- Automation could eliminate 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030. Many companies have replaced humans with robots.
- 16 EU countries have integrated coding training into their national or regional curricula.
- In 2020, computer programming will be made a compulsory subject in the Japanese primary schools.
- 10 countries considered coding as a main priority in their national curriculum.
- More information here: INFOGRAPHIC: Coding at school — How do EU countries compare?
BENEFITS OF LEARNING PROGRAMMING AT YOUNG AGE
KIDS LEARN COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
When learning how to code, children develop cognitive skills and learn a methodical, problem-solving process that resembles a computer. The process involves using abstractions and pattern recognition to represent the problem in new and different ways, logically organizing and analyzing data, breaking the problem down into smaller parts, identifying and creating the steps needed to solve the problem, running the procedures, analyzing the results, and determining if the results yielded an acceptable answer. Computational thinking can be applied to other situations aside from coding, as it is a way of thinking that solves practical problems. Register for our programming courses today!
KIDS LEARN TO USE LOGIC
Logical thinking is required for coding. It consists of formulating step by step procedures to produce a desired outcome. It involves using expressions, selection, iteration, conditional and other logical statements and sentences.
KIDS LEARN PROBLEM SOLVING
Coding teaches kids to break down complex problems into components. This problem-solving technique is transferable to a lot of other fields. For example, scientists solve problems by forming hypotheses and systematically testing these hypotheses one by one. Car mechanics diagnose car problems by replacing one part at a time to isolate the problem part. In coding, a programmer figures out bugs by generating intelligent hypotheses and tweaking parts of his code one component at a time to test which one solves the problem.
KIDS LEARN HOW THINGS WORK, AND CREATE THINGS THAT WORK
Coding teaches kids how to build, using cause and effect to make things work, and adapt them for his specific purpose.
KIDS LEARN TO ANTICIPATE AND AVOID PROBLEMS
In programming, kids learn how to “handle errors”, that is, anticipate problems that will probably emerge, and writing the correct codes that will prevent the entire program to crash when the error happens.
KIDS LEARN STRUCTURAL THINKING
Kids learn how to build small pieces to add up to the solution.
KIDS LEARN ALGORITHMIC THINKING
Algorithmic thinking is the ability to define clear steps to solve a problem or solving a task. It involves computational concepts like repetition, sequencing, and conditional logic. Kids use algorithm all the time, without even knowing it, especially with math (like solving long division problems) and science. Algorithmic thinking enables kids to break down problems and think of solutions as step-by-step procedure.
KIDS LEARN PERSEVERANCE
Kids learn to persist if what they are creating is not working. They are compelled to analyze what is not working, why it is not working, and figure out how to correct it until it works.