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Top 5 reasons why coding is important for kids

We actively (and passively) use devices and systems for many hours a day - whether it’s YouTube, Instagram, Netflix, Oyster cards or checkout tills in store. Technology is all around us. For our kids, it is important for them to understand how the world around them works - this tech works - instead of just being consumers of technology, so that they can influence it positively and use it to solve real-life problems.

Whether they want to be techies, analysts, designers or musicians - coding is important for their development and as a future skill - here are our top 5 reasons.

1. Coding develops your creative problem-solving skills

Learning how to code will help children develop essential problem-solving skills - analysing a problem, breaking it into smaller parts and solving each part by creatively applying past experience. That’s what computational thinking is all about anyway.

2. Coding prepares you for a tech future

According to the World Economic Forum list of top 10 skills for the next 5 years, coding and tech education ranks right up there. Consider this - “85% of jobs only 10 years from now haven’t been invented yet (report by Institute for the Future)”. This means that it’s all the more important to learn how to acquire creative problem-solving skills and always be a student. Coders constantly learn new technologies, programming languages, devices and methods of solving problems. Coding teaches you how to self-learn and become an independent learner, clearly an ever more important skill for the future.

3. Coding helps expand your creativity

First of all, coding is fundamentally a creative activity where you create ‘digital things’ such as stories, graphics, games, music and animations. Secondly, the flexibility in the many ways of approaching and solving a problem encourages creativity. For example, at Riva Learning, when we introduce children to a new concept, say ‘broadcasting’ in Scratch coding, students come up with their own version of a story with characters, conversations and scene changes that they then code. In our robotics courses, we often pose problems such as “how can you prevent theft or how can you reduce car accidents now that you know about a light sensor, a proximity sensor, a motion sensor and such” - and then students go ahead and build a prototype of their ideas. They are constantly brainstorming, coming up with ideas of how to solve a problem and wading their way through the various constraints to make it real.

4. Coding improves communication and collaboration

Coding (and, more generally, computing) gives children the opportunity to learn how to collaborate with others with differing backgrounds, abilities and ages, but connected by a common interest in technology. Collaboration happens in various forms - working on projects together during camps or classes or sharing ideas, giving and receiving feedback and even through online games.

5. Build resilience

Even the most advanced coders often have to spend hours improving their own code - fixing issues, researching better solutions and trying new problem-solving techniques. As children learn to code, they build resilience because they will have to constantly overcome difficulties and frustration through experimentation and research.

Give your child the opportunity to learn about technology and coding. Check out our exciting coding classes for kids and coding camps for kids.

Gobind Bansal

Gobind is the founder and CEO of Riva Learning. Computer scientist by training, he has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), a dual Masters degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and National University of Singapore (NUS), and an MBA from London Business School. He has worked in various technical and business leadership roles with Amazon, Google, IBM and M&S.