Why Should My Kids Learn To Code?
Parents often ask, “Why should my kids learn to code?” As a parent, you probably heard the top jobs in the future are in fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This “future” is already happening.
If you look at the jobs that have been booming in the last decade, it’s easy to see that there is one sector that’s here to stay: Technology!
Whether you use your smartphone or computer at work, a programmer touches your life. While computer coding skills are highly desired, the benefits of learning to code run even deeper.
According to a recent article in the Fast Company, technology and computational thinking are among the skills that will be in demand in 2025 and beyond. In addition, most coders work in teams. Learning to code in a group setting promotes a unique integration of communication, invention, creative problem solving, and technology skills.
Robotics camps combine computer coding and robotics project in an engaging team environment. Photo credit – TechVenture’s photography teacher Leila Saghafi.
The good news is that kids embrace technology! They love to move beyond using technology and into creating it. Coding allows children to explore their creative and inventive nature. An early introduction to coding allows children to learn, grow, and prepare for the future.
Best of all they have fun! A recent study found students enjoy computer science almost as much as they enjoy performing arts and visual arts programs. (Change the Equation and C+R Research conducted the study with analysis completed by Code.org).
As Steve Jobs once said; “Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” Learning to code teaches many valuable life lessons including critical thinking skills. Learning computer science may even lead children to explore math, science, music, or arts.
Benefits of Learning to Code In A Group Setting
Many think of computer coding as a solitary activity. Children and teens benefit from learning to code in a team setting. They not only learn valuable coding skills, but they learn even more valuable soft skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. The mix of high tech skills and soft skills like communication are essential in the 2025 workforce, according to Harvard University associate professor David Deming.
Kids confidence grows as they create programs and work together to solve challenging problems. Photo credit – TechVenture’s photography teacher Leila Saghafi.
Learning To Code In A Team Merges Tech & Soft Skills:
- Children develop problem solving and collaboration skills.
- They learn learn computational thinking so they grow up better understanding math, algorithms, and how to analyze data.
- Kids learn to accept mistakes and turn failure into success finding their errors, correcting them, motivated to see their creations work.
- Coding exercises creativity and imagination.
- Learning to code sets kids up for a successful future in any field whether it is STEM-related or not.
- Kids practice both sequential and critical thinking.
Engaging and age appropriate coding activities introduce children to the exciting world of STEM. Where this journey leads — the possibilities are endless. Learning coding skills opens minds, exercises creativity and prepares kids for a successful future.
How Your Child Can Begin The Adventure of Learning To Code
Summer is a perfect time for kids to get a jump start on coding! Summer STEM program and coding camps offer an engaging and immersive introduction to coding.
Continue the adventure by seeking out community coding workshops at your nearby library or after-school code clubs.
Short Video From Code.org on the Skill Most Schools Don’t Teach
This short video from code.org highlights the value in learning to code. Business, arts and tech leaders agree the skills involved with coding help children, teens and adults meet their potential. The film features Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi.