A Skill for Life. - 2014 Is The Year Of Code

It’s undeniable that the Internet is becoming increasingly important to the future generation, opportunities are plentiful in areas that 10 years ago did not exist.

The ability to code is unfamiliar, but many do not realise they are presented with code everyday. From pinning, tweeting, updating your Facebook status – to simply checking the time on your smartphone.

The ability to code is rare, but very rewarding. By 2020, employment in digital will rise by 22%, with the strongest demand predicted to be for software developers.

In 2012, Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik co-founded ‘Code Club’- a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

From September 2014, coding will be introduced to the primary school curriculum. England was the first country in the world to introduce computer programming as a compulsory school subject, teaching coding from the earliest levels – other countries following suit are New Zealand, South Korea, the US, Israel. This year, the UK will be the first major G20 economy place to introduce code into the heart of the school curriculum on a national level.

Children as young as 5 will be taught not only how to use popular word-processing programmes like Microsoft Word, but also how they are made.

A project called ‘Craft Computer Club’ is set to teach children how to code though paper craft. Keeping to a creative approach, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Ambassador Dan Bridge, a Cardiff- based developer and educator, is trying to raise £35,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to get the concept of the ground.

“The Craft Computer is a paper model of a computer children can make using everyday materials like card, scissors, glue, string,” says Dan.

Image taken from thegaurdian.com

Image taken from thegaurdian.com

“Through building it and other models they’re introduced to the fundamental principles behind computing such as the important parts inside and what they do, what files are, binary numbers, how pixels create images, how the Internet works and ultimately algorithms and programming. And we do it together, in fun, simple, bite sized pieces.”

Intended to promote technology entrepreneurship and creative thinking -2014 is set to be “The Year Of Code

 

If this kind of resource was available to a 10 year old me, allowing me to understand the fundamental practices within code - I would have mastered the craft far quicker as an adult.

As a self-taught coder I relied on YouTube videos and blog posts to understand the key principles of CSS and HTML. I believe this is a fantastic opportunity for our future developers, programmers and system analysts, giving them the basic stepping-stones to become the best in their field.

Year Of Code - Video below.