Why Learning Coding at School

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Math’s, English, Science, PE and… coding?

For several years now, education specialists and politicians have encouraged coding to be among the subjects to be learned at school. In fact, in terms of encouraging children to take up STEM subjects in their later lives, coding is a subject that is almost indispensable for the future.

In fact, nowadays more young people are pursuing careers in STEM subjects at university than ever before, and this may be down to the rise in schools teaching robotics.

By why exactly is learning code at school so beneficial?

  • Learning code is a universal language

The coding languages (such as HTMLX and Python) are becoming more universal than Chinese, Spanish or English (the three most spoken languages in the world). Having a “basic” computer culture is becoming essential today to enable children to progress and evolve in a society that is increasingly tech oriented.

Even if children do not go on to pursue a career in computing, coding skills are invaluable for virtually any industry and can help with all round development.

  • Coding: a skill with a future 

Digital education in schools also serves to trigger certain vocations. Indeed, some students will learn about concepts that they might not have been able to explore in other circumstances and, as a result, will want to continue in this direction (for example STEM subjects). Others may not go down this route, but it can still be hugely beneficial.

And here’s why.

Firstly, coding is fun. As it’s a fun way to teach mathematics and logic, levels of creativity and engagement tend to be far higher than a traditional way of classroom teaching. It also helps nurture softer skills sch as problem solving, teamwork and confidence building.  When children realise they can make mechanical devices by themselves using tools such as Microbits, it provides a real confidence boost – and rightly so!

The government also invested £100m into teaching coding in schools last November, of which £78m was invested in the Raspberry Pi Foundation to create a more systematic plan of teaching coding in schools.

  • It’s a highly in-demand skill 

Although nobody has a crystal ball to be able to see into the future, experts have predicted that more and more new types of jobs will appear in the next few decades, meaning programming will be a basic requirement in many industries. In fact, between 2018 and 2023, the tech industry is predicted to grow by 103%.

By teaching children coding at school, they can have a head-start when it comes to job hunting in later life.

The bottom line is that robotics is gaining momentum and are here to stay. Although it’s not a ‘traditional’ subject, the benefits of learning robotics in school are huge. From increased job prospects, to enhancing soft skills and having fun whilst learning, it’s easy to see why so many people are pushing for robotics to be part of the core curriculum.

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