What do you think when you hear the word “coding”?
Published : Jan 13, 2019
The most common image that might pop in the average person’s head would be a bunch of tech geniuses, typing at the speed of lightening what seems to be a growing chunk of computer gibberish. Well, the reality isn’t even remotely that intimidating. Anyone can code given the proper education, just like with any other language.
Another notion that you might think of is the urgency of learning how to code, which has become the talk of the town as of late. And they’re not wrong. Everyone should know how to code. This is especially crucial for kids and adolescents; we’ll tell you why.
Before we get into the reasons, let’s talk about what exactly coding is and its prominence in everyday life. Whatever you did today, be sure that coding was involved.
That text message you just sent on WhatsApp?
The alarm that woke you up this morning?
The link you just clicked to read this blog?
Guess what? All are possible thanks to coding.
Think of programming as the individual personality of any device. An electronic gadget’s functions are based on its creator’s instructions, and coding is the language through which she/he communicates with the device in order to tell it what to do. Without a complete source code, your laptop would just be an idle prop.
Now, let’s talk about the reason why you’re reading this article: Why is it especially important for your kids/teenagers to learn coding?
We’ll start with the numbers: There are a bunch of statistics about STEAM and coding that have been “breaking the internet” since 2017. The one which struck us the most was on a MESA article, which stated that 71% of all new jobs in STEAM are computer-science based, but only 8% of STEM graduates had majored in computing. On that note, the first reason to why the youth should learn how to code is a given.
Today’s job market is burning in demand for coders. The need for programming skills is not a conversation anymore; it’s become a reality. Businesses are scrutinizing their applicants based on their computing skills and experience, because most existing jobs require coding as one of the most essential qualifications. Whether your child wants to be a pilot, a theatre producer, a social activist, or a fashion designer, no field is off the hook. If the job market were a battle, coding would be your child’s sword and armor.
Apart from the programming skills in themselves, coding will add value to other aspects of your child’s life as well. At its core, coding is a language of its own. So, the benefits which come with being a coder are equivalent to the ones which come with being multilingual: Programming enhances communication skills, creativity, and self-expression. It also significantly helps children improve their logical skills and solve problems with ease and patience. The trial and error process which comes with writing codes will polish your child’s resilience and bring out the non-quitter in her/him.
Last but not least, programming can be enjoyable and highly fulfilling for kids and adolescents. When children write their own code, they’re creating their own thing; something that belongs to them and reflects their identities. Whether your child creates an online game or an application, it’ll be super rewarding to do the work then see it come to life; it also helps foster determination and commitment to getting optimal results.
If you’re thinking that it’s too early for your child to get into the sophisticated field of programming, we’re here to assure you that the earlier they do, the better it is for them when they’re older. Geek Express implements edu-tech methods that are specifically tailored for kids in order to make coding easy-going and fun-tastic!
Put simply, coding is the driving force of the future, and if you get your kids on this train, you’re preparing them in ways that will stay with them throughout their entire professional (and personal!) lives.
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