Grasshopper Website FAQ
What is Grasshopper?
What can I expect to learn using Grasshopper?
- Fundamentals - How code works, calling functions, variables, strings, for loops, arrays, conditionals, operators, objects, and how all these things work together.
- Fundamentals II - String and array methods, creating functions, introducing recursion and callbacks, and importing libraries.
- Intro to Interviewing - Decompose and model real world problems so that they can be solved using code, utilizing computational thinking.
- Animations I - Drawing shapes using the popular D3 library, defining functions, callback functions, and animations.
- Using a Code Editor - Introduction to a traditional style code editor (or IDE)
By the end of using Grasshopper’s current curriculum, you should be familiar with core programming concepts, be comfortable solving problems with code and be able to build a simple webpage.
What should I do after I use Grasshopper?
The world is your oyster! Grasshopper should give you the foundational skills you need to continue your journey in learning to code, which can take many different routes. We have users who pursue full time coding bootcamps, part time online coursework, degrees at 4 year universities or community colleges, and more. That said, if you’re looking for a recommendation, we’ve put together some suggested next steps here.
Does the little grasshopper in the lessons have a name?
The grasshopper’s name is Grace! The name Grasshopper pays honor to Grace Hopper, one of the early pioneers in computer programming.
Who is the team building Grasshopper?
Grasshopper is a Code with Google Program, a workshop for experimental projects. Our entire team is passionate about removing barriers to accessing coding education, and we love working on Grasshopper. To find out more, check out our About Us page.
Will Grasshopper remain free of charge to use?
Yes! We firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to code, regardless of their means. We’re committed to keeping Grasshopper free of charge to use.
Should I expect more lessons? What will it be?
We’re constantly working on expanding our curriculum. In the past couple months, we’ve launched new coursework around technical interviewing (Intro to Interviewing) along with courses for web development (Intro to Webpages) on an entirely new surface (desktop) We definitely have more work to do and we will continue to prioritize content that is relevant for beginner coders. Since we have an experimental approach to making content to keep our students motivated, we don’t announce new material too far ahead of time, but stay tuned for more!
What languages does Grasshopper support?
Given that we’re still in the early stages of development, the Grasshopper team is focused on providing an English-only experience right now.
Will Grasshopper expand to teaching other programming languages?
What should I do if I want to delete my Grasshopper account?
You can do this in Grasshopper on Desktop, Android, or iOS. Just navigate to the Settings page in the menu and select 'Delete account'.
I'd like to get a copy of my account, progress and playground creations, so I can use it outside of Grasshopper. What should I do?
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org using the same email address as your Grasshopper account, and we're happy to send you a JSON file with your Grasshopper data.