Today, there are many programming languages to choose from and every one of them differs in complexity and ease-of-use. We’re often asked what is a good age to start learning programming/coding for kids and which is the right language, they should start with. Let’s take a deep dive into this topic:
It’s common knowledge that young children acquire foreign languages rapidly. So why not the computer vernacular? The kids begin to understand logic and 5-8 steps commands and also the difference between reality and fantasy at the age of 9. These are all important concepts for beginning to learn programming. If kids are taught to think logically and even computationally at a young age, they will be able to learn complex programming more easily in adulthood.
The hardest part of coding for beginners is about understanding new ideas and concepts. Most computer languages, especially older ones like C, require a lot of textbook learning before the fun starts. If you want to program in C, you must learn difficult syntax first. Most beginners, especially younger ones, get overwhelmed and frustrated within a short period of time. They lose interest or develop an aversion towards coding before they even start writing the actual code.
- Unlike the majority of programming languages, Python’s syntax is concise and easily readable by humans. It mirrors the human language far better than any other programming language which makes it an ideal language for beginners. It just makes sense.
- Writing code in Python is similar to writing commands in plain English. As beginners, kids will quickly pick up the basics and learn how to use this language for game development and animation.
- It’s an amazing, text-based coding language, perfectly suited for children older than the age of 9. With Python, youngsters can begin to transform their ideas into reality and there are a number of exciting resources that can help them do this.
- According to Stack Overview, the largest and most trusted online community for coders, Python is the fastest-growing programming language of 2018. If it maintains this rate, the Stack Overview staff believes that by the end of 2019, Python will outpace other coding languages in terms of active use.
Scratch Vs Python:
A comprehensive survey with STEM educators confirms that most educators start with introducing Scratch, Lego / Robotics and Minecraft and stop there. They keep using Scratch well past its ‘use-by date’ as a way of ticking the ‘coding’ box. Unfortunately this is a disservice to our children for a number of reasons: (a) children get the wrong impression of what coding is; (b) they will very quickly get bored of Scratch, with the risk that they will get bored of coding under the impression that coding is the same as Scratch; and (c) they are not learning ‘proper’ programming and therefore lag behind children who are.
We believe that from the age of 9, they should be getting a flavor of what proper coding looks like and Python is the language of choice for beginners.
Our Curriculum is broadly divided in 3 categories:
- “P for Python” – Basic ( kids without Python programming background)
- “P for Python” – Intermediate (for kids, who have completed the basic curriculum successfully)
- “P for Python” – Advanced (for kids, who have completed the intermediate curriculum successfully)