02/21/2014 05:58 pm ET

Book That Teaches Kids To Code Raises $250K On Kickstarter

Linda Liukas wrote her first lines of computer code when she was 13 years old. She was inspired by the man who was then the vice president of the United States. “I was madly in love with Al Gore,” she says, “so I decided to make a website about him.”

This was before online services like WordPress and Tumblr let you so easily build your own unique website without any coding. To create the site she wanted, Liukas had to learn HTML and Javascript, the standard languages of web design — and that’s a good thing. She started with a crush on Al Gore, but she ended up with a new love: programming. “I fell in love with the craftsmanship of it,” says the Finland-born Liukas.