You’ve seen the craze for learning code. But what exactly is coding? Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code.
Here’s a simple example of code, written in the Python language:
print 'Hello, world!'
Many coding tutorials use that command as their very first example, because it’s one of the simplest examples of code you can have – it ‘prints’ (displays) the text ‘Hello, world!’ onto the screen.
Why it’s so important
It's important to expose children to skills, whether it be mathematics or code or whatever. This is a language that is powering everything that is happening in the world of technology at the moment. And you never know, kids might find they actually have a real talent for it. At the moment, they're not even being exposed to it. That is a huge problem.