With the fast-evolving technology a good knowledge of how technology works has become an integral part of most professions. Learning to program is no longer optional. Learning to code is like learning any other language, starting early has its own advantages like, it strengthens the thought process, assimilation of content is easier, ability to grasp content is much better.
In less than a decade, almost every meaningful career will require coding:
- The best scientists use Python & R to solve complex calculations & formulate theories
- The best doctors are using AI to detect and cure rare diseases
The best way to help your child learn to code is by introducing them to a fundamental language and then moving onto an advanced one.
Let’s look at the list of 10 best Programming Languages for Kids in 2021.
Here is the list of the top 10 kids coding languages in 2021: These languages start from the basic and then move to an advanced one.
Scratch is a block-based programming language designed for beginners in the age group of 8 to 16 years. With an interactive and easy to understand interface this language is a definite hit among beginners. It lets children develop computational thinking without having to worry about the syntax of a language. Children can create fun and engaging coding projects, while also building skills like creativity, storytelling, and logical thinking. Cuemath’s Game Development curriculum teaches children Scratch. Our course is aimed at helping kids master fundamentals and have fun in developing some cool and relevant digital posters, cards, invites, Single & multi-player games, and interactions.
The image shown above is one of the first projects that children in Cuemath develop as a part of understanding Scratch. Observe that all the commands are written in blocks.
Python is an easy and sophisticated programming language. It is widely popular because of its English-like syntax making it easy to learn and understand. Python has a strong inbuilt library that helps to create any simple or complex programs with finesse. At Cuemath we teach python to children who are 11+ years old. The program starts with teaching turtle graphics, this essentially guarantees a smooth transition from block-based coding to text-based coding. The course provides a strong visual component that keeps students engaged. With Cuemath’s very own platform to learn python, it is easy to learn and assess the language. The course also entails prototyping apps and programs that children want to build.
The image shows an output of the code written on the left. Observe the code carefully, it is convenient and easy to understand.
Ruby is a highly flexible programming language used in many applications by companies like Twitter and others. Ruby was developed in 1993 and has become one of the most accepted and widely used languages across the programming fraternity. Ruby supports a simple syntax and a natural object-oriented architecture for the programmers to understand. It helps the kids think through the glasses of object-oriented programming.
HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is used to create web pages and web applications. CSS or Cascading Style Sheets simply alters and enhances the appearance of a web page or web application. Children can learn the basics of web development by learning HTML/CSS. HTML is a tag-based language that can create the design of a web page or application. CSS defines the styles for all the elements that are present on the web page created using HTML. All web pages are internally made up of HTML content. Children can learn HTML quickly as it is simple to understand with wider application.
The image shown above shows the HTML code for Cuemath’s website.
Pronounced as C sharp, C# is a popular programming language developed around the year 2000 by Microsoft. C# is mostly used to build third-party applications on windows. This programming language is amongst the top four most used languages. It runs on the .Net framework, which provides its user an umbrella of utilities to create scalable programs and applications. It is used to develop games, web applications, windows applications, etc. Microsoft provides a plethora of videos and documentation of all the C# language topics for children to learn and play around with this language.
Java has been around for almost two decades. With a huge repository of online resources, children can learn and grasp the knowledge to create programs and applications with this most widely used language. Many e-commerce websites, games, and big data technologies have also been written in Java. It is easy to learn and use. It is a preferred language for beginner and intermediate coders. With its wide application, learning Java will open potential career avenues. Learners can now refer to all the online resources available to learn this language.
C++ is a cross-platform programming language used to create highly efficient applications. It is one of the oldest languages around and has not lost relevance or usage. Kids can learn C++ programming by installing any C++ compiler and begin programming.
For kids who are interested in developing games, Lua is a great language to begin programming. Popular Games like Angry Birds and World of Warcraft use Lua as a programming base. Learning Lua can make children accustomed to game development. Lua’s popularity in the gaming industry is mainly due to its speed and efficiency. Lua would be an interesting choice for children who have gained some exposure to text-based coding and want to learn the mechanics of game development.
Coding will be a mandate in the near future. It is best to start early and set the foundations right. Explore Cuemath’s coding program to understand what suits your child the best. Know what’s in store for your children, and how an expert Cuemath teacher can add value to your child’s programming journey. To experience a coding class, book a demo and get in touch with our academic counsellor.
At Cuemath we believe that learning to code at an early age is crucial. Cuemath provides live 1:1 Live Online Coding classes and Math classes. Cuemath’s coding curriculum is class-leading providing a unique blend between the basics of programming and real-life projects using current computer technologies helping students achieve mastery. Book a demo and get in touch with our academic counsellor to get the best course for your child.
-By Chandni Shrivastava
Chandni is adroit in education and her knack for understanding the core needs of the system and unique pedagogies to address them draws inspiration from her early days of a Master's degree in Psychology. A thorough believer in "Every student deserves quality education"; she has worked with various institutions and non-profits. When not absorbed in making the education system better, she is a self claimed foodie who loves exploring cuisines and even runs a blog called 'whatsforlunch' for her fellow foodie folks in Mumbai and Bangalore. She indulges in reading, occasional binge watching and forever collecting new magnets.