Computers, smartphones and tablets aren’t going anywhere. To keep up with the growing demand for newer and smarter tech devices, more companies are hopping on the programming bandwagon and marketing tech coding to kids. The hope behind this tech trend is to get children interested in the coding language early on — a new generation that intimately understands the language of technology. Some schools have even made coding a part of their curriculum.
People have realized the value of getting children involved in coding early on (especially girls and minorities), and it’s an easy sell for parents. But how, exactly, are companies make coding cool to the iGeneration?
For the week of December 7-12, 2015, Apple has as announced that it will host free in-store ‘Hour of Code’ workshops for kids all over the world. In support of Code.org, Apple will host more than 1,400 workshops in 18 countries throughout the week. To get kids excited, these workshops will feature games on their latest products and explanation sessions with developers and organizations that support computer science and education.
California technology toy company engages kids in coding with robots. By integrating cutting-edge hardware and software experiences, Wonder Workshop teaches children to code with beautifully designed robots, Dash and Dot. Dash and Dot can be programed using a mobile drive, and kids can learn while they play and code on their own.
Hopscotch is an app allows you to make games while coding. Targeted towards smartphone-obsessed kids, Hopscotch makes coding easy with emojis and simplified coding concepts. The New York-based startup meets kids where they are — on smart devices — and encourages them to learn the programing language.
Got any tech-obsessed children in your family? Get them started early—Wonder Workshop and Hopscotch could be the perfect holiday gift for any future coders!