Technology is everywhere, from advanced gadgets to educational devices or toys, and anything else you can imagine. It has become necessary to understand the simple and difficult concepts of the technical world that we are surrounded with and, therefore, make good use of it instead of becoming overwhelmed by technology.

The website www.kidscodecs.com educates you in this regard. It exposes kids and adults to the various concepts of STEM, programming, and issues around using the technology.

Kidscodecs — is a site cum tech-mag for kids called Beanz. It tells you about learning to code, computer science, and how technology is used in our daily life, all in a very simple language that kids as young as six years can understand. Once open, you will find that the website focuses on kids of ages eight years and above, and covers the issues more of from the point of view of journalism than curriculum, mathematical foundation of computing and computer science, how to recognise and select computer devices, community, global and ethical impacts of technology, problem solving and collaboration.

These topics are distilled from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) curriculum guidelines for teaching computer science. For kids interested in coding, learning a programming language is only a start. They also need to learn how to debug code, choose technology, define and solve problems, and many other skills and concepts surrounding it.

But for kids bored by coding, the site will help them dive into computer science concepts, problems and challenges in a friendly way. They can also learn the limits of technology, as well as what makes technology so amazing. There are sections such as History, Programming, Electronics, Projects and Puzzles, Tech in Real Life, etc., all having short interesting news and articles with pictures.

All the material on the site is worth reading, it expands the horizon of your knowledge, however, there is a glitch. You can only access the current issue through subscription. But you can access all the other material, including articles, tips, historical facts and many more published a couple of years ago without subscription, and believe me kids all the material is just too good and worth spending time on.

So why not check out technology in every possible way by visiting: https://www.kidscodecs.com/

Published in Dawn, Young World, September 26th, 2020

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