What’s the Best Approach to Learning Coding?

We all are immersed in technology in various ways—from smart phones and TVs, home security systems, and modes of communication and learning to navigation in cars. Our modes of learning and work are also becoming more and more digital everyday.

This deep reliance on technology highlights the importance of learning computer science for children, so that they can make sense of how things work. Besides logical thinking, computer science also instills creativity and a problem-solving attitude.

These days, all kinds of professions and jobs use various kinds of design, development and operative software. Therefore, creating a strong foundation in the field of computer science can help children be ready to take on the ever-evolving tech-driven world.

The best way to learn any subject is with a course or product that is accessible, engaging, motivating, and easily comprehensible. As per a study published in the IEEE Computer Society led by Microsoft Research, physical and tangible objects of learning are conducive to this type of holistic learning. Such a method of learning is relatable and helps develop a problem-solving attitude.

Often, coding curriculums and products for learners are not holistic in terms of catering to learners from different backgrounds and learning needs. However, some products like QPi coding kits offer hands-on learning experiences where both the mind and body of a learner are engaged for an immersive learning experience.

What makes QPi’s Boxie ideal for beginners

QPi’s programming product for schools and individuals called Boxie teaches Python coding skills to students through hands-on learning modules. Their in-school kits are widely adopted for STEM learning.

Immersive and hands-on

Boxie offers an immersive learning experience and gives a breather from the usual ‘screen learning’ that learners have to take up for various other subjects.

Remote learning option

QPi also offers a “How To Make A Robot” course for kids who want to remotely learn coding skills. The course has 10 modules covering different functionalities of Boxie. This initiative was taken up due to various restrictions posed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Behavioural science for motivation

Boxie modules draw from Behavioural Science to encourage students through ‘wins’ along the learning process—unlocking new capabilities of Boxie, earning badges, accessories, etc.

Robot development and programming

All the Boxie modules lead to development of a fully-functional robot with various algorithms.

Accessible Coding Programme

Boxie kits consist of off-the-shelf electronic components combined with Raspberry PiTM computing devices.

Real-World Programming

Learning to make a functional robot using these components gives students insight into how various technological software and devices are developed and programmed in the real world. This kind of immersive and interactive learning experience promotes a realistic problem-solving attitude.

Use of Python

Boxie teaches Python, as it is a versatile coding language with various applications and ease of use, making it ideal for beginners.

It is also a preferred language among professional programmers, as well, who use it for web development, game development, data science, machine learning, and AI.

The syntax used in Python is straightforward and easy to understand and use. It is the language of choice for undergraduate programming programs taught by top institutes like MIT and Berkeley.

QPi makes Python language accessible to kids through its easy-to-follow coding course taught through Boxie kits.

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