Everything is easier when you’re younger. Well, for the most part. What you wear, how you choose friends, naptime. Children grasp new concepts more easily, particularly when taught in an innovative way. And when it comes to coding, there are so many benefits to kids learning to code.
We will not tell you that learning to code is so easy that a kid could do it. Because that is false. Learning to code is not easy. But a child’s mind is more of a blank slate and is more accepting of new and different ways of learning things, unlike adult ways. (The term “set in their ways” is a thing for a reason.) Kids might have an easier time grasping coding because of their nubile minds, but also because their resources for learning are fun.
But why should kids bother to learn to code? Chances are they don’t yet know what career path they want to embark on in life, so why pigeon-hole them from early?
The benefits of learning to code are not limited to career path.
Whether or not your child is precocious enough to know that s/he wants to be a programmer when s/he grows up, the indirect skills will help them in their educational and social development. Learning to code comes with different ways of thinking and approaching problems. It also has a host of other benefits:
Learning to code can teach kids how to never give up. For those of you who have taken coding classes with GDEV (or elsewhere; don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you), you know difficult it can be to solve a coding problem. But in the process you learn determination and persistence. You gain mental strength. For a child, this is a good skill to grow up with and take into the world with them.
Courage to try new things/creativity
Kids are usually more adventurous than adults. They will put various things in their mouths, speak frankly without considering consequences, and wear brave combinations of clothing. Learning to code can help heighten these traits, or instill it within the child that does not have it. By becoming familiar with computers, programming languages, and technical processes, children are more likely to reject the typical and escape to brave new worlds in the name of finding a solution.
It is impossible to fully grasp coding and programming without understand the topics in depth. And with well-rounded knowledge, kids learning to code learn to think more critically about problems and solving them. They start to understand how different pieces interact with one another to form the thing they are learning.
Learning to code teaches kids how to think like computers. Which, as you may or may not know, is very different from the way humans think. Computational thinking is “the ability to speak and structure your thinking in a way a computer understands.” This helps kids with logical, structural, and critical thinking.
Playing on the playground is cool and all. But learning to code can teach kids how to combine all these indirect/secondary skills and put them in service of larger projects with other people. This is especially important because group work is inescapable and collaboration might actually make the world a better place because it introduces them to new ways of thinking about problems.
The benefits of kids learning to code are endless. Do something nice for your kids and send them to summer camp for coding. Which one, you may ask? Why, GDEV’s youth academy. Interested? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!