cross are among the more well-known groups aiding Syrian refugees, but other groups that are not as high-profile are also doing important work. Hand in Hand for Syria provides direct support within Syria. Rather than provide help to people who are leaving the country, this organization is focused on supporting those who are choosing to stay. Supporting their efforts through justgiving.com helps to provide food and other necessities to Syrians who are either unwilling or unable to flee.

In addition, The International Medical Corps is a group providing medical relief to Syrian refugees who are escaping to nearby countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. They have one such station set up in Gaziantep, which is close to the war-torn Aleppo area that has seen mass casualties during the conflict.

SOS Children’s Villages – Developing the Youth for a Brighter Future

 

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Founder and CEO of Hatch Canada, Peter Kuperman built his company to create a fun and engaging computing-related environment for young students. With a passion to help kids, Peter Kuperman also supports SOS Children’s Villages, an international organization that provides family homes to thousands of orphans and abandoned children.

One of SOS Children’s Villages initiatives is the SOS Social Circus Program. The program targets young children who have been abused and neglected and who may have a mental illness, anxiety, or extreme feelings of distrust. The program aims to make sure kids are ready for a brighter future by teaching them life skills, which include self-awareness, emotional control, resilience and perseverance, and interpersonal skills. Specifically, it

When developed among the young people, these soft skills are expected to help them build healthy relationships, connect with and participate in their communities, and become successful in academics and their future professions.

For two years now, the program has shown commendable success in instilling these crucial skills as evidenced by its more self-confident, more disciplined, and more resilient beneficiaries.

Three Cycling Tips for Beginners

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Peter Kuperman saw career opportunities in education, becoming a part of the Khan Academy and later on establishing Hatch Canada. In addition to his professional pursuits, Peter Kuperman keeps himself physically active through cycling.

Many sports enthusiasts consider cycling a beneficial form of exercise, since the activity builds up one’s endurance and strength. Before taking up road cycling as an exercise or a hobby, here are some basic tips to improve the riding experience.

1) Familiarize yourself with shifting. Changing gears before the need to do so helps riders smoothly transition, maintain momentum, and reduce strain on the bike’s chain. While shifting gears, it is important to continue pedaling at a gentle force, to prevent the chain from grinding and snapping.

2) Learn to brake. To brake safely, it is important to use both front and rear brakes. Slamming on just the front brake–which has more stopping power–can cause danger to the cyclist. Using the rear brake evenly with the front brake helps cyclists reduce speed safely until they come to a complete stop.

3) Lean your bike, and keep your body upright. Beginner cyclists often lean with their bodies when making a turn, causing them to lose balance. To turn properly, cyclists must keep their body upright while allowing the bike to lean slightly into the turn.