It’s no secret that learning to code teaches valuable STEM skills. But what some parent’s don’t realize is that working with code teaches kids how to breakdown complex problems taught in other subjects, like science and math, by offering a visual approach. According to Stanford University taking a visual approach to math instruction at the K-12 level leads to more success in the subject.
Coding is a system of symbols and rules used to represent instructions to a computer, like language – the same type of language that is a vital component to how people communicate in many fields. Coding is a skill that can influence every academic discipline by providing kids with the opportunity to be creative, which helps with brain development. Students today use coding to create apps for science fairs, produce 3D printed art or even customize Minecraft Mods.
The skills that kids pick up as they learn to code transcend into many subjects. While it’s clear that coding helps students succeed in STEM courses, coding also helps with the development of skills necessary to succeed in other areas – like English and history.
These valuable lessons help students succeed throughout their academic careers, and beyond. Here are 3 ways learning to code helps in other subjects:
- Teaches kids how to engage. It’s not easy during a long school day to keep kids engaged. Memorizing names, dates and places in history class doesn’t interest most students. Learning to code – and create with coding – not only requires focus, but also encourages critical thinking. For example, school districts around the US, such as Fairfax County Public Schools use technology to encourage critical thinking in history classes, leading to higher engagement. With higher critical thinking skills students don’t simply memorize history facts, they think critically about how history is written and why.
- Teaches kids how to tell stories. When they create with coding, kids can see their ideas come to life. As they strengthen their ability to code, they create complex stories, which require thinking skills. In storytelling, kids need to understand the consequences of characters’ actions and come up with logical details. Knowing how to create complex stories and connect ideas is necessary in writing papers – especially in English classes where students are expected to explain and explore intricate themes in literature.
- Teaches kids how to organize. To see the results of their coding projects, kids must remain organized when entering numbers and symbols. One false colon and the project won’t display correctly! With coding, kids learn to pay attention to these details. Being organized is useful in any school subject whether it’s outlining a paper for English or taking notes for history. By the time kids reach their future careers being organized will be expected.
Learning to code is a valuable skill for success in any classroom subject and early exposure helps in integrating these skills into a kid’s life. In fact, a study conducted by Google found that students involved in computer science were 46% more likely to pursue this interest, which means they’ll succeed in other subjects through their education. As careers in computer science continue to grow and integrate into all professional fields, a well-rounded education will be necessary for success.