After each class we like to ask the students if they think they learned something. The answer is generally a unanimous, loud “NO!” Especially in the summer … there can’t possibly be any learning going on in the summer, can there?
Then we remind the students of new terms and concepts like loops, events, conditionals, randomness, and variables. And then those big words like modularization and algorithm. Oh, yeah, they say … I guess we did learn something. The catcher is that they didn’t realize they were learning. They certainly didn’t realize they were doing math, solving problems, writing, creating, keyboarding, sharing, developing their logical and critical thinking, working together and gaining confidence to know they can do challenging things! Nope, they skipped right over all that because they were simply just having fun.
Not only do kids have fun and learn coding, but they are also exposed to math, solving problems, critical thinking, writing, creating, sharing, and working together, while gaining confidence.
At YouthCode, we desire to help youth learn coding in a fun way! Actually, it’s better if students don’t realize they are learning because then they just listen, laugh, imagine and become inspired to create.