Along with a digital divide there is a programmer divide: software development is restricted to the digital elite, the .001% of the world who know how to program. Most people don’t even dream of participating in the mysterious world of code, though software permeates our entire lives.
Drag and Drop Code’s mission is to break down the programmer divide and radically broaden and diversify the pool of software creators. Our approach is based on Thunkable and App Inventor, drag and drop coding tools that allow absolute beginners to learn coding by building mobile apps. These tools heighten motivation (its fun!) and lower the barriers to learning, and provide a welcome introduction to designers, artists, women, people of color, scientists, health professionals, humanities majors, entrepreneurs— anyone who desires to add software to their creative problem solving arsenal. The end-goal is two-fold: to empower people to thrive in today’s increasingly digital society, and to infuse the software development field with creative, big-picture thinkers.