We have had a discussion with a lot of parents and most of them used to think that kids interested in coding can help improve math performance and develop strong math skills prior to learning to code. However, it turns out the reverse may also be true and interestingly coding can help kids build math skills and make learning math visual, contextual and even fun which results in the improved application of mathematical concepts.
We have seen considerable improvements in students’ math scores, due to the effectiveness of their CS program. When kids are learning to code, they develop key skills like problem solving and practice algorithmic and computational thinking and when they learn to code with Code Crayon, they have fun at the same time! Code Crayon curriculum ensures tapping into a broader skill set and include ways of breaking down and analyzing problems that translate across the curriculum and are particularly helpful when it comes to math.
Whether kids are learning to code at school or at home, we can clearly see an impact on their overall academic performance and how they start approaching the problem! Here is how coding can contribute in improving and even leveraging math skills:
Coding helps kids visualize abstract concepts
Grasping and absorbing abstract math concepts can be a challenge to many and even put them off the subject entirely, we have seen this when teachers follow “text” approach. Code Crayon can help children visualize abstract math concepts and even help in contextualize them.
“Most common cross curricular benefits of computer programming and coding is that kids have an edge and understand easier while picking up math skills,” says Akshay, a computer science teacher. “While they are working on any basic concept, it is observed that, for kids, it is easier to visualize numbers instead of using fingers for calculations which is a very generic tendency for the age. They visualize the equation and think of the best way to solve it.” A lot of teachers have reported that “improvement in math skills after coding inclusion”.
Kids explore the real-world applications of math concepts
Colouring Spaceships and understand their geometries or creating their own animation through Code Crayon, or even electronics, which is a great way for kids to see applications of math strategies.
It is researched that kids develop stronger math skills when applying concepts in a real-world context, the computational thinking involved during computer programming that integrates logic, organizing and analyzing data, and breaking a problem into smaller and more manageable parts results in improved ability and agility in solving academic math problems!”
Coding teaches real life problem-solving skills
In Code Crayon we strongly believe that coding is an effective method of teaching mathematical thinking. Whenever a kid debugs a program, they practice solving problems and even relooking the same problem form a different angle. Math teachers find that Code Crayon’s lessons can be a great way to teach pattern identification also. Teachers can assign various activities and encourage students to find solutions with math as a tool.
Coding makes math fun
Without thinking about it, kids are able to identify attributes and grouping variables, apply conditional logic on their own for a set command, developing algorithmic functions and create visual processes, and even calculating angles within geometric shapes that can help a spacecraft land on the moon!
But most of all, kids are themselves trying to articulate hypotheses to solve real life challenges, and apply trial-and-error strategies that is potentially required by any field of study.
It is a fact that real coding requires real math to correctly calculate wait times and processed, set and stop score counters, calculate starting and ending points, and time interactions within characters in their games and even users.
Feel free to share your views! At Code Crayon, there is no limitation to expression and creativity! So go ahead hit that comment button and share your views/code/game with us, we may also include it in our curriculum and you will get to teach others!