As part of our CanSat project, we were required to have coding skills. We are coding our sensors to take measurements from our satellite. Many people get turned off when they hear they need to code, but coding is just like learning a new way of a plying problem solving skills you already have.
Code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer programme, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age.
Over the next 10 years it is estimated that there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer sciences and only around 400,000 graduates qualified to do them.
Jobs not directly linked to computer sciences – such as banking, medicine and journalism – will also be affected by the need for at least an understanding of programming and coding.
Linda Liukas , co-founder of coding workshop programme Rail Girls, believes that coding is “the literacy of the 21st century” and the need for people to speak the ABC of programming is imminent.
We believe coding is something every person should try and gain a basic understanding of. To promote and influence coding in our school we introduced and play coding games such as Blockly and Light bot. We took the 5th year Ag Science to the computer room and taught them the basics and they all achieved 10 levels of coding!
These games teach students (even young kids) the basics of coding and they have great fun learning these skills. The games we use are suitable for ages 5+.
I learnt coding myself in the coder dojo in LIT Thurles from Jacqueline Humphires, who has since set up a coder dojo in our school. Please feel free to get in touch with ourselves or our school if you want to get involved in learning to code!