(This post is in partnership with MVCode)
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Learn Math and Science Concepts in a Fun Way
Learning to code offers kids the chance to design their own games and apps, which requires a working knowledge of some foundational math and science concepts. The founder of MVCode, Doug Tarr, explains,
“A big area of coding is in simulations. When kids are making a game or an app, they often want it to have ‘lifelike’ properties. For example, if they want to make their character jump, they don’t want him to float in the air or just immediately come up and down.
So, they’ll make their game, and they’ll ask how they do that. For example, how to make jumping more lifelike. They need to understand a few concepts. Gravity, and how that works. Velocity and acceleration, to model gravity. Positive and negative numbers, to model velocity and acceleration. Cartesian coordinates, to map it back to their characters on the screen.”
This is essentially learning through play, which we know is critical in early childhood development and many experts advocate should continue into grade school. MVCode is giving kids this chance.