Dear Parents, This is Why Coding is the New ABC

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Coding nowadays has become one of the growing methods of learning. We are living in an era where Artificial Intelligence (AI). Where we have machines that can think like humans. They have become more advanced than before. Did you know that in 1997, World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov was once bested by an AI named Deep Blue? The chess genius also played against the artificial intelligence program Deep Junior. And only managed to draw! Deep Junior unlike Deep Blue, used algorithms. Such programming was the conventional method.

Coding nowadays has become one of the growing methods of learning. We are living in an era where Artificial Intelligence (AI). Where we have machines that can think like humans. They have become more advanced than before. Did you know that in 1997, World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov was once bested by an AI named Deep Blue? The chess genius also played against the artificial intelligence program Deep Junior. And only managed to draw! Deep Junior unlike Deep Blue, used algorithms. Such programming was the conventional method.

With coding, your kids are taking baby steps toward advanced intelligence. This is why Coding is the new ABC; (a) It involves tasks such as implementing the trial and error method (b) Generating new ideas with the application of algorithmic thinking, (c) and exercising a new way of thinking known as divergent thinking.

#1. Trial and Error

This method involves trying one possible solution after another. Until you reach a successful one. Remember the block game where kids try one piece after another until finding the one that fits? That is an example of trial and error learning, but coding made it tech-savvy!

#2. Algorithmic Thinking

Algorithms are specific, step-by-step procedures for solving certain types of problems. Algorithms will always result in a correct solution, for instance, mathematical formulas. When technicians repair electrical components, they are also applying algorithms. Here, analysis requires mathematical knowledge to create schematics. In coding, lines of code that make up the program need to be in the right place, otherwise, you’ll face errors. These errors are like a trigger to your kid’s curiosity. This in turn challenge their debugging skills as they figure out what’s wrong. That thought process sharpens their algorithmic skills.

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#3. Divergent Thinking

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Divergent thinking trains a person to take an idea and see many outcomes. For example, if someone were to ask the question “What is a pencil used for?” The convergent answer would be “to write.” Whereas a divergent thinker will come out with various answers. Such as “writing, poking holes, a weapon”. Coding skills shape your kids to have divergent thinking. This assists their creativity in problem-solving as well as in the formation of ideas. For some creativity is intuitive but it is possible to develop one’s creativity. Why does this matter? Creativity fuels solutions to real-world problems. That’s what we need from our younger generation – people who can solve problems to change the world for the better!

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