Why learning to code is important?

If students are good at computers and web applications, they can achieve success academically as well as professionally. Teaching students how to program a computer is as valuable as teaching them how to operate it.

“Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.“ – Arianna Huffington, Founder, The Huffington Post

“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.“- Bill Gates

Programming makes student a tech genius, creates multiple career opportunities, builds logical thinking, becomes a great hobby and develops skills. Learning to code is no longer difficult with the present technology, there are many technological approaches that help your kids learn to program with ease.

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Hopscotch

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Hopscotch is an easy to use programming language with a lot more features than Daisy. Students can include a variety of colourful and engaging characters on their ‘stage’, and program them to move/rotate to set distances/angles, again using a drag and drop interface.

There are also a wider variety of ‘when’ commands available (eg when I tilt the ipad down). Within half an hour of using the 2 programs, children were drawing squares, amending their programs to be more efficient etc. There is also the inbuilt feature of saving/sharing programs included in Hopscotch.

Daisy the Dinosaur

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Daisy the Dinosaur is good to introduce students to the basic concepts of coding. Beginning with ‘Challenge Mode’, students are encouraged (although never shown how) to make Daisy move around the screen. She can move, jump, spin, shrink and grow. The repeat function can be used, as can the ‘when’ (ie when I shake/touch the iPad) command, all through a simple drag and drop interface. Students can then move onto ‘free play’ mode, although once the small range of skills involved have been mastered, they will definitely be ready to move onto something a fair bit more challenging.

LEGO Mindstorm Fix the Factory

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Meet EV3RSTORM, the cool LEGO MINDSTORMS robot who can walk, rotate, grab, shoot and put the misplaced battery packs at the NOGO factory back in their right place – if you tell him the right moves to do it!

Help EV3RSTORM navigate the massive NOGO factory maze and put the dislocated batteries back in place to proceed to the next level. But watch out, it’s not as easy as it seems. And you never know which challenges the floors inside the factory are going to present to you!

Fix The Factory is a puzzle game full of unexpected obstacles that are guaranteed to challenge your logic thinking, your spatial intelligence and your robot commanding skills.

The game is packed with fun sound effects, challenging puzzles, cool robot functions, great level designs and a funky robotic soundtrack.

See you if you can complete all levels and earn the maximum score based on:
– Least number of attempts
– Least number of moves
– Least amount of errors
– Shortest time