We are living in a world driven by technological advancement and more aspects of our lives and economy digitized. The separation between the Information Technology (IT) employee and non-IT employee will continue to be minimized and blurred as the division of duties erode. Technical knowhow and understanding will no longer be the sole domain of the IT industry or IT employees. Every field will hire employees with strong digital skills to fill most positions.
Code is the language of the modern world. Whether it’s apps that bring emails to mobile devices or cars that estimate how many miles you can travel before running out of gas, coding is everywhere! Any smart device needs code instructions for it to operate and communicate with the outside world.
As the degree of technological change and human knowledge continues to grow by leaps and bounds, teachers and policy makers must grapple with several important questions:
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’re passionate about coding – not only because it is a fun activity for kids, but because it is also a solid investment in their future. If your kiddos are in the process of learning to code, or they're considering adding coding to their roster, either during the school year or at a camp, here are a few things that you’re sure to notice:
Contrary to popular belief, learning code is so much more than gaming.
Many coding programs are starting to integrate playing video games and learning code, so that children interested in playing video games will start to understand the language behind creating them.
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.