Why Kids Should Know How To Code
(Regardless of Age and Career Path!)
Whether your child wants to learn the fundamentals of coding or become a programmer, the benefits of logical reasoning, factual analysis, and critical thinking will provide a strong foundation to lean on at school and in the workplace, for life.
Here’s why your child should learn to code.
1. Unlock Key Skills such as Logical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Coders often need to break down their problems into smaller, digestible pieces. When we code, we’re communicating with our computers. To do that, you need to convey your instructions with step-by-step processes. This trains your child to become clearer, logical thinkers and problem-solvers – invaluable skills that can be used for coding and for life.
Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies.Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research and Head of Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab
2. Build Grit and Creativity (lots of it!)
As a coder, your child will definitely get the opportunity to come up with something that they can proudly call their own. Learning to code means learning new things as you tackle problems. You won’t usually get it right the first time – and that’s okay. The key to success is to have the courage to keep trying and not give up!
An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children—and that includes our girls—in this critical field.Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
3. Be really adept at the big stuff. AND the small stuff too.
Train your hand-eye coordination and dexterity as you type your codes using the keyboard and navigate screens with a mouse and get a better grasp of how our everyday tech items work.
Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft
4. Train Your Brain to Think in Different Directions
Lateral, convergent, divergent thinking – learn to think in different directions with logic and creativity! Coding also helps to improve math skills and not only makes learning a lot more fun and interesting, but it also helps your child to better understand their subjects in school.
Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.Arianna Huffington, Founder, The Huffington Post
5. Set the Stage For The Future… and more!
Did you know that it is now compulsory for all upper primary students to learn to code in Singapore? It is also mandatory in Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, Finland, China, and many other countries.
In this day and age, the demand for tech skills is constantly on the rise in educational institutes and workplaces. With the skills of coding, your child will be able to keep up and stay relevant in the ever-dynamic world.