|Shelly Flais, MD|
Why introduce computer programming concepts to a young child? Much like playing a musical instrument, some of the fundamentals of computer science can be taught even in the primary grades, deepening a child's understanding with time and experience. Even though we use computers, smartphones, and tablet technology frequently, many of us have no personal experience in computer science and we may feel intimidated by the idea of writing computer code. To code is to create computer software instructions that tell the program what to do, step by step. Even younger kids can start to learn these concepts in a fun way.
We parents seek to introduce a variety of experiences and interests to our kids to help educate them and help them find their own passions for their future. I hope you can explore resources to expose your kids to some computer programming basics, no matter what age they are, to help de-mystify the computer sciences for them. Just as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra are included in current school curricula, computer science should be on parents' radar screens as well.