There’s no question that coding is an essential skill for many current and future careers. Lots of kids who learn to code now will go on to continue programming in their grown-up jobs.
But even kids who don’t aspire to be professional coders can benefit from learning to code. We’ve got five reasons why all kids should get some coding experience.
- Coding helps kids develop problem-solving skills.
Kids get a thrill from the simple act of making a computer DO something. The way they can achieve this is coding. It takes some effort to learn HOW to give the computer instructions for specific results, but researching, coupled with some trial-and-error, can usually get them there.
This sort of sleuthing isn’t limited to coding, of course. Flexing their problem-solving muscles at Game-U prepares kids for logical thinking in other areas, and that’s an excellent skill to develop.
- Kids who code develop resilience.
If only all written code worked correctly the first time…
Since that’s pretty rare, you can bet that our students get lots of chances to find their programming errors, figure out how to fix them, and keep at it until they reach the result they’re after. It’s a useful lesson in resilience and learning from your mistakes.
- Coding encourages a logical approach to communication, which boosts both written and verbal skills.
Technically speaking, learning to code is like learning a brand new language. Students often collaborate, share solutions, or interact with the instructor in the quest to complete their code, which strengthens their verbal skills. And when students document their projects, they also get practice with writing. That’s a win-win in our book.
- Learning to code builds confidence.
This is a big one.
A few months ago, one of our young Open House attendees saw a demo that captured her interest. She didn’t know anything about coding and had no typing skills yet, but she was intrigued by the idea of re-creating what she’d seen at the demo. So she signed up for a class.
After a few months at Game-U, this student is not only a better typist, but she’s also got more confidence in her abilities, which can spill over into other areas of her life.
Another student who wanted to earn enough XP points to win the coveted Pig prize completed five badges in one class, which is no easy feat. The cool part was seeing his own reaction to his hard work, focus, and resilience: he was so impressed with himself! And yes, he earned the Pig. 🙂
The confidence factor can be especially powerful for kids who don’t excel in sports. Coding gives them something to master, along with the satisfaction students feel when they overcome challenges. When kids know they can “tame a wild computer,” the world opens up with possibilities.
- Coding introduces a whole new outlet for creativity.
Creativity comes in many forms, including art, writing, and music. Often, when a student wants to achieve a particular programming result, they must think outside the box to find options, sparking those creative ideas. Coding can even allow students to incorporate art, writing, and music into their creations, making it the ultimate form of expression!
We’ve seen first-hand the transformations that occur when kids are empowered with the knowledge to create the outcomes THEY choose. And we’re excited to help even more students gain that confidence through our classes.