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.

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.

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.

Peter Kuperman: Full Circle Fund

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The philanthropic Full Circle Fund strives to cultivate leadership and social change throughout the San Francisco Bay area. The Fund consists of a diverse group of individuals from a cross-section of the community, including successful business people, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and government officials as well as representatives of nonprofit organizations.

Members join forces with nonprofits to provide business assistance in three key areas, or circles: global economic opportunity, environment, and education. The group decides which projects to support via monetary grants and hands-on assistance after conducting extensive research, site visits, and many hours of meetings.

Citizens who are interested in social issues across the Bay Area are welcome to apply for membership. Donations, sponsorships, and volunteer contributions help the Fund do its work. Financial contributions to Full Circle Fund are tax deductible.

Supporting several forward-thinking organizations, Mr. Kuperman has belonged to Full Circle Fund’s Education Circle since 2008.

How to Train Successfully for Your First Marathon

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Peter Kuperman, founder of Hatch Canada, an educational organization that teaches computer programming to children, has also been a semi-professional runner. His passion for running led Peter Kuperman to participate in the Boston Marathon on three separate occasions. Preparing for a marathon requires patience and determination, as well as strategy. Below are a handful of considerations for more effective training.

1. Focus on the base first: Individuals cannot simply run a marathon. They need to slowly build their mileage, as well as their running intensity, over the course of months or even years, depending on fitness level.

2. Long runs are key: Bodies only learn to run for extended periods of time when people push them to do so. Too often, runners focus on running every day rather than setting aside one day for distance with built-in time for recuperation.

3. Figure out nutrition before the race: While people run, they need to keep themselves fueled. Fast runners need to focus on sugars while long-distance runners will need fat to keep their bodies working. Everyone is different so finding the best mix takes some experimentation.

4. Patience is a virtue: When people decide to run a marathon before they are ready, they risk becoming so discouraged that they stop training altogether.

5. Training is more than running: A marathon involves a degree of strength that individuals can only build through weight training and bodyweight exercises. Many people also add yoga and meditation to their training.