Guest article written by: Jimmy Sorensen
The latest trend in the summer camping arena seems to have taken a technological swing where kids are taken away from their video games to create more video games and other such fun applications. Coding camps for kids begins for those who are seven years and older.Coding camps have taken the country by storm with around 28,000 kids enrolling in these programs to learn about coding and application development. According to code.org, by 2020, there will be approximately 1.4 million computing jobs, but only 400,000 computer science students, which would give rise to a great scarcity in the field.
The Demand for Coding Camps
Kids are fascinated by technology and coding camps give them an opportunity to learn the basics of what goes into developing a new software or application. With the expansion of software development into new dimensions encompassing mobile technology and 6th Sense Technology, to go a step further, the field is hot and there are a lot of takers for well-qualified coders. Coding camps give a taste of the real activities through exercises, whereby kids can learn how to build their own games as one of the activities, thus planting the seeds of interest in science and computers so that they can meet the growing industry demand for web developers, animators, and app creators.
What do Students Learn?
At the elementary level, children of seven years are generally taught softwares such as Adobe, Photoshop and gaming softwares such as Multimedia Fusion to make arcade games. Kids are taught the fun aspects of building a game, which include the characterization, the background, the purpose and so on. For older kids, the curriculum includes designing apps, 3-D games using Unreal Developer’s kit, along with learning programming languages such as Java and C++. The camps are conducted for one day and/or for a month. The fees are quite nominal. Quite often, organizations enroll the help of volunteer professionals to assist in training the students.
The Reason for Popularity
Despite the adoption of technology for teaching in the classroom and also in other aspects of a child’s life, coding is not covered in elementary or high schools. Coding camps are attempting to bridge this gap through short-term courses that kids can take up in their free time or during vacations. Hopefully, these camps might get students interested in learning more about the subject and pursue a future career in the field.
Software Programming Profession
The scope for a career in software programming is vast and the future is bright as the demand for technology is growing by the day. Technology pervades every aspect of our daily lives, be it work or personal. Mobile technology, especially, is stretching the demand for application developers. There is a burgeoning demand for Software development companies and freelancers alike and there is room for everyone. The industry pays well and the median annual wage for a computer programmer was $71,380 in 2010; while for network and computer systems administrators, it is currently $69,160 as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Very few schools offer a course in computer programming despite the huge demand created in the industry. Registering students for these activities is a fun way to possibly guide them toward a career that might just be their calling.
About the author:
Jimmy Sorensen is associated with a leading summer camp. Having been closely associated with kids for several years Jimmy Sorensen has seen how children who find coding a challenge can be made to master the subject through fun-filled practical sessions. For more information on coding camps you can contact Jimmy Sorensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.