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According to the Bureau of Labour statistics (BLS), USA, it is expected that Tech occupations will grow about 15% yearly from 2018 to 2028. Some specific technology jobs are expected to see greater growth as high a 35%. 

Teaching children the right skills they will need for this future of work is now crucial in order to deal with this fast-growing tech industry. 

Coding is more than just computer skills, it helps learners learn 21st century skills like effective communication, creativity, problem solving and time management. Coding builds confidence in the skills that will prepare these learners for the future. 

What is coding?

Coding is simply the process of giving computer instructions to perform specific tasks using programming language. Coding allow you communicate with computers and you can programme websites, game and other technologies. We also recommend this article for an overview of coding and what it can be used for! https://careerkarma.com/blog/what-is-coding-used-for/

Coding tools for beginners 

 Scratch

Scratch is designed specifically with young learners in mind. It was Invented by MIT and launched in 2008. 

Scratch is used to start most young coders off on their coding journey.  It is quite easy for beginners to understand as it is block-based. This means that children do not have to get frustrated with syntax or writing long text, they can quickly start building awesome projects. 

Scratch is quite sophisticated and can be used to build more complex projects. Harvard uses it to teach computing at their Intro to Computing courses. 

According to the Bureau of Labour statistics (BLS), USA, it is expected that Tech occupations will grow about 15% yearly from 2018 to 2028. Some specific technology jobs are expected to see greater growth as high a 35%. 

Teaching children the right skills they will need for this future of work is now crucial in order to deal with this fast-growing tech industry. 

Coding is more than just computer skills, it helps learners learn 21st century skills like effective communication, creativity, problem solving and time management. Coding builds confidence in the skills that will prepare these learners for the future. 

What is coding?

Coding is simply the process of giving computer instructions to perform specific tasks using programming language. Coding allow you communicate with computers and you can programme websites, game and other technologies. We also recommend this article for an overview of coding and what it can be used for! https://careerkarma.com/blog/what-is-coding-used-for/

Coding tools for beginners 

 Scratch

Scratch is designed specifically with young learners in mind. It was Invented by MIT and launched in 2008. 

Scratch is used to start most young coders off on their coding journey.  It is quite easy for beginners to understand as it is block-based. This means that children do not have to get frustrated with syntax or writing long text, they can quickly start building awesome projects. 

Scratch is quite sophisticated and can be used to build more complex projects. Harvard uses it to teach computing at their Intro to Computing courses. 

Which ages do we recommend Scratch?

Children need to know how to read and use the keyboard before they can start learning coding with scratch. Learners from age 6–10, ideally 7 years old. 

When do we use Scratch at STEMAcademy?

Scratch is our first tool for learning coding.  Scratch is taught in all of our beginner’s level category 

Turtle Art

Turtle Art is one of the most popular programming languages for kids. Created over 50 years ago, it is still a very good tool for introducing learner to text-based coding. 

Pros: easily create simple shapes and drawing using a ‘text-based’ language. Children LOVE it and it instils a real love of coding.

Cons: Syntax and code structure is a bit idiosyncratic and maybe a bit confusing for students as they move onto another coding environment.

Which ages do we recommend Turtle Art?

Children need to know how to read and use the keyboard before they can start learning coding with scratch. Learners from age 6–10, ideally 7 years old. 

When do we use Scratch at STEMAcademy?

Turtle art is our introductory tool to syntax coding in our beginner’s level category 

Python

At the beginners’ category, we have our learners creating games, animations and shapes. 

Python isn’t as graphic or as easy to make games with as Scratch or Turtle Art — however, it builds the right foundation for kickstarting a career in computer science as the learner progresses. 

Python is the most popular language for computer science in secondary schools and computer science courses. 

Which ages do we recommend Python?

Learners from the age of 8+ with good typing skills and Scratch experience can learn python programming.

When do we use Python at STEMAcademy?

Python is taught in all of our intermediate classes.

Our major objective is to making coding and programming as much fun and fulfilling as possible. We take children on a coding path way and we make the journey smooth and enjoyable. Coding is not always easy! It requires lots of practice and plenty of self-motivation. 

If you need any help choosing which course is right for your child, please do not hesitate to contact us!

You can also read more about our career paths here – https://stemacademy.io/picking-the-right-career-path/

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