If you have been looking for a good coding program for your child, you might be wondering what to look for.
Here are the most important things to look for if your child is to learn meaningful coding skills over time, while enjoying the whole process.
Coding is a hard subject to learn by themselves, unless your child is exceptionally motivated and disciplined. All the self-paced video courses help with the initial few steps, but as soon as your child gets stuck, there is no one to help. And that is when most students get frustrated and give up. If the classes are taught by an experience instructor, they can help answer your child’s question, get them unstuck and keep them moving forward.
Preparing our children for future is to prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet.
One area that will open up some very interesting jobs and careers over the next 10-15 years is driverless cars.
And, driverless cars is mostly software.
Last week, I met this interesting team that demonstrated the core construct of driverless cars. Even though they are doing it for educational purposes, it explained the core idea pretty well.
The car is basically taking pictures and sending sensory information to a computer. After computation, the computer sends information back to the car on how it should move.
It is a Python program that does all the computations on the information received and converts it back to usable commands to be sent back to the car.
If you think about it, bulk of the challenges on making this reliably work is all in the software.
If your son or daughter would like to work on driverless cars, it is more likely they would be working on software. Even if they work on hardware parts of the project, it is impossible to be effective without understanding software.
There in lies the need and the promise of getting our children to learn to code.