Learning to code is a valuable skills for anyone to master
Coding uses languages to communicate with the computer. It allows us to create websites, software, apps and much more. The coding language you need varies depending on what you want to create. All languages give the computer instructions to follow.
Coding comes with many benefits, as well as being able to create and design your own software, it also brings benefits you may not have considered.
1. Coding requires you to think logically. Coding takes big and often complicated problems and requires you to solve these step by step in much more smaller, and manageable, stages.
2. It helps with creativity. We can also use coding to create computer games and interactive digital artwork. Whether you are designing your own game or your own website, it encourages you to be creative and think outside of the box.
3. It helps to build resilience. Coding requires you to persevere and not give up when your code doesn't work the first time. You have to be resilient, as it often takes a lot of time to learn new codes and figure out how to tackle a new obstacle.
4. Coding can develop your maths skills. The skills learnt in maths are necessary when coding. What this also means is that coding develops the skills we have to use when solving problems in maths.
5. Coding can lead to a successful career. One of the biggest bonuses of knowing how to code is that it can lead you to a career that is in high demand, and the salaries aren't bad either! Computer programmers can earn up to £54,000, software developers can earn up to £70,000 and game developer earn up to £74,000.
We often have conversations with parents who are worried their child plays too many computer games. Is it as bad as it seems? Believe it or not, playing computer games (within limits!) has some well-researched benefits.
Twenty six planes all built, and all in the air! Twenty five came down (pretty much) intact. This is Greg just before the maiden flight. Sadly this one went straight in a tree but we were able to retrieve it today with the help of some very long ladders, poles, and the helpful people at Ufton Court.
Jack just finished building up the robots for the Abu Dhabi Science Festival in October. We've made a couple of recent changes; adding a table tennis ball as a coaster on the front, and cutting out some fluorescent vinyl stickers that should look good under the UV light in the arena they are constructing for us.
As a parent, it can be difficult knowing where to start when it comes to getting your children started with programming. With more and more schools offering computer science for GCSE, and teaching programming instead of just Microsoft Office during ICT lessons, it has never been more important to get started early!
Drones have come a long way since they were used purely for military use and are now one of the most popular ways to capture unique and often breath-taking pictures. Bizarrely, they’ve also been used to deliver pizzas and by farmers, for aerial views of their crops.
First day of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival and workshops have just opened. We're down at the Corniche (the beach) along with many other workshops both inside and outside (primarily in air conditioned tents as it's so hot out here).
We just received an email from one of last year’s campers who responded to a call to create some PPE for their local NHS:
“My son attended Tech Camp last summer and learnt to use a 3D printer. Yesterday we got an SOS from Winchester hospital asking for PPE. Harry immediately researched a design and put his printer to work. The first batch are done!
Our online Minecraft Inventions courses can help you play Minecraft on a new, improved level, by teaching you how to create your own gadgets and inventions - from secret floor traps to puzzles and timers.
After a slightly stressful journey (our train was delayed, the children were very well behaved!) we made it back from Edinburgh on Friday at the end of Tech Train 2013. We had a really fun, interesting (and hopefully educational) week of workshops, shows and sightseeing.