Most kids would rather play with their child stuff, watch cartoons, or just goof around with their peers. This girl named Isabel Sieh from Antipolo City, Philippines however, is different — at age 10 she started teaching herself how to code.

Now 13, Isabel’s passion for coding eventually leads her to build her own company called “Girls Will Code”.


It all started when she was just 10 years old…


“When I was around 10 years old, my teacher noticed that I really love math so he suggested that I start coding. He showed me this website called Code Academy,” Isabel Sieh said.

At a young age, she started learning basic HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and JavaScript through online classes. HTML is the most basic foundation of a webpage and is used for developing and visually creating a webpage, while Javascript is a programming language that programs the behavior of webpages and brings websites to life.

However, Isabel felt limited on what she learned online. So when her supportive mom found about Isabel’s passion for coding, she got her tutors to enhance her skills.

According to Isabel, “When you’re in a community, it’s easier,” and so she started Girls Will Code.


She founded Girls Will Code, a community of young girls who are interested in coding. Girls Will Code aims to encourage schools to teach their students basic programming or make it an activity after school.

And she didn’t stop there, she even shares her passion to other schools.


Just last February 14, 2016, Isabel shared her passion by teaching basic programming to a group of 10 elementary students from Bagong Nayon 2 Elementary School.

“It’s the same thing as language. As you learn early, you get really fluent,” Isabel explained.

Meanwhile, Fely Amiloso, the principal of Bagong Nayon 2 Elementary School, said that coding is very useful for studies, especially to elementary kids.

“We’re looking forward to the 21st century learner. They need to be updated with the use of the technology or else they will get left behind.”

Source: Rappler