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By Hatch Canada • March 2, 2018

What is Computational Logic?

When you learn a foreign language, you need to learn verb tenses. Computational logic skills  are the verb tenses of coding and they consist of: loops, conditionals, arrays, objects, functions,  and variables - the building blocks that allow coders to express themselves properly.  Students learn all of those things in our weekly classes.
 
For an example, let’s take a closer look at loops.  
 
Loops allow a computer to do the same thing many times without needing to repeat the  instruction many times. When you are drawing a chessboard, you can give instructions to: 
 
  • Draw square 1 
  • Draw square 2 
  • Draw square 3 
  •  
  • Draw square 64 
Or you can give instructions to: 
 
  • Draw a square 
  • Do that 8 times on the same row 
  • Draw that same row 8 times for 8 columns 
This “Do that 8 times” is a loop. Computer Science uses a lot of loops because computers are 
very good at repeating the same instruction or set of instructions many times in a row. Thus, 
your child should get really good at understanding and using loops.  
 
Knowing when to use what computational logic skill is a necessary part of excellent (or effective) 
coding. Coders - and kids learning code both in Toronto and elsewhere -  must know when to use loops, when to use arrays, etc. Failure to understand this logic means hours of slogging and, ultimately, a failure in the development of the coder. Fortunately, most students progress quickly when they're able to focus on projects and be creative.
 
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By learning computational logic skills, our students learn not just to create the best code - but develop skills used in tons of other areas of life and academics. 
 
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