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3 Reasons to Use Visual Coding in Your Curriculum

The Future Is in Computing

Though computer science, coding, and programming are essential skills to drive innovation in the U.S. economy, K–12 computer science instruction is lacking. According to code.org, there are more than 546,000 open computing jobs nationwide, whereas fewer than 50,000 computer science students entered the workforce last year.

Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the U.S and are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs

58% of new STEM jobs are in computing, but only 7% of STEM degrees are in computing

Only 40% of schools currently offer computer science

No Prior Knowledge (Student or Teacher!) Required

A visual-coding curriculum guides teacher lessons without requiring a mastery of programming

Readability of visual coding makes it intuitive (even for first-time coders!)

“I found that the most engaging computer science curriculum always is centered around some sort of immediate picture of what you’re doing.” – Clayton M., computer science teacher at Cedar Hills ISD in Texas

Promotes Active Learning & Increases Engagement in Computational Thinking

Visual coding in drag-and-drop format is more engaging than lines of code

No typing means no frustrating typos, lowering the barrier to success for students

Including visual coding in a curriculum increases critical-thinking skills essential to overall STEM success

Visual coding in K–12 curricula creates:

 

  • Teachers who are confident in teaching programming and code
  • Students who are engaged and eager learners
  • Exceptional instruction that is vital to the future of computing

robots4STEM

robots4STEM is a practical and feasible computer programming experience that simplifies crucial STEM curricula for students in grades 3–5.

The curriculum:

Is informed by or connected to educational standards—perfect for individual, small-group, and whole-class projects

Provides a competency-based approach to learning to code that allows students to progress at their own pace

Allows students to program a virtual avatar or actual robot to perform the actions the student codes, creating engaged, excited, and empowered learners