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At Inspirit AI, we believe every kid should learn to code.
For decades, classrooms around the world have taught students skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity – the 4C’s of 21st Century Learning.
These 21st century skills prepare students for life outside of the classroom, including:
With the rise of new technologies and careers, coding is a 21st century skill that stands out.
Beyond preparing students for future jobs, coding also helps foster a lifelong passion for learning.
Mitch Resnick, creator of Scratch block-based programming, said,
“When you learn through coding, [you’re] coding to learn. You’re learning it in a meaningful context, and that’s the best way of learning things."
Let’s take a look at our top 5 reasons why every kid should learn to code.
Learning how to code teaches kids computational thinking.
Computational thinking is another one of those 21st century skills that we hear about more and more in education.
But what exactly is computational thinking?
Computational thinking is “thinking (or problem solving) like a computer scientist” (CMU).
Computational thinking consists of breaking down problems into smaller steps or tasks – a skill that is useful in every discipline.
For example, lawyers use logic skills, like computational thinking, to break down arguments into smaller points.
Not all students will choose to become computer scientists.
But every student can apply computational thinking to their disciplines – from performing arts to healthcare to sustainability.
Coding projects always start with a problem – from programming a brand new idea to fixing a broken system.
In order to develop a solution, programmers must break down these problems into smaller, manageable tasks.
By learning how to code, students will be introduced to this critical part of the problem-solving process.
While kids are programming, they may encounter “bugs” (or mistakes) in their code.
Kids must then test their solutions until they work.
Students will try and try again.
And these problem-solving skills can then be transferred to solving problems in real life!
In addition to these critical academic skills, coding also supports students’ social emotional needs.
For example, coding helps kids develop perseverance.
While kids “debug” their code, they have to have patience to persevere.
Oftentimes, the first fix will not solve the problem, and students will need to repeat the debugging process until their code finally works.
Coding also helps kids build self-confidence.
While learning how to program, students will set goals and achieve them – a great strategy for promoting self-confidence!
Lifelong learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge” (mba.com).
Lifelong learners are curious – always reading new books, developing new skills, and discovering new ideas.
In education, we hope to foster a love of learning in students so that they will continue to learn beyond their years in school.
As our world continues to change more rapidly, kids need to become lifelong learners, ready to adapt and solve unexpected problems.
Learning to code provides kids with a toolkit to become lifelong learners.
Coding skills are in high demand in the job market – and not just in the technology industry.
Artificial intelligence (or AI) is transforming our entire world, from technology to jobs to human interaction. For example:
Computer scientists predict that artificial intelligence will be even more prominent in the future.
Coding will have a direct impact on every industry – not just tech!
By learning about AI at an early age, kids can better understand how to apply this tool to improve the world.
For these five reasons (and many more!), our team at Inspirit AI believes that every kid should learn to code.
Everyone in this country should learn how to program because it teaches you how to think. - Steve Jobs
Now that we have shared why every kid should learn to code, you might be wondering: What’s next?
We have some ideas for how kids can get started with coding.
Thank you for reading this blog post about our top five reasons why every kid should learn to code! If you liked this blog post, you might also like our post with 5 coding project ideas for kids.
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