Coding For Young Students – The Next Big thing
Why should we teach coding at a young age?
Around the world, students from elementary school and up are increasingly acquiring basic coding skills. Governments, educators and tech industry advocates argue that a basic understanding of coding and how electronic devices actually work is crucial nowadays. This is important for the students’ future career but also to their countries economy and tech industry.
Coding can seem intimidating or boring but if taught at a young age these assumptions can be disparaged and students can realize how creative this field is. Coding help develop problem solving skills, logical thinking, persistence, collaboration, communication and is a real empowering activity.
The earlier we introduce children to coding, the more comfortable they will be when coding will be introduced later down the line at a higher level.
What does leading people in the industry say?
Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.
Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.
Musician/The Black Eyed Peas and Entrepreneur
Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.
Founder, Virgin Group
Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities. I learned how to fly a hot air balloon when I was 30,000 feet up and my life was in the balance: you can learn skills at any age but why wait when we can teach everyone to code now!
Why teach coding with a robot?
A robot is a mechanical device that can be programmed to follow a set of instructions. A robot includes a processing unit, sensors to perceive its environment, and motors and actuators to move its limbs or wheels. So, why teach coding with a robot? It makes coding even more fun! It makes coding less abstract, you actually see the result of what you coded in the real world. On the way, students learn some science, engineering and math.
Robots are already part of everyday life, but over the coming decades we will see them more and more, therefore the robotics field will continue to grow and increase in job prospects.
Why teach coding with Sense?
Sense is a robotic and computer programming system which allows users to explore, problem solve, and advance their computer programming abilities from just starting in visual block programming, to Python and C languages.
The sense platform can be expanded by over 45 different NeuLog sensors so that you can create solutions and codes the world has never thought of for any problem you try to overcome.
Students can program the Sense via the “RoblocklySense” programming platform which runs through your browser. It is very friendly and it is easy to create and run robotics programs.
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