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Coding for kids: An increasingly indispensable skill

/ 05:03 AM April 02, 2018

Coding for kids is a concept that is starting to gain traction in the Philippines. Some believe that early adoption in children is as valuable as English and Math, while some are still unsure about its full potential. In fact, coding instills skills that are useful for any job in today’s modern workforce.

“Our students won’t necessarily become computer programmers,” says Maita Mojica, cofounder of My Code, Inquirer Academy’s partner in coding for kids courses. “But to develop that creative and critical thinking needed in coding is very important.”

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Here are more reasons why a coding boot camp is the perfect summer activity for your child:

1. It taps into their creative problem solving.

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Coding often involves having to overcome different challenges and think of creative solutions. In a coding boot camp, children learn how to use the skills they learn to build their own games.

2. It encourages curiosity and interest in STEM.

The science, technology, engineering, and math fields are increasingly in demand in today’s workforce. A glimpse into coding may lead to children pursuing STEM for their further education.

3. It develops a healthier relationship with technology.

Next time a child picks up an iPad or laptop, they can then consider it a tool for creation and potential rather than just a vehicle for distraction or entertainment.

4. It’s fun!

Kids get to enjoy, make friends, and learn something new.

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Inquirer Academy, in partnership with My Code, will be hosting coding boot camps for children aged 8-12 years old. The first boot camp will be held on April 28 and May 5.

The Inquirer Academy is at 4168 Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Ponte St., Makati City. For more information about the workshops or if you would like to add your input on the article, you may email [email protected], call (632) 834-1557 or 771-2715 and look for Jerald Miguel or Judy Bondoc, or visit the website at www.inquireracademy.com.

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