Apple tycoon, Steve Jobs, insisted 20 years ago that “Everyone should learn how to programme a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” Learning to code has become the norm for children. Many parents hope that educating their children to code will position them well for high paid jobs later in life – even if they are not exactly sure what it is.
Every industry is being transformed by computer science, and graduates are in high demand, so it has never been more critical to introduce computer science to children and prepare them for the future, as thought by Sally-Ann Williams.
So, what are the benefits of Coding Club for your son?
Learning the basics
Coding clubs help children to learn the basic inner workings of computers. It allows children to become comfortable with computers and manage technology in their everyday lives to benefit them in the future.
Develops computational thinking
Computational thinking is the ability to communicate your thoughts in a structured and logical way. In coding, it is a combination of advanced mathematics, algorithm development and logic. Coding teaches your son to break down a problem into single action steps, managing each step in the most efficient way possible.
It promotes ‘out of the box’ creative thinking. Code is developed, in most part, to solve a problem. Children are encouraged to look at it like you would telling a story – there is a logical beginning, a progression and end to the story/program. The skills that coding provides, helps children in their written and oral communication at school.
The reality is none of us know what our sons’ careers will look like, but we do know that they will need to be literate in technology to be competitive. Currently coding specialists are well-paid and highly sought after with opportunities expanding in the future.
Each year, we run a Year 8 and 9 Coding Camp at Christ Church Grammar School and teachers who accompany students on this camp are always impressed by the students’ enthusiasm, creativity and passion. Learn how your son can get involved.