The world twenty years from now is going to be very different from what we see today. More so, there has been a gradual shift in the teaching and learning process in the past few years. Education is no longer limited to four walls of a classroom and some exam results. What is making a difference is the knowledge of practical living skills that can be applied in everyday life today.
Computer science is one such field of skill-based education. Coding is an aspect of computer science that adopts to be a “newly emerging literacy.” It is something that will play a critical role in the job market in the coming times.
However, there are more jobs in the field than qualified personnel to perform them. As parents and educators, it becomes our responsibility to generate interest and curiosity among the young minds for computer-based and practical learning.
Why is it important for children to learn to code?
The world today needs learners to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Children with innovative ideas and creativity will not only have the autonomy to make the right decisions but also, independence, financially speaking. Hence, coding is one such opportunity for young spirits to achieve that milestone.
Coding, simply put, is another language
What better way to learn about technology than to speak it? Children are fast learners, and therefore, it is best to teach them new concepts at an early age. Coding is such a language that will foster logical thinking in them.
Like different alphabets form different words, unique sets of alphabets consisting of 0’s and 1’s provide technical direction to perform computer-based activities. Coding augments our capabilities to communicate with machines and be able to program them to our society’s needs.
Fosters creativity and mathematical skills
Creativity is often a process and not a product. Experimenting with digits can strengthen the brain activity of the children and enhance creativity. Even if they make a mistake, they still come up with something new.
Learning to code can assist children in applying mathematical concepts to real-world scenarios. It can help them to visualize abstract concepts and make math fun and engaging.
Bright problem solvers
Children can become better at planning and organizing their thoughts when they learn to code. Once they develop their coding skills, they also grasp and pick up other skills quickly.
Coding can also give direction to their thoughts, which can improve their literacy about technology and practical world functions. These skills prepare them to deal with upcoming challenges and resolve them without worrying.
An educational robot adds fun!
While coding is fun, one cannot hold a child’s attention for more than ten minutes to teach them a whole set of codes. However, an educational robot can make this learning process an entertaining game.
Some robots come in the form of online free apps, where kids can tap on emojis and other icons to program a sequence of commands for the robots to follow. Others come with physical code cards, where the children have to arrange sequences, loops, and conditionals to assign commands to it. Another educational robot comes with a remote controller where children need to input codes to control the direction the robot moves in.
At Colmakers, we invented Kini, an educational robot, inspired by the exponential growth of the technology so we can empower children on how to code at the same exponential pace. Kini connects to the Internet and continuously keeps up-to-date with the newest technologies in such a way children get the last tech-knowledge available.
There are many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) toys that can encourage children to learn through real-world applications. One can gradually put their child’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills to test and, at the same time, make the process fun.
Coding is one of the most fun learning activities, owing to education robots and their programming sequences. It not only keeps the children engaged but also makes them learn new things outside the four walls of the classroom.