IT and engineering or tech-related subjects were once taught only to students who were in college. Eventually, many secondary schools started introducing these concepts through their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curriculum, thereby allowing learners to study these topics at a younger age.
Many primary schools are also starting to include computer science and other tech-related subjects in their STEM programs. Because of this, children who are not in their teens yet can already gain an idea of what these concepts are all about.
Having kids learn computer science and robotics at an early age will give them plenty of advantages that they would otherwise miss out on if they are not taught even the basics of these subjects in school.
This is because when children are introduced to the wonderful world of computer science and robotics, they will:
1. Be primed to live in a tech-driven world
Technology is already part of everyone’s daily life. Nearly all people rely on computers and the Internet for various things: work, entertainment, learning, and even health.
If your kids are not exposed to technology or prepared to live in a world where technology will soon be a way of living, they may encounter difficulties in adjusting and keeping up with the norm.
Your children will be ready and become more confident to live in a tech-driven world when they have an idea of what computer science is all about, its uses, and its importance. They can also stay updated on everything new and useful in the field of IT.
2. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Computer science subjects (particularly coding) and robotics programs help students understand how things work. They are taught the concepts of creating and programming robots and given the chance to put together and bring to life one of their own.
Whether they are still learning the concepts or are already working on their creation, they will constantly be racking their brains to make things work together and how to do them better.
They also have to rely on their stock knowledge, cognitive abilities, and ingenuity to overcome any problems they may have as they work on their projects during the application stage.
These constant mental exercises mean they are continuously developing and enhancing their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They are putting their creativity to good use as well.
3. Learn more math and science concepts
There are several subjects that students have to take up as long as they are in school. Math and science are two of these disciplines.
Computer science and robotics involve learning and applying various math and science concepts. When kids are exposed to these two disciplines, they get the chance to learn more concepts and apply them immediately.
Computer science helps students understand algorithms and how to create them. Kids who are learning to code also acquire more knowledge and skills in using standard arithmetic and algebra.
Robotics, on the other hand, allows students to learn different scientific theories as they work on their robotics kit. These include the concepts of electricity, electromagnetics, tension and force, sound, and speed.
The concepts and skills they acquire from these two subjects will help them as they progress from one year to another academically.
4. Have something that will help them inside the classroom and beyond
Computer science and robotics programs help students learn to process information more logically. When kids master these skills at an early age, they can rely on and use them in various aspects as they learn inside the classroom.
These skills build an excellent foundation that can take them far in terms of academic achievement.
Your children’s academic accomplishments in primary and secondary school can give them an advantage when applying to attend the best universities that will pave the route to their future success.
5. Help guarantee your children’s career success in the future
Technology is the wave of the future. This trend is evident right now. If you want to ensure that your kids will be guaranteed employment in the future, give them the headstart they need by encouraging them to learn about IT and robotics early on.
Learning computer science and robotics will lay the groundwork for your children’s future career. These two fields give kids the technical skills they need to become well-rounded adults, ready to take on any tech-related employment opportunity they will come across in the future.
Their years of background in these fields will allow them to stand out effortlessly once they start looking for work.
With continuous exposure, quality education, training, and hard work, your children can build a promising career in the field of technology.
Children don’t have to rely only on their school to learn about computer science and robotics. If they are interested in these fields and want to start developing the right skills, look for a learning center that offers these programs during summer or holiday breaks and as after-school classes.
As a final tip, don’t forget to help your kids have fun as they learn about computer science and robotics. Aside from giving them robot kits to build and program, let them try VR games or experiences activities that allow them to know more about the different applications of technology.
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.