Why Should Your Child Learn to Code?
There are lots of reasons why.
Which of the following fits with how you feel or what you’re looking for?
Feel that your child always has their face in a screen but that it’s just not productive?
Does your child love tech but isn’t sure where to start with coding?
Have you heard the buzz about coding being the must-have skill of the 21st century?
Looking for something new and creative for your child to try?
Looking to boost your child’s career prospects?
Think that coding could help your child’s learning in other areas of the school curriculum?
Does your child love gadgets? Would they spend every waking hour glued to a screen? Do you ever feel they’re living in a digital world as passive consumers?
We love tech too, but we like digital making not just digital consuming. We think technology is great for helping children become independent, thoughtful, creative, inventive problem solvers.
Let’s use some of that screen time for doing something useful. Making. Creating. Learning.
The demand around the world for people who can develop software is huge.
In Scotland alone there are currently estimated to be around 64,000 vacancies in digital tech, with an estimated 11,000 new jobs predicted until 2020. Think this growth will slow down? Neither do we.
Careers in tech can be rewarding, innovative and highly paid.
Your child may not know what they want to be ‘when they grow up’ but equipping them with tech skills could open the door for them to a world of amazing career opportunities.
The ‘Must-have’ Skill of the 21st Century
You may have read that coding is the ‘must have’ skill of the 21st century, one that’s just as important as the ability to read and write and do maths. And that without it your child will be left behind.
We think that’s baloney.
Those who can write code will continue to have lots of career possibilities, but not everyone will need to be a programmer. Or even be able to read code. Honest.
What coding does develop (apart from the obvious tech skills) are other skills that are really useful in other contexts, be that in education or other areas of life.
Coders need to be able to analyse complex problems, and solve problems by breaking them down into manageable chunks.
Coders learn to communicate clearly (both to the computer and to other people).
Coders learn to focus, pay attention to the detail and be patient.
Coders learn to be self-directed self-learners.
How does that sound for a useful set of life skills?
Think of coding as a type of abstract Lego.
Coding encourages experimentation, exploration, trying things out. It thrives on those ‘What if…?’ questions.
It helps develop ‘whole brain’ thinking, combining analytical / logical and artistic / imaginative thinking.
Using code your child can create animation, art, music, synthesizers, interactive wearable jewellery, multimedia stories, robots, voice-controlled personal assistants, nature spycams… The list is limitless.
We can help your child unleash their creativity and make incredible things with code.