Why Should Young Students be Encouraged to Learn Programming?

Why Should Young Students be Encouraged to Learn Programming?

Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.“- Bill Gates

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, was already a computer programmer by the age of 12. 

He networked his family’s computers to the point where any member of the family could log into other member’s computer and leave a message.

It demonstrated the future direction that he would turn. And recently, we’re seeing teenagers developing iPad applications. Whether or not your kid grows up to be the next Zuckerberg, programming is a life enhancing skill for him or her. Computer programming (often shortened to programming) is the comprehensive process that leads from an original formulation of a computing problem to executable programs. It includes activities like analysis, understanding, problem solving, creativity, implementation and much more.  In this article, we provide you with information about how learning programming helps students.

Programming makes your kid a Tech Genius:

Usage of computers in education is a basic requirement nowadays. Technological devices help your children or students learn with fun and interest.  Skills like turn on a computer, log on to it, search the web and use of applications are highly required for students to get success in academic as well as future professional career. Every piece of software that’s on a technological device exists because some programmer has written it.  Learning a program lets you know the limits of tools, what computers are able to do, precautions while using a computer and etc. This is how a student avoids problems & save their time while using tech devices.

Multiple Opportunities:

Programming is a diverse field. If children have good computer knowledge, they are able to settle well in any field. For example: if they are interested in games, they can be a game developer. If they are interested in programming field, they have a great life with good salaries and a beautiful working environment. They need not become a professional programmer; but if they are good at programming, they can be good at using computers and many web applications, software and online resources to achieve success in any area of interest.

A Hobby and Skill Development Activity:

Programming helps to create new softwareapps and techniques to do online tasks. Learning a program and doing it as a hobby can make students more creative. Their thinking ability, problem solving instincts, analytic ability and etc. are improved.

Builds Logical Thinking:

The obvious point here is that writing code is an excellent way to teach logical thinking as well as improving mathematic skills. These are skills that will be very important in the future no matter what one's profession is.

Make Money:

Students can make money while they are in high school or in college or even at home. There are many opportunities to make money online working from anywhere. They are able to work as a freelancer while studying to gain industry knowledge and check on industry readiness.

Help others by Sharing Knowledge:

To create and manage a website, a blog, or a simple application you need to have basic programming skills. To make a website effective and attractive, programming skills help students, educators, authors and professionals attract the readers, visitors and followers. Anyone who is having good expertise can help others by sharing knowledge online. This will also help you earn money apart from doing what you love to do.

Helps you to make your Mark:

Like Mark Zuckerberg, many people have made their mark in their early ages. Programming skills along with innovative and creative thinking can make a person famous.

Programming can be used to automate tasks:

This is from my personal experience, “Once when I was in 2nd year B. Tech. , we were all eagerly waiting for our 1st year results. It was taking a lot of time to get the result of each and every person by entering their roll number and branch. One student of Computer Science had written a program that generated the results of all students of the class with a single click. We exclaimed on seeing this magic trick. He told us that he learned that program when he was in class 10th”. This is how programming helps to automate such small but important tasks”.

These are the benefits for young students if they learn programming well. We’d like to know your opinions and personal experiences on “making young students learn programming”. Please share with us in the comment box.

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About the Author
Author: Santosh Bhaskar KWebsite: http://www.twitter.com/SantoshBhaskarK
Devotee of Dr. Abdul Kalam. Following his path of Creating Creative Education in India. Contributing my works in "India Vision 2020". Former EdTech Blogger/Researcher at ETR India

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