As the world evolves, programming is now being used in all major industries, such as: banking, medicine, engineering and even law. It is estimated that 1 million programming jobs will go unfilled, according to research by the Wall Street Journal.
Getting your child to learn programming is a great way to help them prepare for the digital future and ensure that they have skills that are highly sought after in the future job market. Also, the best thing about learning coding is that it can be a fun experience where kids actually enjoy the process while learning important future skills!
Here are the top 5 fun ways to get them to learn coding:
STEM toys such as the Dash Robot or Cozmo are great ways to get kids involved with coding and using their mind creatively.
Seeing their code physically work is great at simulating young minds and motivates them to create better algorithms
Enrollment in a Coding Club
Coding clubs help kids learn coding in an interactive class environment, which teaches them about the importance of collaborative work in teams
Learning to code under a mentor is usually very effective as the kids get direct feedback and guidance regarding their mistakes
Creating video games:
Creating games is a great way to learn programming creatively by becoming creators instead of consumers.
There are several great tools for this purpose such as Scratch and Roblox Studio, which ensure that the fun element is not compromised during learning.
Kids can create and then also share their creations with the world!
Mobile apps such as Kodable and Tynker can help kids learn coding by giving them fun challenges
Such apps are a great substitute for video games that kids normally play during free time, such as when they are on a road trip.
DIY Electronics Projects
Creating DIY projects using a mini computer helps kids to learn coding while creating projects they like.
Boards such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi are great ways to learn coding but this method works better for older kids
This also usually requires basic electronics knowledge from the parents.