Mr. Jim Lastinger visited Center Elementary to talk with students about the highest-demand job of the future…..coding. Students were reminded that everything they use today relies on coding. He asked the students, “Do you know how long it takes to write ONE million lines of code?” After several guesses, he provided the answer: It would take one person 223 YEARS to write one million lines of code. It would take 67 people 40 months to write that amount. That is why coders must be people who can work with others, think creatively and persevere until a task is completed.
Two facts that the students got excited about were the self-driving car video and the fact that the human genome contains 3.3 BILLION lines of code. Mr. Lastinger also shared with the students that the Space Shuttle only required 400,000 lines of code, whereas a Chevy Volt car requires 10 million lines of code.
Coding will continue to be a central focus of the school as it prepares students for jobs of the future. Mr. Tyler Bennett is principal at Center Elementary.