Why Coding Matters
At CodeAdvantage, we understand the need for coding education is absolutely critical. By 2020, over 1 million computing jobs will be unfilled in the US due to lack of candidates with the right skills and experience. While computer science is driving innovation and job growth, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) require significant computer skills. In fact, most industries will require advanced computer literacy making technology skills as critical as reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Regardless of whether your child pursues a career in a computer-related field, the problem solving process that is learned through coding will serve as the foundation for any future career path. Similar to learning a language early in life, learning to program can influence a child’s brain as it continues to develop, thereby creating a rich foundation of critical thinking and a significant advantage in the future.
Leaders agree on the critical importance of coding for children
At a time when people are saying "I want a good job - I got out of college and I couldnt find one," every single year in America there is a standing demand for 120,000 people who are training in computer science.
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.
Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren't enough people who are trained and have these skills today.
Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.
Computers play an increasingly larger role in all fields of science; they're helping us explore outer-space and our solar system. Whether you want to become a doctor or an astronaut, it would help to learn the basics of computer programming.
If you have a daughter, she should go be an engineer.