The average high school student constantly interacts with technology on a daily basis. Technology surrounds us everywhere we go, and no one knows that more than today’s adolescents. But the irony here is that they have little-to-no formal training in how computers actually work. They can practically send a snapchat with their eyes closed, but can they write a line of code or design a website? These are two of the many concepts students learn when enrolled in a computer science course.
There is a common misconception that skills taught in these courses are only useful if you want to be a computer scientist. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure some of the concepts may be quite specific, such as computing languages like Java, Scratch, Python, and HTML which are all commonly taught in these courses. But think about it: all industries today use computing. Computer science offers students 21st Century life skills to prepare them to be innovators, regardless of the field of work they choose to pursue. Starting these classes at an early age yields exponential benefits to a student.
The application of skills learned in computer science courses is not limited to the computer science field. Here are some highly applicable skills that all students in a computer science course will learn which will prepare them for countless opportunities in many different fields.
- Problem Solving: Programming is essentially a fancy word for problem solving. It requires students to consider the problem at hand and work to find the most concise solution. Problem solving skills are essential in all workplace settings whether you work as part of a team or on individual projects. They can be applied to any industry, any job, and any task.
- Logical reasoning is also an essential skill used in coding. It uses a series of procedures to come to a conclusion. It also places the focus on how things work in order to better understand what the outcome will be. These skills can be applied to so many real-life situations.
- Design: Computer Science also teaches students how to design and develop creative solutions to new problems and questions. It forces them to think outside the box as they explore various solutions.
When you think about a typical math or science requirement in high school, it’s likely that computer science does not readily come to mind. But these days skills like programming and computer science are highly sought after in the work force. Projections made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics predict a “37.5% growth from 2012 to 2022 in the computer systems design and related services industry.” That’s a large number that holds a promise of a lot of opportunities for a lot of students.
Learning computer science skills early on has infinite benefits to a student’s future. However, according to Change the Equation, “56 percent of high school seniors have no computer science courses offered at their high school.” At KT BYTE, we’re working hard to change these statistics. We offer a wide variety of computer science and fundamental courses from the most beginner level to advanced. We believe that these courses have benefits for all students regardless of what their future plans may be.