For kids growing up in today’s world, adapting to technology is an important part of the learning process. Computer coding is one way for students to embrace this technology that our world is increasingly built upon, while developing a lifelong skill and tapping into their creative side. Whether it’s creating a video game or developing a business website, learning the language of computer coding has value that reaches far into the future.
Regina McMenomy is a part time instructor at Washington State University Vancouver who also runs a Girls Who Code club for girls ages 12 to 18. She shares that there are countless benefits for kids learning code, including many that go beyond the technology component. “Many of the skills kids learn through coding map to other aspects of life and highlight critical thinking skills,” she says. “With the Girls Who Code Club that I facilitate, the girls learn to work together as a team and how to plan an extensive programming project. Along with the actual coding, the girls learn how to plan and manage a project so they (ideally) have a minimum viable product designed within the time frame of the club. Code is awesome for learning this specific set of skills because mistakes can help them understand how to look back over their work and figure out what went wrong. Often this takes a lot of time an energy, which is true of many situations they would face in life.”
In addition to critical thinking and problem-solving skills, kids are able to tap into their creative side with coding projects, giving them the opportunity to see their visions come to life in a unique way.