Laura Gini-Newman is an educational mathematics specialist and consultant to schools and school boards around the world. Over the course of several months, she and Hatch co-founder, Peter Kuperman, mapped the many ways in which coding helps with success in the learning of mathematics. This work was undertaken as part of the Hatch Leadership Team initiatives to research the impact of innovation in industry on learning in the classroom.
For the past several years, we've been able to bring many Toronto summer campers on industry field trips. It's an opportunity to have kids start to understand how their developing skills will help them in the future, particularly as life-long learners. To inspire them, we visit local leading technology companies to show our students potential exciting career options and coding in action. Our camp has been so successful that it's even been featured in Owl Magazine and Our Kids! Keep that in mind when you're hunting for the best summer camps in Toronto!
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM is a valuable part of students' education. When we add the letter A - for ARTS - to the acronym, we get an even more meaningful experience in programs at school and at camp. It even makes for great playtime and Hatch achieves that through project-based learning.
We love getting feedback directly from our students. Parents love the valuable skills our courses offer their children, but we like hearing directly from the students so that we can better evaluate our programs' effectiveness. Why? Because our aim is to make coding fun and accessible for young people and they'll tell us straight up how they feel.
In this blog post we look at why Peter Kuperman, one of Hatch's co-founders, is excited about kids coding, making, and innovating.
Peter Kuperman believes that in a perfect world, every student will have the opportunity to create and make something innovative and new that comes from their hearts. He loves toys, games, coding, and sharing those passions with anyone willing to listen. Making, coding, and innovation are essential to making Hatch fun.
Contrary to popular belief, learning code is so much more than gaming.
While students often participate in after school activities like sports, dance, and gymnastics, parents should also turn to coding as an extracurricular. With so many resources available, learning to code can be right at your fingertips. Soon, your child will be able to set up a computer program or app using the skills they’ve learned online, through a tutor or an after-school coding program.
In the words of MIT professor, Mitchel Resnick: “Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies.”
Coding isn’t just a fun after school activity - it’s educational and rewarding as well! And while we’re starting to see many elementary schools embrace the use of computers in the classroom, coding programs have yet to make their way into the regular curriculum. That’s something Hatch hopes to change.