Kids Learn Essential and Fun Coding Skills
Ever wish you had the skills to create a game as addictive and fun as your Pac-Man cocktail arcade table? The next generation will be equipped to do just that if the majority of parents have their way and programs like CodaKid continue to grow. According to a Gallup poll, nine out of 10 parents believe computer science should be taught in schools. The only problem? For the most part, it isn’t. And many coding programs don’t admit students until they’re around high school age. But why wait? At least, that’s what game designer David Dodge thought when he first conceived the idea of CodaKid in 2014. It’s Fun and Educational Since CodaKid started teaching children ages 6 to 15 how to code in 2014, more than 2,000 students have learned how to create games and apps. No, students don’t sit around playing games during class time – they’re too busy making them. Dodge’s program holds weekly classes during the weekday, weekend programs, summer camps and online classes that reach thousands of children outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, where CodaKid is based. Not only does CodaKid encourage children to focus, memorize, learn and grow, it teaches them valuable skills that could translate to a future occupation. Future Computer Job Growth U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2022, 1.3 million jobs in computer and math disciplines will be added. For example, a computer support specialist earns an average of about $51,000 per year, and by 2024 there will be 88,800 additional jobs to fill. A computer systems analyst earns an average of about $85,000 per year and this position is expected to grow by 21 percent by 2024. That’s an additional 118,600 jobs. Does teaching kids how to code always have to translate to a future career? Definitely not. But more and more, employers are looking for individuals with varied, competent skill sets and adding coding to a resume could help produce a job offer. For parents looking for reasons to sign their kids up for coding classes, there are plenty of ways to justify the investment.