More kids are learning coding in school, as educators adjust curriculum to fit 21st century demands of the workplace.
Schools participate in Hour of Code and use that as a starting point for ongoing instruction. The Hour of Code is an international event in December organized by Code.org. Coding can start as young as kindergarten.
“Years ago when I taught kindergarten, computers were just getting introduced and we taught basic things,” said Sunaina Bajaj, a teacher at Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, a private school.
“(Now) look at this. It’s robots,” Bajaj said, gesturing around her.
Bajaj teaches fourth grade and her students work with iPads, writing code for a Sphero round ball. It followed their commands as it rolled along the floor through mazes.