Coding builds 21st-century skills
At United Education we want to support children in all areas of their personal growth and development. As technology becomes ever more integrated into our lives, we believe that learning coding from a young age is more important than ever.
With the above in mind, we are extremely excited to announce that we are running two trial virtual coding courses from Monday 20th of December to Thursday 23rd of December.
Our online coding courses open up the world of programming to children everywhere. They are a convenient and fun way for children to gain important skills that will be pivotal in the world of the future.
Learning how to code is viewed by many adults as being incredibly challenging. Therefore, most parents think it would be an impossible task for children. In reality, in today’s era, coding has quickly become one of the biggest trends in the education sector.
Coding is often discussed in terms of being a future-proofing skill, due to the current skills gap in the rapidly developing STEM sectors. Research suggests by 2025, 3.5 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. However, it also has immediate benefits that will pay off in the short term too. Far from being an exclusively technical discipline, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication, can all be improved as by-products of your child learning to code.
If you are debating whether it’s the right time for your child to learn coding, we’ve included some of the extensive benefits it can have below.
Coding helps with mathematics and logical problem solving
Coding has been known to help children visualise more abstract concepts in a fun and educational way. They must take complex problems and break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Despite being children, they learn how to approach a problem the way an adult software engineer would, with logical thinking. Logical thinking is a powerful tool that can be transferred into many aspects of school, work and life.
Coding helps with creativity and writing
This may seem surprising, but there’s a lot of research that shows the positive impact that coding can have on a child’s written skills. It’s like learning another language. Coding requires structure and can help children learn to write concisely. Creativity comes from experimenting with coding. Learning which approach works best and thinking in ways they may not have before. As a population many of us are addicted to video games, smartphones, laptops, and social media. By learning to code, children can turn their screen time into something positive. Becoming the creators, imagining, planning, and developing instead of simply consuming what they see online.
Coding teaches patience and perseverance
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Like many things in life, coding can be difficult to get right the first time. Learning to code is a great way to teach your child perseverance and patience. The ability to learn from mistakes is an important skill that your child will need throughout adulthood. It will all be worth it in the end, when they experience the pride of building something from scratch.
Coding is fun!
At United Education, we recognise that many parents want their children to make the most out of their free time. They want access to activities that will build on their child’s talents, skills, and interests. As a business, we know the key to getting children to stick with an activity is to make it fun! Through coding children can marvel at the joy of making things, working through problems, and using their imagination to create something new. Children can experience the same excitement that they get from completing a puzzle, or a Lego set, when they design and build their own programs.
Coding teaches children the much-needed skills that will help them in a variety of academic and life choices in today’s hyper-competitive tech era. It can help them to become the pioneers of the future world.
Don’t miss out on your chance to open up the world of coding for your children. Check out our virtual Mini Courses that are running this December.