A little computer science can help a child learn how to use the internet.
But the key is having the right software, and this is where a software developer and software company called Computer Science Education & Consulting (CS&C) comes in.
Its been in business for over 20 years and has now developed a range of software for teaching kids computer science, from simple programming and data analysis to more complex topics such as data storage and data compression.
It’s all part of its strategy to be able to take kids from an early age and provide them with a set of skills and tools they can apply to their careers.
“I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that if you teach a child computer science they’re not going to be a computer scientist,” CS&C founder and CEO, Ian Campbell, tells Business Insider.
“We’re helping to transform the way that children learn to be computer scientists, because we are changing the way we learn to program.”
Campbell says his company started with an idea for a software for teachers, and the idea was to develop software that would teach kids about computers.
“What we wanted to do was to have the kids learn how computers work, so they could use that as a foundation for their career,” Campbell says.
“So we had to make it so it was easy to use and had a very robust and reliable interface that people could learn from.”
The goal was to make a software that could be used in the classroom to help students learn how the computers work.
Campbell started the company with a couple of ideas and soon developed his own software that had the potential to revolutionise the way teachers teach.
It was called Computer-Aided Teaching, or CAT, and its main features were: Computers are computers Computers were designed for different tasks, which is what taught Computers can be programmed to perform different tasks Students can write code to help them learn Computers teach a wide range of skills, from math to coding, Campbell says The idea was for a “programming kit” to be used by teachers to teach computer science.
“There was one of those boxes that had a computer, a calculator, a spreadsheet and some other tools that were useful for learning,” Campbell recalls.
“The other thing we wanted was to be in the control room with the kids so that they could do the things that they wanted to learn.”
That meant having the kids interact with the computer.
Campbell would set the computer on a desk and sit them down at the computer, and then teach them the basic programming tasks that would help them use the computer more effectively.
“For me, the most important thing is the kids have a good foundation, because then they can move on to the rest of the curriculum, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Campbell said.
“Once they have a basic understanding of how to program, they’re going to use that to do things that are very useful.”
Campbell has also developed a teaching software for older students that he says can teach students how to read and write, so that older students can use computer science to get to the top of their field.
“This is what I would consider a very high-quality curriculum that I would expect to have a huge impact,” Campbell told Business Insider earlier this year.
“If you look at any other technology that is available in the world, we have a very narrow range of students that have been given a curriculum that is designed for them.
Campbell said that teaching was a major focus for his company and he hoped it would continue to grow as his company develops software for schools, and as more and more children are learning how computers actually work. “
That is really important to have because they’re really good at things like writing and programming and all of the skills that you need to be successful in the industry.”
Campbell said that teaching was a major focus for his company and he hoped it would continue to grow as his company develops software for schools, and as more and more children are learning how computers actually work.
“It is a hugely important topic for our industry because it’s such a powerful tool that has the potential of bringing more people to computer science,” Campbell added.