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Learn to Code: 10 Benefits of Programming for Kids
Programming is a fun, multidisciplinary activity that actively stimulates the mind and has many other benefits for children. Did you know that it promotes creativity, logical thinking and the ability to concentrate in children? Here are our top 10 benefits kids should learn to code based on, based on our empirical experience as well as available scientific evidence.
Around the world schools, educational organizations, governments, and extracurricular centers are incorporating programming for children into their curricula and activity programs. Why? They know that learning to program has a lot of advantages for children because it is the language of the future, the new lingua franca and an invaluable skill in the future job market. As the overlap between technology and our everyday lives increases, so does our interaction with technology - and at the same time the demand for tech-savvy employees. The above-mentioned efforts are therefore of great importance for the ABC of modern education.
Admittedly, when programming, the discussion often slips into strategic goals (better jobs) and expediency (new approach). Less often do we hear about all of the other qualifications and skills that children can benefit from by learning to program. We have made a list of 10 things you should know. Here are our 10 reasons why learning to code is beneficial for children, and the skills it promotes:
1. Logical thinking - not an easy task, but easier with programming
Logical thinking is not an easy thing. We learn the connection between cause and consequence, the abstraction of the contained components and the assignment of properties to individual results for many years and yet even adults struggle with it. The key component of logical thinking is that Disassembly - break everything down into the smallest pieces so that we can more easily understand the connections between them. Every coding task requires breaking a task down into smaller units.
What do we need to turn Robo Wunderkind into an alarm clock? What do we have to program? It has to make a sound and ideally a flashing light for a certain volume and duration. So we have to program all of this and put it in an order that makes sense. Children are slowly realizing that even simple commands involve several "sections" and smaller steps that have to be reached first. This can not only be applied to programming, but basically to any somewhat complex task in life.
2. Creativity can be encouraged by learning to program
Creativity can also be summarized as a skill with which one can develop new solutions for unknown tasks. It's a skill that can be trained by switching between focused and free modes, which is what we're already into a previous blog post have discussed in detail. Programming is the perfect activity to practice this. Getting new directions for a project involves exploratory thinking, brainstorming, and conceptualizing (fuzzy mode). These are then tested with great effort and finally translated from ideas to codes (focused mode).
Plus, learning to code is a way for kids to explore their own creative interests - design, visual arts, auditory arts, music, and more. In addition, the feeling of having created something of their own and completely new and unique is overwhelming and does not go away after the children have finished their task.
3.Structural thinking - recognizing patterns
Structural thinking includes both discovering patterns based on components of a larger object and vice versa, i.e. the ability to build something larger from small components. This ability is essential in creative or technical careers, and programming is a major advancement in this regard. Often times, coding products or activities involve modular modeling (including Robo Wunderkind!), Which means that smaller physical parts, such as blocks, are used to build a larger object. Learning to program, both visually and textually, is about understanding the role and function of each component in the overall picture.
4. Perseverance and perseverance - the key to success
Both ways of thinking can be brought closer to children by learning to program and can be very helpful to them in later life. Perseverance means not giving up at the first sign of failure. To some extent, programming requires and encourages failure and is a prerequisite to ultimately writing the right code. This can take minutes or days. The trial-and-error process does not allow for quick defeat, but motivates children to keep going and strive for a successful outcome.
Second, it takes persistence (closely related to perseverance) to find a solution, even if there aren't any, nothing seems to be working and the code is not doing what it is supposed to! Or, as we would say, clean up (debug) the dysfunctional code. Programming teaches children that there is always a solution and that it just takes enough patience and time to find it. And it's more than obvious why any parent would appreciate learning this skill ASAP!
5. Algorithmic thinking
Another essential component of programming. Algorithms are similar to how recipes work - they are easily reproducible commands that are carried out to solve a specific problem. In order to be able to think algorithmically, one must be able to imagine and clearly define the individual steps that are required to complete the task. This requires stamina and perseverance, as we have already established, because creating a cognitive algorithm (although fast and automatic) is not that easy at first.
Second, it requires the ability to decipher (imagine steps in order), repetition (algorithm must repeat itself), and conditional logic (if, then). These things can be learned through programming. At Robo Wunderkind, kids learn to code with our latest app - Robo Blockly.
6. Learning to program makes math skills more understandable for children
Math, which is also a benefit for children learning to code, is often a nightmare for many students. Too many also believe that if they are bad at math, they simply have no talent for it. This is a shame, because it is not infrequently because they were not adequately taught the logical, mathematical basics and broad applicability in the real world. Mathematics, for example, often seems too abstract, not assignable and sometimes even boring.
While young programmers definitely don't have to be math geniuses to start programming, they will learn the math basics mentioned above on the side. Programming enables children to visualize and interact with abstract fundamentals of mathematics (such as conditioning, sequencing, equations, decompositions) instead of perceiving the numbers depicted on the sheet of paper as frightening and strange.
7.Written Expression and Storytelling - The Unexpected Benefits of learning to code for kids
Yes, programming requires writing codes from a certain level. But have you ever thought about what a code is? It's a language, and what happens when you put parts of a language in a logical order? A story. Programming is first and foremost telling a story using real objects and technology to power it. It takes an introduction, a twist and an ending.
Our Robo Wunderkind lessons are often structured like stories. They include adventures like Robo Goes to Play Town, Robo Dragon saves a princess, Robo meets new friends and many more. Not only is it easier for children to learn about stories because it is easier for them to understand, but it also enhances their ability to explore and create their own stories.
8. Train the most important social skills
Some of the soft skills that programming will strengthen include: communication (discuss with other children, teachers or parents what you are going to do; explain a problem when it arises, work together on a solution and present your finished creation), focus (don't lose the thread before the task has been mastered), organization (find out what needs to be done and what is needed for it, determine the order and roles, etc.) or even To listen (If one's own abilities fail, input from others is necessary).
It is easy to see how crucial this knowledge is in everyday life and in other disciplines. It is also easiest to learn when you are not aware of it. All it takes is a smart person (e.g. a parent) to guide you through the first steps and provide feedback when necessary.
9. Perfect the immersion by programming
Diving into an activity is something that happens when it's too good to let go - be it reading a book, building a sandcastle, or participating in a discussion. Unfortunately, it's a skill we're losing in part to technology, as it's easier for us to be distracted and jump from one activity to the next (when scrolling through our news or switching between apps). Ask yourself - when was the last time you focused on a single activity for hours without looking at your phone or doing anything else?
Programming (or rather, working on a coding project) is an interactive activity that requires some skills from us (writing code, constructing a physical object, taking turns looking to see if it works, looking for new information to solve a problem), while we still have a clear task to solve. In other words, it's the ideal way to immerse yourself in haunted thinking that makes time fly and our brains explode with knowledge. You can also learn to program together with your children to experience it for yourself!
10.Computer thinking, the essence of programming as an additional benefit for children
We already have a detailed understanding of computer science in another blog post discussed - if you are interested in learning more about it. In short, computer thinking includes the creation of functional solutions based on a decomposing process and the identification of similarities and similar patterns. This is how computers solve problems, from which we can take an example. Programming is all about that - but also with any other unknown task in life.
Learning to code for children brings a lot of benefits that can also be transferred to you, the parent, by leading your children through the world of code and programming. The fun, creativity and interactivity would be too good to miss! When you're ready to get your kids excited about programming, learn Robo prodigy know - our toys enable children to learn to program through play and inspire them to be creative with technology.
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