What is coding
Coding is the process of using a programming language to create step-by-step instructions that allow a computer to perform specific tasks such as creating software, websites, games, apps, and so on. All of the technology around us uses code to work – our browsers, our websites, our phones. Each line of code is an instruction, and a series of instructions using logic creates code or script to perform a task. Because computers don’t communicate like humans and only understand binary files, coders use programming languages to translate the steps into machine language that the machine understands.
What coding activities are suitable for children?
Very young children can start using block-based programming like Scratch and Blockly to create games and animation. These have a kid-friendly visual interface and users can drag and drop instruction blocks, movements or characters, making coding easy without knowing the exact syntax.
Older kids can use Java, which is object-oriented, reusable, and known for making apps for Android and games, including the popular Minecraft. Your interest in Minecraft can be used to teach children how to use logic and problem solving in Java.
Python is one of the easiest applications to use because it is versatile, has many libraries, and can be used for graphics, data analysis, and advanced areas like cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
At what age can ONE start programming?
Today, children are exposed to so much technology that they can comfortably start young. Around the age of five, kids can start using Scratch Junior, which uses visual learning environments and block-based instructions. Children ages seven and up can use Scratch to create animations and games and even try their hand at robotics. People between the ages of 8 and 10 can get started with programming scripts such as HTML. Children ages 12 and up can start learning full programming languages such as Java and Python, which require deeper understanding.