May 3, 2016 | Sandhya Padala

Do you see anything common among the biggest innovations in recent decades?

Think Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook. Their founders were computer coders – young people unafraid to create new and better uses for computers and who had the expertise to carry it out.

Nowadays Technology is central to our lives and technology will be a dominant force in our kids lives. Kids need to have a fundamental understanding of how computer think. Kids who understand the basics of programming will be more adaptive to changing needs of the workforce.

Programming is like magic. If you have an idea, you program it and make it a reality. Facebook, PayPal, Google are examples of these magic.

Our classes will shift your kids from playing video games to creating games.

Programming is downright fun. You don’t have to drag your kids to our classes. They will drag you to our classes.

Programming helps develop independence and self-confidence and also gives children an outlet to develop their creativity by being able to have an idea and then create a finished product for that idea.

It teaches vital problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills. Children need to analyze in a very detailed level to tell the computer what they want the computer to do for them.

Students should code because it reinforces critical thinking, computational thinking and problem solving skills that will benefit them in all areas of life.

Programming is the new language. Programming is the new literacy that every kid has to learn in this digital world. The younger the kid is, the easier it will be to pick up programming (like any language).

Not only does that equip children for 21st century life, it means that they will have a much greater chance of inventing and developing the things which will dominate the coming decades.

Being able to think critically about digital media environments means being able to think critically about our world.

Nonprofit Code.org says that over the next 10 years there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer science, but just 400,000 qualified graduates. Yet it’s a skill, proponents say that will even benefit kids who don’t grow up to be computer programmers. Most of the programming jobs do not require a degree in computers. Many programmers took a couple of computer programming classes and became professional programmers.

Universities want to reverse the decline in applicants for computer science courses. Gaming companies want more programmers. The government wants more high-tech start-ups. Manufacturers want trainees who can design embedded systems.

The parents of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg got him a private computer tutor when he was in middle school.

Programming would be getting a “hands-on” understanding of how computer science actually works, the sort of deeper grasp of the subject which leads people to real innovation

Children need more than just being taught how to use the internet, iPad, PowerPoint, Photoshop. They should be able to create the next version of PowerPoint.