5 Common Myths of Coding

Let's get started by dispelling some common myths that might prevent you from encouraging your kids to learn coding.

MYTH #1 - Coding is really difficult and complicated

Truth: Like just about any subject, coding can become very complicated as you go deeper into your learning.  However, that should not be something that stops your kids from learning to code.  A look at a page of complex code may seem very daunting, but don't worry.  At Code Central, we start from the beginning and work our way up to more complex concepts.  By the time your kids have spent just a few hours learning in our centers with our experienced instructors, they will realize that coding is not so complicated. 

 Myth #2 - You need really strong math skills

Truth:  While coding and math are related to each other, coding does not require great math skills (and math does not require great coding skills!)  While there are crossovers in areas such as problem solving and representative numbers, coding does not require any math skills.  Coding is all about thinking in a logical and structured way that can certainly involve numbers, but does not have to.

Myth #3 - Coding is something I will do alone

Truth: Coding is really about building things that will be used by people, so in the end, it really is all about being social.  In the world today, people are not coding or programming alone, they are working on teams, collaborating together to build awesome things.  That is why we have build Code Central based on the values of collaboration and community. Learning to work together with others is one of life's most important skills, and coding offers to the opportunity to do just that.  

Myth #4 - Coding is boring and not very creative

Truth:  On the surface, coding looks like a bunch of information that seems dry and uninspiring.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Think of the many app, games, and websites you have used over the past 20 years.  Each of them required the use of imagination that involved learning to solve problems with use of a creative mindset.  Once you get past the basics, your creativity will be unleashed.

Myth #5 - Coding requires special computers and software

Truth: Coding, at the core, is really just text.  So, no need for high power computers, memory, and all of that expensive software.  Sure, we use fancy software to keep kids engaged, but coding can really be done with just a text editor program.  At Code Central, we provide everything your child needs to be successful.  

 

The Basic Uses of Coding

Computer code is integral to so many parts of the modern world and learning it will give you many advantages. At it's most basic function, coding is simply learning to tell machines what to do. Underlying the function of so many of today's machines we take for granted, coding is critical for both hardware and software.   Hardware, such as: ATM's, Airplanes, Computers, Shopping, Telephones, Movies and software for apps, operating systems, websites and more.  People who work with code are typically called coders, programmers or developers, but as technology evolves so will the names for those proficient in coding. Everyone in any industry can benefit from learning the skills of coding, and so can kids of all ages!

KIDS CODING

Like all languages, coding is actually easier for kids to learn than for adults.  The key is to learn the concepts of computational thinking, frameworks, logic, and what is possible with the learning of this new language.  Most kids are learning the basics of coding, with a focus on HTML, CSS, and Javascript.  Coding is a fantastic skill that is worth learning at any age.

CAREER OPTIONS KIDS GET EXCITED ABOUT

As technology advances, there are more and more opportunities to utilize the skills learned in coding to turn a wonderful hobby into a rewarding career.  There are so many options available today and tomorrow there will be even more opportunities.  Today's career's include:

Web Development, Creative Design,  App Development, Gaming, Software of all kinds, AI and of course Big Data.