Teaching kids to code can equal a bright future.
The demand for programmers has increased precipitously – and by all accounts, this demand will continue to rise. Many experts agree that helping kids learn to code will give them an excellent advantage in the future job market. Google has developed Project Bloks to engage and teach children about programming at an early age.
Project Bloks consists of three components: Pucks, Base Boards, and the Brain Board. Pucks can be used to initialize and number functions, basically telling it what to do (on, off, turn, go, etc.). They work by connecting to the square Base Boards via capacitive sensors. These two components need power and connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) by hooking up to the larger Brain Board.
This approach is to inspire, and attempt to encourage, creation and critical thinking by using tangible items; which help young children make the concept of programming more “real.” By using the component blocks, children will be able to produce control mechanisms for robots, toys, and even tablets!
Coding is more than just programming a computer, it’s a completely different language for creative expression and develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Many times, people aren’t interested in coding because they believe it’s too complicated to learn when often it’s just the lack of exposure or unwillingness to try that’s the real culprit.