Learning to Code for Different Age Groups

As children grow up, learning to code offers different levels of skill-building that make it fun and engaging.

Grades K-5

What’s the right age for teaching kids to code? Many experts note that the best time for learning a new language — whether that’s Spanish or computer coding — is in childhood. With their pliable brains, young children have the capabilities to understand multi step commands, follow logic and distinguish fantasy from reality. Learning coding in the elementary years teaches children not to fear technology, no matter where life leads them.

Middle School

In the elementary years, children typically learn to code by manipulating blocks on the computer, much as they play with building blocks in real life. By middle school, they are ready for the challenge of typed code targeting more specific tasks. They can learn to use different coding languages as they apply logic to troubleshooting problems. Learning increasingly complex coding at this stage helps keep them interested in computer science and its applications in the real world.

High School

According to many studies, students who study computer science perform better in other subjects, are excellent problem-solvers and are likelier to attend college. High school students who know coding are equipped to build personalized websites and apps, understand the impact of computers and technology on society, and prepare for careers in a variety of fields, from health care and science to language and the arts.