I have heard the term – coding – so many times. Mostly it seems to be used by kids and younger adults. So what is it?
According to Robo Wonderkind, coding is:
“Code is the language of the 21st century. It’s what tells our computers, apps, websites, software, and products what to do and how to do it. It’s giving a computer a set of instructions and functions, so it does what we want it to do. These instructions are also commonly known as ‘computer programming’, ‘software programming’, or ‘coding’.”Source: https://www.robowunderkind.com/pages/coding-for-kids
Some of the benefits of coding for kids:
- Problem solving skills
- Critical thinking
- Memory work
- Development of computational thinking skills
I tried out Hour of Code
I chose a coding activity aimed at the grades 6+ level called “Plastic Pollution PSA”
Here is the finished product!
Every time you hit the button, the garbage moves over to a new location. This is possible because of the code I entered into the setup.
It was harder than I thought! I had to stay focused and remind myself to follow each step. Concentration is necessary for coding! It is also important to be able to follow directions clearly.
Cool off-screen activity, that introduces coding:
Here is a free google course for adults: