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Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Kids Coding Is Fun And Rewarding

Garima was like any other middle school kid who thought sitting at a computer and typing stuff would be boring.

But now she is a rising star at Yale!

Garima never tried coding until she was in sophomore year of high school. But when she reflects back on her high school years, she feels she should have started learning to code much earlier!

As a mentor at Girls Who Code chapter at Westwood, Garima wants kids to understand that coding is actually fun and rewarding too.

Read about Garima’s journey through learning to code, in her own words.

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Is Your Child Prepared to Work on Driverless Cars?

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.

The Promise of Learning to Code – Spoon University Story

The Promise of Learning to Code - Spoon University Story

Last weekend, CodeWizardsHQ sponsored a Hackathon in Austin. Austin Mayor Steve Adler was at the event to give a keynote and announce the winners.

He shared an interesting personal story. A story that shows the promise learning to code has for our children.

His said that his third daughter had a business idea while in high school. Without knowing how to code, she didn’t have the skills to bring her idea to life.

She enrolled in a course and learnt to code. Step-by-step she brought that idea to life. Her company is called spoonuniversity.com. It now employs 20 people. She is the co-founder and CTO.

He said, “Her company is getting buyout offers putting her in a very good place at the age of 24”.

No one can guarantee our children a specific outcome as a result of learning something.

But we want to avoid this for our children: They had a brilliant idea and it never came to life just because they didn’t know how to code.

Coding Classes for Kids: Listings in 25+ Cities. Find One Near You.

coding classes for kids

In the swirling world of technology, most parents know and they want coding classes for kids.

But some parents still construe learning to code as becoming a programmer. While it may be true for a few kids, attending programming classes early in life develops many skills that don’t necessarily develop through the traditional education system.

To understand this better, check out our article 5 Educational Leaders Share the Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code.

To make things easier, here we’ve carefully listed coding classes for kids (based on cities) for those of you who are hunting for good programming classes for kids.

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5 Educational Leaders Share The Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code

5 Educational Leaders Share The Most Important Benefit of Learning to Code

Kids should learn to code because certain benefits of coding help to build a foundational shift that is much needed in today’s world of technology.

Whether we read our favorite book, make our shopping list (remember our dear Alexa?), or talk to our friends (yes, I mean Whatsapp!), we use software apps. These apps enable us to do everything in a more fun-filled way.

We all realize that in future more products and services will be software-enabled. Explicably, this is causing a higher demand for technical skills in almost every professional field. And as a result, we can see that Computer Science is infiltrating many streams of the college education.

But if kids learn to code, they get several other benefits also.

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To fully understand the benefits of coding for kids (other than landing a high paying job), we asked many educational leaders one question:

What would you say is the single most important benefit of a child learning to code?

Here is what we learned.

Carol L. Fletcher, Ph.D.,

Deputy Director, Center for STEM Education
The University of Texas @ Austin

learn to code“Coding is uniquely beneficial for students because it combines two kinds of learning experiences that are often separate in traditional schooling.  Systematic problem solving, logical thinking, and iterative design principles can be paired with creativity and a student ownership when kids use coding to create projects that have meaning to them personally. Coding by its nature forces students to try, fail, and try again, thus helping kids become critical thinkers with the grit and commitment to persevere because they are motivated by the opportunity to create something truly personal and social at the same time.”

 

Kevin Schwartz

Technology Officer for Learning and Systems
Austin Independent School District

benefits of coding
In one word, kids can learn “Empathy”.   It might seem counter-intuitive, but coding is very much about cause and effect.  It requires an understanding of how others will act, interact, and react to the program that is created.  There can be a strong connection to human values.”

 

Dr. Shawnterra Moore

Superintendent
South San Francisco Unified School District

benefits of coding

“It opens other doors for students who know how to code and helps them so they become more comfortable with problem solving and finding new ways to approach and tackle complex problems.”

 

 

Tricia Berry

DIRECTOR, WOMEN IN ENGINEERING PROGRAM
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS @AUSTIN

benefits of coding“Coding can help children learn the power of persistence. When a child codes, experiences challenges or failures, problem solves, tries again, perhaps fails again and again, and then eventually persists and succeeds, she gains confidence in her abilities and is more likely to embrace the growth mindset. Being able to persist through challenges and to believe you can figure it out are critical in STEMand life!

