Learning computer science sounds boring for children and extremely difficult for parents to understand. But kids are growing up in a tech-world and parents should learn to manage the evolution of technology and the future of their children. Unfortunately, less than 40 percent of the schools in the U.S. teach digital competencies and only 10 percent of the schools in some countries, especially Latin America, Asia, and Africa have access to the internet.
It’s one thing to use technologies and it’s another know the logic behind them. Learning to code increase the odds of a lucrative STEM career, especially in a world where computing jobs are growing at over twice the national average. Programming gives the base to be extremely creative, provide the ability to build paths and solutions and motivates children, to not only simply interact with technology but create and express oneself in new ways.
Entrepreneurs are trying to make the learning of code easy and fun for kids, like Happy Code, a startup that offers digital competencies learning for children and teenagers from 5 to 17 years old. The company’s STEM methodology of teaching includes courses in computer programming, drone robotics, game development, and applications. The startup is intensely growing more than 80 schools in the U.S., Europe and South America, and already impact lives of thousands of children.
Thinking about the possibilities that Happy Code founders started a new startup project, MakePi, that use their ideas to develop products to inspire and empower STEM learners, makers and educators to develop technology skills in the U.S. Their mission is to change the way of education, even in the most remote places through a DIY computer based on Raspberry Pi called MakePad.
MakePad is a 10.1″ touchscreen display tablet that children can assemble by their own hands. The operational system is customized for STEM education and doesn’t need internet connection. The proprietary applications allow kids to learn to code, create digital music, develop games, apps, and more.
MakePi will launch the MakePad on a crowdfunding platform in November.