It’s no secret that kids are interested in video games these days, but more and more kids are also becoming intrigued about the ins and outs of what makes their video games possible. Coding is what is used to build video games, websites, and more.
Many kids want to not only know how their video games work but how they can create their own video games and characters. While this may be what fuels your child to learn coding, there are other reasons why coding is a valuable skill.
- There’s a demand for programmers.
Learning how to code may be an extracurricular activity for kids now, but it can turn into a career when they get older. According to code.org, 58% of new jobs in STEM are in computing while only 8% of STEM graduates are in computer science. If kids stick with it, coding can pay off in the future…literally.
- Coding boosts creativity.
Just like an artist who sketches his masterpiece, a coder also needs to map out his or her plan. Coding allows kids to express themselves and their ideas through whatever they decide to create.
- Coding teaches persistence.
Coding is not simple, even for those who have been at it for a while. Coding teaches kids they need to keep going even when they make a mistake or it becomes too hard. They’ll learn that by being persistent, they will be successful.
- Coding teaches problem-solving.
As kids learn how to code they learn how to break down problems and solve them. This logical aspect of problem-solving will not only help kids as they code but will also be useful in the real world. Being logical and knowing how to solve problems will help in the professional world and in social situations. Coding helps kids to create the building blocks needed to solve problems logically when they’re adults.
At MakerKids we offer afterschool programs, camps, and private classes to help your child explore the world of coding and other STEM-related topics. Through our programs, children learn how to work independently and in groups to solve problems to make their ideas come alive.
If you’re ready to give your child the learning tools he or she needs to open up the world of opportunity that coding and STEM-related topics can provide, call MakerKids today at 1-844-MAKERKIDS to get started!