Today, my little brother came home excited to tell us about a new program my school has introduced for the sixth and seventh graders: coding. He told us what the teacher had brought in to demonstrate what coding can do, something called an Ozobot.
An Ozobot is a line following robot. It’s tiny, about the size of a bottle cap, and works by using sensors to follow a color-coded path. The aim of the program is to jumpstart a love for coding in young children. A simple Google search tells me why.
With kids born in 2000 and later being known as the tech generation, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that coding is to become one of the most important job skills of the future. 8 out of the 25 top jobs in 2016 were tech-related positions. Companies in all sectors are beginning to rely on computers and coding.
Learning to code, no matter how old you are, will prove to be a useful skill. Every single piece of technology we use is run with computer codes, and learning to use code can open up many, many doors. You’ll be able to build apps, personalized digital games, develop software, and much more.
With our advancement into the digital world, coding is a skill that will remain relevant, meaning someone with a knowledge of code will always be able to contribute to the job field, and will always be able to improve and impress. Every industry has a technological component to it. No matter where your interest lies, coding can help.
Coding, just like English or French, is a language. Studies show that when reading code, we use the same area of our brain that we use to process other written or spoken languages. ‘Programming languages’ are used to communicate between a person and a device, where a person tells a computer exactly what to do and the computer does it.
Technology is all around us. Smartphones, tablets, the touch screens being installed in fast-food restaurants, all are examples of computers we encounter every day, computers being run by code. Learning code is simple, on the same level as,mid not easier than, learning a foreign language. Try it out, you might just love it.