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At What Age Should Kids Learn Programming?

We are living in a digital age where almost everything dependent on computer systems. Be it a hospital, a departmental store, a school or some research center, computer systems have become an integral part of their routine operations. With the huge dependency on computers, the demand for programmers is also high.
Keeping in view this trend, a question arises that at what age we should teach kids to learn and write computer programs. The answer to this question is straight forward, we should teach our children programming as early as possible. There are several reasons to that, some of which are listed below:
  • Learning to program develops problem solving ability in children and they see real world problems more analytically.
  • As aforementioned, learning to program has become more of a necessity owing to transformation from analog to digital world.
  • Research shows that children under the age of 7 learn programming more rapidly.
  • Programming whets creative skills of the children by teaching them to transform their ideas into something practical via software application.
  • Programming when taught right is fun. It can be a source of entertainment and learning for the children at the same time.
There are various famous personality who started programming early in their life and went on to become successful entrepreneurs. Bill Gates started programming at the age of 13. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, started programming at 12. Similarly, Steve Jobs and Steve Woznyak also said to have an interest in computer and electronics by the early age of 10.

It can be concluded from the above facts that children should be taught to learn programming as early as possible. Research shows that children between the ages of 4 to 6 years learn foreign languages more easily than the children of older age. Therefore, it is safe to say that children of 5 year should be taught to program and code.

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