Learning to Code Helps Kids Excel in School and Life

Learning to Code Helps Kids Excel in School and Life
Last Updated: July 30, 2021 10:00 am

Learning to Code Helps Kids Excel in School and Life

As the summer days pass by, parents may find themselves wondering what this upcoming school year has in store for their child’s education. After an unprecedented year of temporary school closures and distance learning, many schools are beginning to open up their doors for students to return to campus for the first time in over a year. 

During distance learning and over the summer, children had more free time on their hands, which some of them used to try coding for the first time. Free online tools targeted towards beginners, such as Tynker, made learning to code easy and accessible. Whether your child began coding over the summer or not, this is the perfect time to try one of our NEW SELF-PACED PLANS. But why is coding so important to a child’s education?

Coding’s Crucial Role in Developing Soft Skills

Learning to code helps kids develop soft skills that will be invaluable to them both during their school years and later in life when choosing a career.

With computer programming, failure is just a part of the creative process. Any professional programmer will tell you that getting all your code right on the first try is about as likely as winning the lottery. Because of this, all coders are equipped with problem-solving skills and resilience.

Another soft skill that coding enhances is communication – which may be surprising until you realize that learning how to code is like learning a new language. The process of coding teaches logical communication because it requires ideas to be expressed concisely and completely for the code to work.

Coding also plays an important role in developing math and writing skills

Coding improves a child’s performance in four critical areas: math, writing, creativity, and confidence.

  • Math: Coding helps children boost their problem-solving skills and teaches them about abstract math concepts, as well as algorithmic and computational thinking. These abilities transfer to learning math in the classroom.
  • Writing: Coding teaches organizational skills that are similar to those needed for writing. Tynker is also a great way for kids to craft their stories in the form of video games.
  • Creativity: Formulating a solution to a programming problem often requires some level of experimentation, which boosts creativity. Coding also strengthens whole-brain thinking. 
  • Confidence: Building programming skills and being able to create and finish projects from scratch improves the confidence level of kids learning to code.

Coding at home

Tynker’s self-paced platform is a great way for children to learn how to code on their own as well supplement the computer programming they’re learning at school.

Tynker offers:

A  Comprehensive Learning Path

Fun adventures, game-like lessons, and interest-based activities motivate kids to continue learning.

  • 1,000+ Hours of Content
  • 60+ Story-Based Courses
  • 4,100+ Activities
  • Engaging Coding Puzzles & Challenges
  • Minecraft, Game Design, Art, & Music
  • Robotics, Java, Web Design, & Python

Guided Interactive Learning

Tynker’s self-guided platform lets our coders learn independently with a hands-on approach that individualizes the learning experience – from block coding to real-world coding languages like Python and JavaScript.

  • Built-in Tutorials
  • How-to Videos
  • Interactive Explanations
  • Mini-Games 
  • Guided Progress
  • Free Play Mode
  • Parent Dashboard

Powerful Creativity Tools

If kids can imagine it, they can build it with code using our creativity suite tools.

  • Tynker Workshop
  • Drawing & Animation Tools
  • 3D Modeling for Minecraft
  • Code Editor for Python & JavaScript
  • Jupyter-style Notebooks
  • Physics Engine
  • Rich Media Gallery

Learning code today will set up your child for future success

Coding is quickly becoming an essential skill, one that will prepare your kids to succeed in an increasingly digital world. The ability to code will open many doors in future job markets. Since Tynker focuses on teaching its users to create their own video games, some kids might even see themselves in the game design industry.

However, there are plenty of other careers where coding skills can come in handy. For example, did you know that computer programming can be used whether you’re a musician, a pastry chef, or even a beekeeper? Jobs like these are discussed in one of Tynker’s games, Barbie™ You Can Be Anything™.

New Tynker Plans

Children can access a limited amount of Tynker content for FREE but can unlock so much more by subscribing to one of our NEW PLANS. Each of the following Individual Plans also has a great Family Plan deal for up to three family members:

  • Tynker Essentials: At $11/month, this plan is perfect for a child who is just starting to code, focusing on teaching them the essentials of block coding.
    • 22 Courses
    • 2,100+ Activities
    • Intro to Block Coding
  • Tynker Plus: At $12.50/month, this provides all the block coding materials as well as introducing robotics and Minecraft Modding.
    • 58 Courses
    • 3,400+ Activities
    • All Block Coding
    • Minecraft Modding
    • Robotics
    • 3 Mobile Apps
  • Tynker All-Access: At $15/month, this grants Tynker users access to not only everything contained in the last 2 plans, but also the materials needed to master more advanced coding languages like Python and JavaScript.
    • 67 Courses
    • 4,500+ Activities
    • All Block Coding
    • Minecraft Modding
    • Robotics
    • 3 Mobile Apps
    • Python
    • Advanced CS

Ages 5-7 can get started with code by solving logic problems and creating simple apps to master coding basics.

Ages 8-13 can build their own apps and games, explore STEM subjects, design Minecraft mods, and control robots and drones.

Ages 14+ can learn real-world coding languages like JavaScript and Python, design websites with HTML and CSS, learn data structures, and prep for AP Computer Science.

We can’t wait to see what your children will create with code! 

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About Tynker

Tynker enables children to learn computer programming in a fun and imaginative way. More than 60 million kids worldwide have started learning to code using Tynker.