What are the benefits of learning coding for kids?
Coding can really trigger and encourage your child’s desire and ability to combine their sense of logic with their intuition. Kids instantly see it as a tool for testing their creative stream of “what happens if I do this?” questions and ideas.
When your child is learning to code with their computer, robot, tablet or other screen, it’s not just idle screen time. It’s an active engagement and developing activity that, in the process, teaches them valuable life skills:
- Language Skills
Did you know that learning the languages and patterns of computer code, such as HTML, is very similar to learning a different language? The skills your child learns from coding can be directly applied to breaking down grammar rules and syntax of other languages!
- Organizational and Problem-Solving Skills
When you lift an arm to raise a glass of milk to your mouth, you do it without thinking about HOW you do it. As kids try to program the actions of a robot or a computer program or game, they learn to identify all the small steps that, when combined, create the bigger journey. They learn to anticipate obstacles, find creative shortcuts or add unexpected details that improve the experience. We can’t promise that if they successfully get a robot to lift a glass of milk today they’ll send a rocket to Mars in 20 years, but they can definitely have fun trying!
- Curiosity, Creativity and Confidence
Kids can make villains’ lairs, rockets or doll houses out of cardboard box and crayons. Imagine what they can do with code! Kids find creative ways to use what they have to build something new. If they want to program a play list, make a LEGO® animal or robot come to life, or even design a new game, they can use the building blocks of code to create their own unique toys, gadgets or engaging stories to play out with friends. That’s a pretty great feeling.
- Stronger Future with STEM
Whether your child wants to be a doctor, drive big trucks, be a chef or create art, chances are they’ll be working with one or more of the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering or math. They don’t need to be experts at STEM – just learning the basics of coding can give them a much deeper understanding of the technologies they’ll be working with as well as the tools they need to help improve processes and workloads in their field.