The term “Algorithm” may seem pretty irrelevant to
Algorithms are present all around us, orchestrating everything from
technology used by us to the everyday decisions made by us. It’s necessary for
your children to have a clear idea of algorithmic concepts before they enter
the world of programming. Let’s go through a set of stepwise tips to explain
algorithms to children.
This can be deemed the first step to introduce coding to children.
Your children should know the definition of “algorithm” before they start
An algorithm can be said to be a set of detailed step-wise
instructions to solve a specific problem or complete a specific task.
It’s necessary for children to think about algorithms in a general
sense to get a better understanding of the subject. Algorithms are present
everywhere. A simple recipe to make a particular food-item can be said to be a
type of algorithm. A simple example of an algorithm based on your children’s
weekday morning routine is provided below for an easy reference.
Walk to the school
Go to the school with parents
see that this is an algorithm in the general sense depicting your children’s weekday
your children get accustomed to the basic algorithmic concepts in the general
sense, it’s necessary that they start thinking of implementing algorithms in computer
programming. But remember that this is just the start and hence, their
algorithms should be based on simple problems. Introduce them to such simple
problems. A simple example can be seen below.
is an algorithm that finds the sum of three numbers taken as user input.
5. Display sum
are certain techniques implemented for writing good algorithms. Introduce the
techniques to your children. These techniques are mentioned below.
It’s necessary that your children start creating their very own
algorithms after they get introduced to the basics of the subject. The
objective can be very simple. It can be a recipe to cook a meal or it can be
one based on mathematical operations as to determine the largest
of 3 numbers. Instruct your children to be
specific with their instructions as much as possible.
Algorithmic thinking is hugely beneficial in STEM education. It’s
not only enclosed within the boundaries of computer science but also finds
application in subjects like Math (e.g. step-by-step procedures to solve a
specific problem), Science (e.g. step-by-step procedures to get the result of
an experiment) etc. Algorithmic thinking enables children to come to quick
solutions in a step-by-step manner which is immensely beneficial for their
higher education when they face advanced problems related to mathematics,
science, programming etc.
It’s necessary for children to indulge in practices related to
algorithms to strengthen and develop algorithmic thinking abilities.
Algorithmic thinking can be the stepping stone to a fruitful career in STEM as
well as in other educational fields.