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Why Should Children Learn Programming?

Posted by Mark Stansell on Jun 19, 2018 1:26:37 PM
Mark Stansell

We have taken a few myths about programming and computer science in general and busted them. 

Myth: Computer programming is super hard.
Busted: We make programming easy for even young children by making it fun!

Myth: Computer programming is boring - all that typing.
Busted: We introduce the world of programming through drag and drop coding.

Myth: Young kids won't WANT to code.
Busted: We utilize children's affinity for video games and art to motivate them to learn coding - they end up coding their own video games and artistic creations.

Myth: Not all kids are natural programmers.
Busted: Programming is just like math or art, anyone can learn it - even young children.

Myth: My children are learning coding in school.
Busted: There are very few schools these days that are teaching coding in an appropriate manner. Most schools are hyperfocused on test prep - as the state funding is contingent on it.

Myth: My children can learn coding when they get older.
Busted: Like any language, coding is best learned when children are young. While it is true that older kids should be working with more complex languages, beginning with drag and drop coding is a great way to introduce new programmers to the world of coding.

Myth: Programming is not that valuable a tool.
Busted: Today's work force requires that nearly everyone be able to code at some level. In 2015 there were more than 7 million job openings created that required coding skills. Programming jobs are growing 12% faster than the market average.

Tags: stem education, learning, coding, computer programming, programming

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