All over the world, young students are increasingly exploring the wonders of coding. In the U.S. alone, careers requiring software developers and coding are expected to grow by 22 percent in the next 10 years, and the number of global software developers is projected to grow by 3.2 million by 2024.
With coding for kids gaining steam, Arshiya Roy, an eight-year-old Plano ISD student, has been using technology to create meaningful change beyond the screen.
During the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Roy enrolled in BYJU’S FutureSchool and was given the tools to pursue a series of creative projects. Two months after enrolling, she used her newly acquired coding skills to create a smartphone app named “State Facts of the USA.” In this app, users can take quizzes and learn about state birds, state flowers, prominent tourist sites, flag designs, and capitals of each U.S. state on a static map. Roy entered BYJU’S “Silicon Valley Challenge” competition, where students were asked to curate an idea that solves a real-life problem and code an app independently. She emerged as a finalist in the competition as a result of her work on ‘State Facts of the USA.’where she was a finalist as a result of her work on “State Facts of the USA.” More recently, the Plano ISD student placed second in a STEM competition hosted by Dallas ISD.
First developed in January 2021, this was Roy’s second foray into app development. Her first was a multiplication table app that helped kids learn and memorize multiplication tables. Both apps were created while she was enrolled in BYJU’S FutureSchool’s coding classes. Roy is currently working on an app that will include an interactive chart of the human body with information for each anatomical section. While she is skilled in the field of coding, she intends to be a doctor one day.
At BYJU’S FutureSchool, our mission is to empower this generation of students to become creators rather than just consumers of technology. The fundamentals of coding⏤logic, structure, sequence and algorithmic thinking⏤empower children to direct their own learning journeys and generate innovative outcomes such as websites, animations, and apps. The creative use of technology fosters positive behavior in children, who consequently feel more engaged with their classmates, teachers, and the subjects they are taught. This translates into a more effective learning experience and keeps learners connected to the reality that they will all be a part of.
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