Yes, Middle and High School Students Should Learn C++!
Educators and parents want to give their students every opportunity to succeed, and at ROBOTERRA we feel the same way! Every student deserves a chance to learn and excel in their educational endeavors. One common question surrounding robotics and Edtech is, “which is the most useful programming language for middle and high school students to learn?” At ROBOTERRA, we know the answer is C++! Here are our top three reasons why:
1. Students will use C++ in college.
Top schools such as Stanford, MIT, and Berkeley each have classes that are entirely dedicated to or mostly taught using C++. Degrees in STEM fields involve a lot of studying and hard work, so becoming familiar C++ before entering or applying for college can put students ahead of the pack in very competitive and challenging programs. Knowledge of and experience in programming looks great on college applications as well as resumes for students seeking competitive internships or work opportunities while in school. In general, college students who have worked with code before they start classes can expect to keep up with their coursework better than students who are seeing C++ for the first time. Experience in C++ sets future college students up for success!
2. C++ is an excellent language for programming in the field of robotics.
It’s “close to the metal,” meaning that code written in C++ will translate more directly to CPU instructions than Java code, C# code, or Python. Because of this smooth translation, C++ has the invaluable benefit of real-time performance.
3. Many mainstream businesses and programs use C++.
It is a useful language that a variety of established programmers prefer! Need proof? The creator of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup, maintains a list of just some of the many systems, applications, and libraries that are mostly or entirely written in his brain child. Some notable mentions include Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Amazon.com, Google, and Facebook. This widespread use of C++ makes it clear that students will not only be expected to use it in college, but also in the workforce.
ROBOTERRA offers an innovative approach to helping young learners become familiar with C++ using our cloud-based application, CastleRock. Our objective is to familiarize young makers with the event-driven method and the programming logics of C++. We accomplish this by breaking down the coding process into three steps that students can easily pick up in a short time while providing a “library” for students to find “events” to use for different features. With CastleRock, students can learn with gamified challenges and various robotics projects without having the academic rigor of C++ diluted. Our project-based learning is hands-on and useful for both home and school use; do your young maker a favor and let them start building and programming today!