Why Kids Need to Learn to Code

We are very proud and excited to be hosting the first Code Avengers Code Camp in Australia at Kilvington in the September holidays, but what is code and why should we encourage our children to learn it?

What is Code?

Code (for example html, css, javascript, perl) tells computers what to do in the form of step-by-step commands.

Why is learning code important?

Research has suggested that learning code has a similar positive affect on the brain as learning a musical instrument or a foreign language. Students develop a computational way of thinking as coding combines maths, logic and algorithms. Students learn problem-solving skills by taking  large problems and breaking them down into smaller manageable steps. This increases their analytical and critical thinking abilities.

Code isn’t just used to create video-games, it powers the digital world. Every website, app and computer program uses some form of code. Even microwaves! By 2020 it is estimated that computer science will be one of the largest employment sectors in the world. Code is considered the literacy of the 21st century and by encouraging our children to learn code, not only are we preparing them for future careers, but are also giving them the tools to understand the world around them.

 “Don’t just play on your phone…program it” Barack Obama

How young can kids begin to learn code?

The UK is leading the way in this area and has added learning code to the national curriculum for children as young as 5. There are some excellent free iPad apps and websites that encourage even very young children to participate.

Here are some for you and your children to try.

Hopscotch-App

Hopscotch App

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopscotch

A visual introduction to coding aimed at kids 8-12 years old.

 

Scratch-Coding-website

Scratchwebsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children aged 8-16 can program and share interactive media such as stories, games and animation with people from all over the world. Scratch was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

Remember! There is still time to sign your child up to Code Camp at Kilvington. Book your spot here.