Coding is fun - it fuels a child’s imagination, creativity, and critical thinking skills. With a few blocks/lines of code, they can build animations, apps, games, websites, robots and more.
According to NASSCOM Community, the knowledge sharing platform of the Indian IT sector – Coding requires creative thinking & computational skills; it plays a vital role in building resilience, analytical & innovating thinking and problem-solving skills in students. The ‘technology-oriented’ NEP will develop the scientific acumen of students from an early age and prepare them for careers in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotics – to name a few. In the long run, India can become a leader in disruptive technologies with a reasonable amount of technically sound workforce.
Kids who learn to code at a young age have a head start over the ones who learn it later in life. Take a look at some of the influential leaders who started off to code early and created some of the amazing products that changed the world for the better.
Bill Gates - the philanthropist, billionaire, and Microsoft co-founder started coding at a young age, fascinated by how computers work. He spent hours playing with the computer and learning its programming language: BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). He wrote the code for his first program, a tic-tac-toe game where users play against the computer, when he was only 13 years old. Today, he is one of the biggest voices for coding education, computing, and emerging technology.
Mark Zuckerberg - the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook showed his interest in coding at an early age after his father taught him the Atari BASIC programming language in the 90s. At the age of 12, he built a chat service called ‘ZuckNet’ that allowed members of his family (including his father who ran a dental business from home) to communicate with each other. In 2003, he created ‘FaceMash’ (Facebook's predecessor) that let students choose the best-looking person from a selection of photos.
Danielle Feinberg is a cinematographer and director of photography at Pixar Animation Studios. She has designed the lighting for animated movies: A Bug’s Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003) and Brave (2012) with coding. In addition to her Pixar work, she mentors teenage girls in the STEM fields. As a kid, she loved math, science, and code. She went to summer coding camps and after-school classes in computer programming and then learnt computer animation at Harvard University.
Jack Dorsey – a technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder & CEO of Twitter. At the age of eight, when his parents bought him an Apple Macintosh – he fell in love with coding as it allowed him to indulge in his passion for trains, cities, and maps. Using software programming, he built maps on his computer. Later, while studying at New York University, he came up with the idea that led to the creation of ‘Twitter’.
Steve Wozniak - an electronics engineer, programmer, and co-founder of Apple Inc. started learning to code in school. Early exposure to coding helped him to design and build the Apple I, the original Apple Computer. He was also the main designer of the 1977 Apple II, one of the world’s first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products.
MindBox Direct-to-home will allow your child to learn programming/coding in a fun way by developing games, mobile applications, animations, and websites. It will not only make them future-ready for job opportunities, but you can expect some enhanced skills like creativity, logical thinking, problem-solving, logical reasoning, outstanding academic performance and much more.
How do you plan to introduce your kids to coding and make them digital creators?