How To Come Up With Good Ideas | Mark Rober | TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC

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Translator: Jeesun Youn Reviewer: Lisa Thompson

About a year ago, I asked my YouTube followers to play

a simple computer programming puzzle that I made with a buddy.

The object of the puzzle was to get your car across the maze

by arranging these code blocks

that represent typical computer programming operations,

such as if-else statements and while loops.

Once you thought you had a good code, you would hit Run,

and your car would move based on the commands you had in the program.

I asked my YouTube followers to play it because I said I wanted to prove

that anyone from any background could learn to code.

Fifty thousand of them took the challenge and attempted the puzzle.

But the truth was

that I didn't actually care about proving that anyone could learn to code.

What they didn't know is that we actually randomly served up

two slightly different versions of the puzzle.

In one version, if you hit Run and you weren't successful,

you didn't lose any of your starting 200 points.

We showed you this message.

[Please try again.]

However, in the other version,