Code To The Future
Research shows that coding helps students become collaborative team players and creative thinkers who can demonstrate systematic reasoning skills. One researcher found that coding “increases problem-solving skills: being able to follow programming logic trains the mind to think in more analytical ways and debugging a program leads to better problem-solving skills” (Golpin, 2014). Learning to become a creator (rather than merely a consumer) of technology has many benefits. Students “construct, hypothesize, explore, experiment, evaluate, and draw conclusions in the process of creating a game” (Schwarz, 1999). Learning how to code “helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity” (www.code.org, accessed January 29th, 2018). Other researchers have noted that computer programming promotes good work habits, to include checking one’s work for details, applying logic, persisting with a task, and collaborating with a team (Heese, 2014). Here at Chaparral, we have definitely seen this research in action! We are also happy to share that although there’s plenty of rigorous learning involved, coding games and robots is just plain FUN! Please come to an Epic Build to see our students’ pride in their creations and hear their presentations about how they constructed their special projects using technology that will give them a competitive edge in an ever-changing world.