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    Top 20 Computer Science Facts for Kids




    Kids have hyperactive minds that can soak in information quickly and make some use of it. This is why kids should be exposed to sources of information like exciting facts, quizzes, trivia, and much more. 

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    Today we are going to share some amazing facts about computer science.

    Computer science is one of the most useful fields of study in recent times, considering its high scope. There is an estimate of about 22% growth in job opportunities for this sector annually, according to studies. 

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    So, if you are a kid reading this blog for knowledge or a parent looking for useful information for your kid’s career, it is worth your time. 

    Top 20 Facts Related to Computer Science For Young Minds

    1. There are over 700 programming languages!

    There are over 700 programming languages in the world that form the backbone of the advancement we see today. From the most popular ones like Java, Python, C++, and JavaScript to less popular ones like COBOL and VBA, each has specific uses. 

    2. At least 30K websites are hacked daily! 

    The number of websites hacked daily is a serious security risk. At least 30,000 websites are reportedly hacked daily, which accounts for over 22 million websites annually.

    3. Just 10% of the money in the world is physical currency, the remaining being computer currency! 

    Computer currency has grown in popularity due to electronic transfers, debit and credit cards, and internet transactions, giving convenience and speed to financial transactions. 

    4. The first programmer was a woman. 

    The first computer programmer was Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and author. She contributed to Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the 19th century, developing the first algorithm that was meant to be processed by a computer. 

    5. In the future, coding will soon become as popular or even more popular than reading. 

    With a great deal of technological advancement in recent times and the impact of coding on it, this skill will rise in popularity as a commonly chosen activity like reading right from childhood. 

    6. Coding is more a self-learning skill than an acquired discipline. 

    You can certainly learn coding as a course. However, the skill is more of a self-taught skill. The best coders in the world became so while developing a passion for programming and teaching and developing it with practice. 

    7. A teenager once hacked NASA’s computer systems! 

    That’s true! In 1999, a 15-year-old kid called Jonathan James hacked all the computer systems at NASA. 

    8. Huge tech brains started as video game fanatics when they were kids.

    Most of the big brains behind technological wonders were video game fanatics in childhood. For instance, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The Apple co-founders spent many young years developing a video game called Breakout. 

    9. Domain names were free until 1995!

    If you lived in the early 90s, you could create an online presence without paying for a domain name. It was after 1995 that domain names ceased to be free. 

    10. The first computer game was a massive failure.

    Space War is the first computer game ever designed, which was created by a computer programmer called Steve Russel and his team. The game failed because they did not ask for any money in exchange for playing this interesting game online. 

    11. The first computer virus was called ‘Creeper.’

    The first computer virus or self-replicating computer program was created in 1971, known as the Creeper. However, it did not cause any harm to computer systems, except an output message that read ‘I’M THE CREEPER; CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.’ 

    12. Many of the current professional software developers wrote their first code in school. 

    Most software and coding geniuses who took the world by storm with their ideas today wrote their first code as teenagers. This is because, considering the current age of these geniuses, they were in school during the PC revolution of the 70s. 

    13. StackOverFlow.com is the go-to destination for developers in crisis.

    This website is a very helpful location for code developers and programmers in a crisis, as you can find solutions for every problem here. Not only is the solution quick, but it is also safe, accurate, and reliable. 

    14. Alan Turing, the father of AI, was also the inventor of CAPTCHA. 

    The famous mathematician, the father of artificial intelligence, invented CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test, to tell Computers and Humans Apart. 

    15. C programming language is called so because there was another one-of-a-kind called B!

    When the C programming language was developed, another language already existed, B. Since it acted as a predecessor to C, the newly developed language was called C. 

    16. Computers once ran on the water! 

    In 1936, Vladimir Sergeevich Lukyanov designed and developed the first water integrator machine, or computer, that ran on water.

    17. The first mouse was made of wood!

    The first mouse prototype in 1963 had a wooden exterior with two metal wheels. 

    18. Larry Page planned to sell Google in 1999! 

    Google was about to get sold to Excite by Larry Page, the founder, in 1999. But, for some reason, the deal didn’t work out, so we know the search engine genius as it is today! 

    19. Three ex-employees of PayPal founded YouTube. 

    Considering the difficulty of sharing videos, i.e., huge visual content, three ex-employees of PayPal- Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, created YouTube. 

    20. Emails came into existence before the concept of the internet was conceived!

    That’s true! The first email was sent in 1971 when the internet did not exist. Only the ARPANET network was there for connectivity purposes.

    In a Nutshell!

    In short, these are some exciting computer science facts for young minds to learn from and entertain themselves with. These facts will help develop curiosity and may lead the way for future programming geniuses! 

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