From the Author
Computer programming is a skill all children should learn. Giving kids an introduction to computer programming is a great skill regardless of whether they will ever pursue it beyond the basic concepts. Here are a few reasons why programming for kids is super beneficial: 1. Gain an understanding of computers and how they work Instead of having kids spend time learning to use a computer only through video games and other activities learning basic computer programming concepts enables them to learn an important new skill. 2. Basic programming concepts teach logic and cause and effect Computer programs follow exactly the rules they are programmed to do. Learning to follow an app as it is programmed is a great skill as it helps teach how to break a problem up into smaller pieces. It also has benefits throughout academics, especially mathematics and science. 3. Build mathematics skills through programming Programs use mathematics heavily. Whether it is simple math like addition and subtraction, or the use of parentheses to prioritize what numbers should get processed first, these types of mathematics problems are commonly used in computer programs. 4. Creativity Programming is a quite addictive. Once a child learns the basics, they often want to try to build upon this knowledge and try something new. It sparks a creativity that is not possible elsewhere. 5. It can be a great career Last but not least, programming can be a great career. Programmers are in very high demand and will be for the next several decades. Learning this skill at a young age simply gives the child a leg up as they get older and are ready to learn deeper skills and prepare for the marketplace.
About the Author
Joe Dwyer has a degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and has been a programmer and entrepreneur for over 15 years. He’s worked for a number of high tech companies and is currently Chief Technology Officer for Propelware, a company he started that helps automate small businesses and their use of technology. Joe and his wife Heidi reside in Minneapolis, MN and enjoy homeschooling their five children.