Setbacks Can Be Steps Forward
When you pour your heart and soul into a project and it doesn’t work out, it can be discouraging to say the least. The emotional residue of not being able to finish or sustain something you really worked hard on can have long-lasting effects, even becoming a detriment to other endeavors.
For kids, failure can be particularly tough. However, kids also possess the innate ability to bounce back. At Tynker, we teach millions of kids to learn how to code. However, coding isn’t always easy. On any level. But failure isn’t final. In fact, it’s okay. We can learn from it. And when we do, we begin to look at failure as temporary.
Coding will always come with missteps, so it’s important to teach kids to focus on the positive and keep moving forward until the problem can be reframed. That way, coders are able to build on previous mistakes and continue forward again until those missteps merely become stepping stones to reaching their goal.
In a recent Ted Radio Hour on NPR called Setbacks, author Leticia Gasca talks about the ability to Fail Mindfully, which she believes can help people become more resilient.
In tech, we know the process is just as important as the outcome, which enables us to turn failure into motivation. So, if your kid encounters a setback in life, coding will teach them not to accept defeat so easily.
Once kids learn to overcome computer bugs and make endless program tweaks, they’ll see failure as just a sign that there’s more to explore. If there’s one thing instilled in young coders, it’s perseverance.
That’s why Tynker makes coding fun and interesting, collaborating in the last year on incredible projects with NASA and Minecraft that incorporated future space missions and the preservation of our environment.
For kids, this is the best time to begin coding. Like a foreign language or a musical instrument, code is best learned early. Once kids are fluent in the type of thinking required to break down and solve coding problems, the transition to other more advanced coding languages is relatively straightforward.
With over 60 million kids worldwide learning to code using Tynker’s self-paced courses, the possibilities to create are infinite. Coding teaches problem solving, organization, math, storytelling, designing, and a don’t give up attitude — The must-have skill set in a 21st century toolbox.
At Tynker, we’re constantly pushing ourselves to evolve in an ever-growing tech industry. To think bigger. Do better. Be part of a positive change in the world, while teaching a generation of kids the means to accomplish it—with coding.
Later, on the same NPR radio show, astronomer Phil Plait, says, “Science is at its best when it dares to be human.” At Tynker, that sounds good to us. Giving kids a voice in their future and a way to express it is what we’re going for. And we believe the ability to code will help get them there.
Tynker is coding for kids.
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