In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller: “life moves pretty fast…” But never has the world moved as fast as it does today! It’s amazing to think about the technological advances that have occurred in our short lifetimes. Sometimes even scary when sci-fi movies suggest that we may all be replaced by robots in the very near future!
Watching our kids navigate this fast-paced world can be exciting and daunting. When they succeed or show an interest in something, we wonder: are they being challenged? And when they struggle we wonder if they are getting enough. Probably many of you have asked the same questions that my wife and I have after the kids are tucked into bed: Are we doing enough for them? What MORE could we be doing to prepare them for the future?
With my son, Jackson (7), I noticed early on that he had an interest in technology and how things worked. Intuitively, he seemed to grasp things that I still struggle to understand. That’s because our kids are what educators refer to as “digital natives.” They have grown up with access to technology, speaking the language like a natives. However, while our kids are fluently playing with smartphones by the age of 2, many of them will progress no further than using the tools, instead of learning how to build or create them.
The model we have developed for Yukōdit goes beyond just teaching kids to code. It leverages innovative curriculum, research-based academic supports, and collaborative design-thinking activities to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in kids as young as 5 all the way through high school. As opposed to a “class” on coding, our unique track-based approach puts kids on an engaging project-based learning path, at a level and pace that’s right for them. The end result is highly personalized and extremely motivating, as we empower kids with skills that will literally allow them to “command their futures”!