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.
It's no wonder that coding is more fashionable today than ever before. The ability to program is undoubtedly one of the most important skills for the current generation of children to have leading into their adult lives. In 2015, 7 million job openings required the ability to code in the US (Burning Glass) and it is known that the best way to learn is to start early. A coding camp is a great way to introduce the next generation to the most important skill of the future. While popular culture can often make coding seem a daunting and tricky skill, that is far from the truth. Programming is a skill which everyone can learn.
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