It takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a given subject. How does a novice get started, and how does an intermediate keep going? WindyCityRails and ChicagoRuby organizer Ray Hightower encourages us to remember that practice begins with play.

For our June Table Talks on Developer Education, Ray took us through an engaging PechaKucha presentation on the importance of play in learning—an idea that applies to more than just developers. Play helps us expand our thinking, experiment, and get creative with how to solve problems. Plus, building a supercomputer with Raspberry Pi computers and Legos, like Simon Cox and son James did (above), is just plain cool.

Ray also announced that WindyCityRails will be starting a youth program this year, with the goal of getting kids interested in programming and launching the next generation of developers. You can bet play will be a part of it.

To view other PechaKucha presentations from our Table Talks series, visit the Table XI PechaKucha channel. If you’re interested in attending a future Table Talks, request an invite through our website. You can also follow along at #tabletalks.

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