Updated: Apr 11, 2022
Python is one of the most versatile programming languages in the world today and is a great language for high school students to learn and use in many different types of programming projects, science fair projects, and beyond. In this blog, we answer common questions about python and show you how to get started.
How old do you need to be to learn python? Can a 10-year-old or an 11-year old learn python? Can teens learn python?
Most of our students start learning python at about 6th grade, and we have seen a few students start even earlier than that. If you are in high school and just starting, don't worry! It is an easy language to learn and the sooner you get started the better.
Why is python so important and so popular?
One of the trends that has revolutionized the software industry is open source software - where people can share their code to be used by other programmers. Python has benefited greatly from this trend and there are many python libraries (software that you can add to your own program) that are open source. Because of this, new programmers can build powerful apps in python with very little additional code - in the same way that professional programmers do. Examples of what kids can build in python include apps to tell the time, a python app to translate text to speech, or a python app to translate speech to text, all of which use different libraries already available.
Why is Python critical for AI and Data Science for High School?
Many of the powerful AI software packages used in the real world are written in python, such as Sci Kit Learn, Tensorflow, and Pytorch.
What is Python for High School students?
High school students can use python for many things. Examples include prototypes for science fairs, particularly if you are using AI, building your own games, or participating in programming competitions. Famous coding contests like USACO now accept entries in python. It is also a great skill to learn before college since it will help you if you want to study Computer Science, STEM, or AI.
Is Python free?
Most python programs are free and can be downloaded from the internet.
5 Cool Projects to Get Started
So you want to start coding in Python? Here are 5 cool projects to get you started