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'Video Games Are for Boys'

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Hopscotch app co-founder Samantha John.

"To this day, I'm not super good with computers. My computer breaks all the time, and I do not know how—nor do I want to learn how—to fix it." -Samantha John

Credit: Clark Miller.

For the past decade, Samantha John has been helping kids learn to code with Hopscotch, an app she co-founded, which teaches programming to children as they create their own games. However, John did not grow up coding herself. In an interview, she shares her path from avoiding computer games to helping kids make them.

"Since I was a kid, I had this sense that I always liked videogames, but I thought, 'This is not appropriate for you, Samantha,'" she said. "'Video games are for boys. Don't let anyone see you playing video games.'"

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