Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Learning to Code with LEGO

From making phone calls to booking a hotel, technology has changed the way we live. So it’s no surprise that learning to code, which was once optional only for the bravest and “geekiest” among us, is becoming less and less of a choice for people in search of in-demand careers. More and more employers are looking for people with basic coding skills; and with the accessibility of coding classes, learning to code can be one of the best ways for people to make a big change.

This is especially true for the younger generation. Similar to learning any other language, coding skills are best developed young. And there’s great news: with companies like LEGO, developing critical coding and computer skills is as easy as playing with a favorite toy!

Among other initiatives, LEGO has created the WeDo 2.0 system, which is a combination of software and hardware that gives children over 40 hours of hands-on practice with the basic skills that allow one to code. Children are able to build, program and modify their projects. It’s a fantastic entry point into a sought-after skill!

Bits and Bricks

Created by LEGO, Bits and Bricks is an innovative game geared towards children as young as 5 and 6. It's part of the national Hour of Code campaign, which was created to help excite kids about computer coding. Child and adult LEGO fans alike will love Bits the Bot, a scrappy little character who just “can’t get his programs right.”

Create Your Own Robot

Our favorite part of computer coding with LEGO? It’s not just about being on the computer! You’ll still be able to get your child away from the screen and out into the “real world,” which is something we’ve always loved about LEGO sets in general. Children are able to use the pieces and make their own robot from Bricks and Bits. Once completed, they can then design a coding game for it. In addition, they can create an imaginary world that's full of obstacles by designing movement cards to include right turn, left turn and forward.

Children never too young to learn something new. By implementing a fun learning environment, they are even more receptive and eager to learn. Whether it's learning a second language or coding computers, knowledge is power.

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