How Coding Benefits Children's Future
With all the technological advancements over the years, the ability to code is becoming increasingly important. There should be no surprise why STEAM is becoming an essential part of school curriculums. There are so many benefits of coding that go beyond using a computer. Grab a cup of coffee and let's talk about it.
Computer programming promotes logical thinking.
Have you heard of decomposition? Coding requires logical thinking and teaches children how to tackle complex problems by breaking them down into more minor issues that are easier to manage and solve. Even if children never become professional computer programmers or software engineers, they benefit from learning to think this way.
Learning to code nurtures a student’s creativity.
Coding is all about creating something new. How cool would it be to be able to design your own video game? With coding knowledge, kids can create projects that they love. By learning how to code, students learn to maximize their creativity and how to come up with ideas to solve their problems. It is an essential skill that stretches far beyond a computer.
When students learn how to code, they develop persistence.
Perseverance is not an easy trait to teach, especially to a child. However, it is an important skill to have in life. We don’t want children to give up when they encounter a problem or obstacle; we want them to keep going. Coding teaches children persistence that to solve their problems, they must keep going, coming up with different solutions until they have the right one.
Coding helps to develop resilience.
Much like persistence, resilience is not something you can teach. As such, kids need to experience to develop these skills. A great benefit of learning to code is that children learn to build resilience through troubleshooting. When they hit a wall, they need to find a solution. If the first solution doesn’t work, they try another and another until they find a fix. Resilience is a highly sought-after skill.
Learning to code can improve a child’s communication skills.
Learning to code is like learning a new language. Sure, it may not be Spanish or Italian, but learning to code uses some of the same skills we develop when we learn a new language. When we learn a new language, we become better communicators. Why? We need to know how to break things down to speak. It is the same with coding. Computers only understand instructions when they are written in a simple, easy-to-follow language that the computer understands. Coding helps to develop that skill.
Children improve their structural thinking when learning to code.
When students learn how to code, they develop structural thinking. They know how to build something significant from many other smaller pieces. This helps kids to understand not just computer programs but also allows kids to see the big picture when they are given any task made up of small parts.
Coding helps children with problem-solving.
We all encounter problems on a day-to-day basis. Some are small and easy to solve, and some are larger, more complex, and difficult. Through coding, children learn to think and learn about different situations that are not the norm. They learn to analyze options and have to come up with a way to solve any challenges they come across. These problem-solving skills greatly benefit their daily lives and can help them solve real-life situations.
Coding improves students’ math skills.
Math skills are necessary when learning to code, but students need not be math geniuses to learn computer programming. It just means that as they learn how to code, they will pick up the skills required to solve math problems along the way. Coding requires solving real problems, not doing a worksheet full of math equations, so they gain real experience, which helps them improve their math skills.
Coding gives students satisfaction.
Solving a problem is a satisfying feeling. When children learn to code and see results, it helps them to become more determined to see more. There is nothing better than seeing a child proud of a particular challenge or project that they have completed.
Coding helps kids learn to learn.
Generally, when children learn in a classroom, a teacher teaches a particular subject. With coding, children can experiment and discover themselves. Experimenting with code allows children to understand that sometimes the answers are not always straightforward, and sometimes there is more than one answer to a particular problem.
Coding is learning, disguised in fun.
Learning through having fun is the best way to learn; yes, coding can be fun! While coding, children won’t realize the skills they are gaining.