Looking to help your child grow, expand their knowledge base and prepare for a fruitful career full of promise and opportunity in the future? STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects have become a prevalent focus in both the private and public education systems thanks to the versatile skills they grant students. Mathematics, in particular, helps to inform several disciplines and helps children develop critical skills that aid them later in life.

As a rising hobby and extracurricular activity, coding lessons and summer camps present a unique opportunity to blend all STEM principles together and help children bridge the gap between learning many basic math skills and learning an increasingly valuable in today’s workforce.

At Musicworks Canada, there’s nothing we love more than empowering young learners to embrace a better tomorrow. Alongside a wide range of online and in-person music classes and academic tutelage for subjects like math and foreign language, we also offer coding lessons (and summer camps!).

Below, we’ll discuss how learning new skills like coding can help with math skills. Read on to learn more!

Logical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Just like the process of solving mathematical equations, coding requires participants to break down complex problems into smaller, manageable steps. Coding lessons help to naturally encourage logical, systematic thinking, as well as both macro and micro problem-solving skills. Through coding challenges, children learn the benefits of taking a patient approach to complex problems, as well as the importance of extrapolating previous knowledge points to solve adjacent equations.

Algorithmic Understanding

Coding classes teach students the importance of utilizing algorithms- step-by-step procedures for problem-solving. Coding algorithms help develop lateral insights to approaching mathematical and physics problems, specifically those involving multiplication, division, algebra, and more.

Pattern Recognition and Abstraction

Coding frequently entails identifying and manipulating patterns in data and code chains, and more. While it may not seem like there’s a direct correlation between coding languages like Python, javascript, etc., and developing mathematical prowess, learning to recognize patterns and build upon a base understanding of counting and sequencing, functions and geometric shapes, basic operations, and more.

Mathematical Operations in Action

Coding tasks routinely require children to apply mathematical operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. By developing coding skills, kids intuitively learn the best use of operational protocols and are able to gain a better understanding of how they work in real-world scenarios.

Visualization and Spatial Reasoning

Coding involves working with visual elements such as shapes, graphics, and animations, which lead to the advanced development of spatial reasoning capabilities, which play an integral role in mathematics, particularly where geometry and topology are concerned.

Real-World Application of Math

Finally, coding lessons for children are designed to incorporate projects and objectives that directly correlate with and integrate math concepts into real-world applications like game design, creating simulations, or building interactive websites. Whether your child excels in math or could benefit from additional incentives to learn core concepts, coding empowers them to experience firsthand how math intersects with technology, their favourite activities, and everyday life.

Through a more natural and engaging approach to math, students who may otherwise lack interest in pursuing a further understanding of mathematical theories, as well as other STEM disciplines, often find a new passion for these subjects as it allows them to pursue more complex and rewarding coding projects.

Coding and More at Musicworks Canada

At Musicworks, there’s nothing we love more than helping children explore the full benefits of broadening their academic horizons. We’re proud to offer online coding lessons that help bridge the gap between theory and implementation of mathematical concepts, leading to better performance in and outside of the classroom!

Learn more about our coding lessons and how you can get started here!