Coding is a gateway to interactive, creative and attainable solutions that matter. It’s also a powerful driver of creativity. Don’t take our word for it– Apple’s revered founder, the late Steve Jobs also said that everyone should learn how to code or program “because it teaches you how to think”. Before we jump into it, it’s important to note that coding and programming are the same– programming is just used as the larger umbrella term.
Encourages problem solving
Problem solving is often posited as a very adult phenomenon but, in reality, it permeates every phase of our lives. Coding from a young age develops and hones this skill, not least because it places a problem before children and encourages them to find a solution.
Gives children control
Coding places the reins of creativity and learning in children’s hands. Despite the initial guidance, it doesn’t take too long before the training wheels come off and they’re encouraged to engage in programming that solves a challenge. After their first taste of creativity, and the satisfaction that comes of putting together a solution from scratch, children won’t look back to outdated methods of learning.
Facilitates out-of-the-box thinking
As any other artist would, programmers are also faced with conundrums that require offbeat solutions. The programmer that’s most successful in their solutioning is often the one that knows what rules exists and how they can masterfully bend them. Instead of these frameworks functioning as watertight boxes, they’re guidelines through which an innovative solution is realised.
Develops confidence in creative expression
Coding is a safe ground for unlimited creative expression and solutions. This is realised in Modo’s courses, all five levels of which are centred on coding. The Jumpstart programme, in particular, teaches rookies a programming language called ‘Scratch’ through a ‘recreate-tinker-challenge’ model. Students are first asked to create an existing project once again, to understand how it works. During the tinker stage, they’re encouraged to make changes to the existing programme as these lay bare the world of changes they’re able to make with just a simple twist in the code. The third and final step is that of the challenge, where students are faced with a real-world problem that they can resolve, from scratch, with their newly developed coding skills.
Conclusion: “Creativity is intelligence having fun!”
This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, encapsulates the spirit behind using coding to spark and power creativity. Coding involves making use of programming languages, existing theoretical frameworks and evolving tools to generate solutions to the most complex of problems. Naturally, this fires up creativity and the creation of galvanising solutions.
As students climb step by step up the coding ladder, confidence in creative expression and thinking is developed– the end program being a result of vision, technique and raw creativity. Keen on exploring the world of creativity through coding? Head to modo.one to learn more.