CodeKey is an after-school coding club run by teachers and parents for students in K-8. The club introduces students to the world of coding through fun, interactive, and age-appropriate learning activities using animated characters and Lego®-like blocks of code.
CodeKey works in conjunction with the school, parents, Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Educators and High School Honor Society volunteers to help promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related topics. CodeKey places a strong emphasis on computer science and computer programming.
Students use CodeKey’s program and an online curriculum first developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.
CodeKey provides a stepping stone to the world of computer programming. Students will quickly gain a better understanding and appreciation of coding concepts through interactive games and activities.
These skills will help prepare students for high demand jobs in a 21st- century workforce. These valuable skills could empower our students to one day create amazing new applications that could change peoples’ lives.
What is coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, this website – they're all made with code. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computing jobs in the U.S. and only 400,000 computer science students. Recent data show less than 2.4 percent of college students graduating with a degree in computer science. The gap is largest when we look at the numbers of women. Girls make up less than 12 percent of this projected student body. What will these statistics look like in 2025? Be an advocate for coding and introduce children to coding now!
Just like learning how to ride a bike, learning how to code is easier when you are young. Even four year old children can learn the basic concepts of computing. There are new types of software and updated instructional methods that keep kids interested and excited about computer programming. Kids will not have to spend hours studying the specifics of coding. Instead, they can use fun games and apps to help teach them the basics of computer coding.
The current generation of children will need to be literate in technology in order to be competitive in the future job market. Not knowing how to code will be comparable to not knowing how to read. Most jobs require the knowledge of basic IT skills, while even retail and fast food jobs require the use of technology and computers. These benefits of learning programming at a young age helps kids to gain advantages in thinking, processing and communicating. These skills will later help kids to be innovative, which will translate into nearly any profession. From physicians to musicians, being able to program and develop computer apps and software can translate into success.