Why Learning to Code Matters

Categorized under: computer science education for kids

In 2011, Marc Andressen wrote a popular article in the WSJ entitled 'Why Software Is Eating The World'. In the article, Marc argues that large sections of the global economy are set to be overtaken by software enabled solutions/companies.

More recently, Code.org has projected that by 2020, 1 million computer science jobs will go unfilled because we aren't graduating enough students from our universities.

If we believe Marc, the billionaire investor and former co-founder of Netscape, it is imperative that we begin preparing the next generation for a technology enables future.

Development

Beyond the purely economic reasons for learning to code, there are also clear tangible benefits to development that learning to code offers.

Youth sports has been great at developing kids teamwork, work ethic, and competitive spirit.

There is a famous New Yorker cartoon that quips, "The problem with computers is that they do exactly what you tell them to do". As any developer will tell you, truer words have never been written. However within that challenge, there is also great opportunity.

Coding helps kids become better problem solvers. When you build something using technology and it doesn't quite work as expected, that is a teachable moment. It enables you to go back through the lines of code and find where your initial assumptions were inaccurate and allows for real-time testing and updating.

Solving big problems

In his book, 'Outliers', Malcolm Gladwell writes

"The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that's the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?"
We founded Digital Adventures to inspire the next generation to solve some of the worlds biggest problems using technology as their platform.

-Developing future inventors & innovators!

Digital Adventures offers computer coding classes, camps, birthday parties, and makers workshops for kids in 1st-8th grade on a variety of digital technology topics including 3D Printing, Visual Programming, Video Game Design, Robotics & Minecraft Modding. Our programs are project-based and generate either a digital or physical artifact at the conclusion of each session. Check out our Facebook (5 Stars) & Yelp (5 Stars) reviews to see what other parents think about our programs. For more information, visit our website at or give us a call: 844-KID-CODE (543-2633).