Coding for kids has been a hot topic in educational circles. Most parents and educators recognize the importance of computer programming (otherwise known as coding).
As the founder of Codify Zone a kids coding academy, I have seen firsthand that teaching programming at an early age provides a number of important educational and developmental benefits. There is also little doubt that getting started early in one of the 21st century’s most important literacies will pay dividends as computing becomes part of nearly every profession.
With programming knowledge, students better understand the world around them
Most of us don’t know the first thing about what makes our smartphones, laptops, social media networks, and video games run. Basic programming knowledge can change the way we interact with the technologies we use (and take for granted) daily, and can open our eyes to the infinite possibilities of coding.
Computing will become even more ubiquitous in the coming decades as advances in robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to handle many parts of our daily lives including transportation, medicine, cooking, and cleaning.
You prepare yourself for success by learning computer science.
‘Future jobs’ are often listed as the main reason students should learn to code. Every company has a presence on the web so understanding how the web operates can assist employees.
Computer science also gives you a skill set that can be used to become an entrepreneur and potentially make millions of dollars. Students who gain the skills early can achieve this success at a very young age. Nick D’Aloisio, who at age 17 sold his app to yahoo for $30 million dollars, is old when compared to many successful app developers.
Coding for kids provides a number of early learning benefits
As early as age five children transform from perceiving their environment to making logical connections.
Coding helps reinforce logic through something educators call “procedural literacy.” As Mitch Resnick from Massachusetts Institute of Technology put it: “When you learn to code, you start thinking about processes in the world.” Many educators view procedural literacy as a critical 21st century skill that students must learn to be employable in the future.
Learning to code teaches you a number of life lessons.
- Learning from mistakes is vital.
- You shouldn’t fear mistakes or failure.
- Success is a scribbly line.
- Persistence pays off.
- Teamwork is important.
Technology and robotics will reshape jobs of tomorrow
By the year 2020, robotics alone will eliminate an estimated 5M jobs.
But this news is not all doom and gloom.
In today’s job market, nearly 60% of jobs in math and science are computing jobs, yet only 2% of math and science students are computer science students.
There is tremendous opportunity in tech related fields which will be nearly impossible to automate and eliminate.