We asked the team of MyCode for their insights on a new trend: Teaching coding to young kids, around 7-12 years old. While this might seem too young, others argue that all innovations of the future would depend on knowing how to code.
As further proof, they asked us to think of the recent game-changing businesses that have emerged this century: All of them app-based, such as Uber or Grab, Air bNb, Facebook and so on. The earlier the better, they say. Below are some more of their thoughts.
Coding, also called Computer Programming, is the way in which we communicate with machines—to tell them “what” tasks they’re supposed to do, and also “how” to do those tasks. From your personal computer to your smartphone, code is in the center of it all, running small tasks like sending text messages, to running larger tasks like playing complex games.
Learning how to code at an early age can be beneficial in multiple ways. For one, many business/career paths have some aspect of technology integration, and that’s only growing.
This also gives young students a head start on getting into some of the most in demand and highest paying jobs projected in the future such as mobile programmers, data scientists, and software engineers.
Furthermore, coding complements and applies subjects being taught in any regular curriculum such as math and geometry.
That being said, not everyone will eventually become a computer programmer, and that’s okay.
Learning how to code still teaches you how to think critically, and how to navigate through complex problems. These skills will remain valuable no matter what career path someone decides to take.
Inquirer Academy, in partnership with MyCode, will offer a “Coding for Kids” Workshop designed for children aged 7-12 years old.
The workshop will be held on April 29 and May 6 at the Inquirer Academy.