More kids are learning coding in school, as educators adjust curriculum to fit 21st century demands of the workplace.

More Kids are Learning CodingWithin the next seven years, the computer and math professions will grow by 18 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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. 

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