 

Lannon Heflin

director of instructional technology
round rock INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

benefits of coding“Students of all ages benefit from learning the foundations of code because the logic, reasoning and computational thinking required translates into better performance in other academic areas. Just like algebraic thinking improves one’s capacity to process and learn new information, the process of assembling code logically to achieve a result requires higher cognitive skills which must be developed with practice. And since most children enjoy apps and games, motivating them to practice these skills is much easier.”

 

These thoughts from our education experts definitely hammer down one argument – we need to equip our kids with proper coding skills by the time they reach college. But, it’s more important to realize that if kids learn to code, they develop skills that cannot be taught through the traditional education system.

One of the biggest benefits of learning how to code is that kids learn how to blend imagination and creation. Coding allows our little dreamers to be entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. It allows them to bring their ideas into reality by writing the software.

It’s not to say that everyone needs to be an entrepreneur. But being entrepreneurial in attitude and approach to whatever you do, should be the way of life. This is what we need to teach our kids too.

All these essential skills, which are instilled through learning programming at an early age, will ultimately open up more opportunities for our children. They will definitely have the edge to thrive in the future.

What do you think?

6 Charts Every Parent Should See

6 Charts Every Parent Should See

Here are 6 charts all middle school parents should see. The charts are backed by data from reputed sources like the Brookings Institution, College Board, National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gallup and more.

All middle school parents will find that these charts collectively reflect the kind of world our kids will be graduating into.

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1. Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the United States.

We also see that the computing jobs are infiltrating in every field of study. Their growth is projected at twice the rate of all other jobs. This means that we, as parents, need to prepare our children with computing skills.

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2. 71% of STEM jobs are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in computing.

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3. The lifetime earnings of a computer science graduate are 40% more than a regular college graduate

With computer science skills permeating in every field of study, this gap will increase further!

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4. You want your daughter to start computer science early.

The diversity problem persists over time. This happens is because although 91% of girls are aware of computer science, only 44% say they are willing to try it. This is similar for minorities — 53% of blacks and 54% of Hispanics are open to trying it.

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5. Students enjoy computer science more than we think.

Out of several academic disciplines, here we see that students actually enjoy computer science. Surprising?

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6. Most middle school parents want their child to learn computer science, but schools don’t teach it yet.

While most middle school parents do realize the importance of learning programing skills starting at school level, they do not have access to a structured coding curriculum. You can either check out our curriculum or check out the carefully curated list of 19 websites that introduce coding to kids.

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Teaching Programming To Kids In New Ways

Teaching Programming To Kids In New Ways

Teaching programming to kids may seem very intimidating, especially when there are so many websites that encourage and introduce coding to kids.

Recently, there was an amazing article about how many parents want to teach programming to kids. But unlike reading to your children or teaching them to count, preparing children to code can feel daunting and unnatural.

The article goes on to explain ways in which parents can prepare themselves and spend time with their children and teach programming to kids. It is not as daunting as it first seems.

You can get the full article here.

But, we realize it is hard. You need a lot of time, a willingness to learn coding and the patience to teach it. Some parents might not have the luxury of that. In that case, explore if CodeWizardsHQ’s might be a solution for your needs.

 

How Coding Is Infiltrating Everywhere! [Video]

How Coding Is Infiltrating Everywhere!

The below video makes a compelling case on how computer science (CS) is finding its way into every aspect of life. Coding skills have become necessary in every field.

As a result, Northwestern Univesity is doing a $165M expansion of their computer science department. And they are versioning out computer science courses for the various subjects – CS for Journalism, CS for Art, CS for Engineering etc.

The key message is this – Whatever field your child gets into, a solid background in coding will set them apart, provide them an edge and give them the skills to thrive.

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19 Coding Websites for Kids: Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

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We’ve all know that we need to teach kids to code.

We’re surrounded by tech. Our children need to understand how tech works so that they are more than just consumers of technology. And, coding is where the jobs will be.

But the question remains, how to make sure our children learn coding.

One path is to use a website that teaches kids to code, but which one?

Here’s a age wise list of sites that teach kids to code. These 19 coding websites for kids are organized by age. The list includes both paid and free resources to give you some ideas.

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