Tell someone you’re a computer programmer, and they’ll visualize a person hunched in front of a computer screen for days at a time with no outside human contact. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth! Socializing is essential to coding, as most programmers must work, learn, and function together while building projects as a team.
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.
We recently chatted with the staff at Hatch Canada for an insider scoop about new programs, future goals and what you can expect over the next few months!
Over the course of the year, we’ve received a lot of great advice about coding and programming from industry experts. Many of these leaders agree that not only is coding here to stay, but that it has a tremendous impact on the world!
A huge part of Hatch’s coding camps for kids are the field trips we take to companies active in the tech and video game industries. The purpose of these company visits is to help kids get a sense of what these companies and their developers do with coding in the real world, and offer the campers a wonderful opportunity to show off some of their amazing coding projects to their fellow programmers.
On one such recent field trip our campers visited the QuickTapSurvey headquarters in Toronto. The company develops a highly rated survey app for tablets and mobile devices that’s used by some of the world’s largest companies to collect valuable survey data and insights. Coding is obviously a huge part of what they do, which is just one of the reasons we wanted to pay them a visit.
At Hatch Coding, our goal is to teach children and parents the value of learning coding at a young age. Not only is programming vital to success in the technology-driven economy of the 21st century, but it can teach kids a broad range of skills that will help them in countless other areas as well.
Here are six quotes from an assortment of science and technology luminaries who know exactly how important coding is to future success.