Are your kids bored with coding? If so, they are definitely not using the correct tools to show them what coding really is. Google’s Blockly is a perfect platform for kids. It provides a colorful graphic interface with intuitive drag-and-drop controls to teach programming to any children of any age. Many hardware tools use Blockly as one of their coding languages to allow children to write code in order to control cool physical toys, like Ozobot, and watch their programmes come to life. Tools like Blockly help kids to learn the most basic logics behind programming in a very engaging way. We use Ozoblockly (a variation of Blockly) as one of our tools and our kids are never bored with coding! So remember to choose the right tools!

It Took Less Code to Send a Man to Space Than to Run a SmartPhone

When NASA’s reusable Space Shuttle first went into space in the 70s it had less code than the phones in our pockets! 

Surprisingly, NASA still uses computer programs from the 70s in their spacecraft. It would be extremely costly for NASA to write new codes and design new computer programs. Additionally, designing a new computer program requires a lot of testing and can carry risks of failure.The old-fashioned technology that NASA is currently using still works up to this day, so there’s no need to replace it.

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Age is just a number. As long as a child can confidently read, write and understand basic instructions, he or she can definitely dive into the world of coding. Choosing the right tools to help young children learn the essentials of coding and computational thinking is crucial. Scratch is a suitable tool for young programmers. It is a visual language developed by MIT, and is recommended for children aged 7 to 16 years old. Not only does it allow them to easily create games and animations on the computer, it also lets them share their creations with friends, creating a fun learning network. Scratch is taught in our classes and many of our children are only 7 years old!

 

Girls in STEM – on the rise!

STEM (the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education has historically been a male-dominated field, with girls receiving less exposure and encouragement to try out the more scientific fields. In recent years, however, we’ve seen more girls interested in STEM than ever before, with the number of girls taking AP Computer Science exams nearly tripling in the last 2 years alone. This is due to the amazing work being done by organizations like code.orgGirlsWhoCode and BlackGirlsCode, fighting to promote diversity in tech and break stereotypes.

 
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