Teach Your Kids to Code and Get Ready to Retire
Readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic used to be enough to secure a decent career, and they’re still a good foundation. Computer literacy is the in-demand skill of the twenty-first century, though, and a kid who knows how to code is far more likely to become an adult with a lucrative career.
Here’s a few resources to get your kids ready to start earning their keep from in front of their keyboards.
Google’s “Made With Code” was designed specifically with girls in mind—there’s a dearth of girl coders and in the STEM fields generally, and the projects on this site attempt to close that gap. The goal oriented-coding projects google has created are a fun way for kids (and grownups) of any gender to learn how to code, and the finished products of each project will help keep kids interested over the long haul. Plus, it’s Google, and who knows…maybe they’re hiring?
It’s all fun and games with Tynker! This brand’s computer games teach kids how to code with highly visual and interactive puzzles and action packed levels that lead to progressive coding and programming knowledge. Your kids are going to be playing video games anyway; might as well encourage them to play some that teach them what’s going on behind the scenes. There’s good money in game development too, so let those gaming habits flourish!
Though the Scratch “learning community” established by MIT isn’t really geared towards younger kids, you might be surprised what you’ll find there. Because anyone in the community can use Scratch’s tools and platforms to build projects, games, and more, there’s a variety of learning opportunities for kids of all ages and skill levels. This probably isn’t the best place to pick up the very basics, but with a little bit of knowledge—or guidance—it can lead to fast progress.
Coding and programming aren’t the same thing, but they do share some similarities, and a coder who can also program is someone who can write their own ticket—or at least their own fully-functional website and database, which is practically the same thing. Lightbot is progressive game that teaches some fairly complex programming principles in a fun way that makes them stick, and is great for any kid who wants to take things a step further.
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