The Importance of Learning to Code in School
There are two main benefits for including some sort of coding curriculum for middle school and high school students. The first benefit is simply because of the sheer amount of jobs available in the programming industry. With the prevalence of internet-based jobs, it would be detrimental to a student's career path not to introduce them to coding at an early age. The second reason involves developing intangible, mental skills that can improve other areas of the student’s schooling and career, even if they decide that programming is not a path they wish to pursue.
Coding as a Career
Back-End Developer (PHP, MySQL, Python)
Mobile App Developer
These careers can make anywhere from $60,000-$100,000 a year, which is a respectable salary for anyone, but especially those coming out of college. Coding jobs also allow the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world and can even offer the ability to work as a freelancer, in addition to a full-time job. Having the knowledge to write software could even open the door to developing and selling your own custom software.
With so many potential jobs and opportunities in the programming industry, nurturing that coding mindset from a young age is very important.
The Intangibles of Learning to Code
The benefits of learning how to code go well beyond simply developing a career skill. For those who aren't interested in pursuing coding as a career, know that the skills and thought processes developed while coding can be applied to any job in any industry as well as throughout everyday life.
Learning to code is like learning another language, just like you would learn Spanish or German. It forces your brain to learn new and abstract ideas and methods it is not familiar with. It activates your memory as you strive to remember different rules and patterns.
These skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking, logic, collaboration and understanding abstract concepts, can be applied to everyday situations as well as any job where you may encounter the need for a creative solution. Even though a student may not enjoy coding in and of itself, the act of learning how to code forces the student to develop this "brain training".
Bring a Coding Curriculum to Your Classroom
Consider what one of StudioWeb’s customers said about the learn-to-code teaching platform:
“StudioWeb gives you all of the most important information in a digested and easy to learn way without making you waste any time. The value in the already pedagogically condensed information shown is enormous for the price you're paying. It is hands down the best learning platform that I've ever used. I did the Lizard Wizard course and the contents are invaluable with approachable theory concepts and with real life examples and tips to adapt to your own life. It is fantastic and is already influencing my life positively!”
If your school is looking to start or improve their STEM coding curriculum, give StudioWeb a try. Licenses are available per student (per course), per student for all courses, or by building. Teachers can access all the lessons and learn to code for free! Give Sunburst Digital a call or email today to learn more about StudioWeb.