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  • Why learn computer programming?

    For many centuries, the ability to read - “literacy” - was the hallmark of the cultured and sophisticated individual.  Today, almost everyone can read; but with the rise of computing, “computer literacy” is now expected to replace regular book literacy as the need-to-know skill.

    Almost everyone can use a computer to some extent, but the very highest honor and skill in computing is the ability to control computers, through the art of programming them.  Currently, only 3% of Americans can code. Indeed, as the world becomes more automated, especially with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), it is expected that those who know how to program computers will be some of the most privileged and respected members of society.  They will have the most exciting jobs, and also see the fastest growth in their careers, and the highest salaries, something we are already beginning to see in Silicon Valley today. The tech industry is one of the biggest industries in the US. It employs almost seven (7) million people and is growing continuously at a rate of 3% per year while many other industries are declining. Over one million good-paying technology job openings are unfilled currently in the US because of no qualified applicants. 

    Shengmeng Education (SME) Center in Pleasanton is pleased to get your student ahead of the curve, offering year-round Java and Python programming courses. Students will learn basic programming skills, advanced concepts in data structures, computing algorithms and software engineering, and gain the ability to solve complex problems. Meanwhile, for those participating in our USACO competition labs, students will train to compete and win in the United States of America Computing Olympiad (USACO).

    What is the best age to learn computer programming?

    Computer programming requires understanding of variables, equations and functions. Any student who understand these concepts is ready to learn computer programming. Computer programming is an abstract thinking process. Most students begin to develop these necessary abstract thinking abilities around an age of 12-13, roughly in the 7th grade.

    However, the Python programming language has a simple syntax. Its rich graphics, animation and game programming packages make Python easy and fun to learn, and we have had a great deal of luck teaching Python programming to younger students, as young as grades 4-6. It is ideal for students to develop their passion for computer programming before teen rebellion.

    In fact, students from the 2nd grade can start to learn Snap! Coding, a fun and graphical computer programming language that is designed for elementary school students to develop passion for coding.

  • Which programming language(s) should my child study?

    In this era of information technology (IT) and artificial intelligence (AI), it is well accepted that computer programming skills are rewarded with high salary and more job opportunities. Java has been and still is the No. 1 programming language in recent 20 years in IT industry. The prestigious TIOBE Programming Community Index ranked Java as No. 1 most popular programming language based on the number of skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors. It is also the designated programming language for high school AP Computer Science course. 

    Python is the fastest growing language in recent years and it is best suited for data science, web development and artificial intelligence (AI). Python is easy and fun to learn and becomes the first choice of introductory programming languages. It is ranked #3 most popular programming language by TIOBE Index, next to Java and C.

    C++ has been one of the top 3 programming languages for over 20 years. It is also one of top three languages used for USACO contests. C++ is the programming language of choice for USACO Gold and Platinum Division competition because of its best runtime performance.

    Shengmeng Education Center (SME) developed a clear pathway for students to learn computer programming. A student in Grades 4-5 should learn Snap! Coding, a graphical programming language which inspires young child to enjoy coding. Students in Grades 5-7 should learn Python to gain basic understanding of computer programming and to develop passion for coding. Python is easy and fun to learn and powerful for data science and AI. At Grades 7-8, a student should pick up a new programming language such as C++ or Java. In high school, students may take AP Computer Science course in Java. Students who found passion in computer science and problem solving should take SME USACO courses to prepare them for USACO competition. A high rank from USACO contests is a precious ticket for high school students to enter elite colleges. 

    Why learn Python programming?

    The prestigious TIOBE Programming Community Index ranked Python as the 3rd most popular programming language, behind Java and C, based on the number of skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors. Python has been ranked consistently as the No. 1 programming language by IEEE Spectrum Report. Python has been ranked for years as the most popular programming language by the Popularity of Programming Language (PYPL) website based on Google search statistics. 

  • Python is the first choice of introductory computer programming languages because it is fun and easy to learn. Students at Grades 4-7 should start from Python coding, which is friendly and less intimating for young students. After that, students can learn more useful Python programming syntax and do hands-on Python coding projects. Python programming community has been growing rapidly because Python is best suited for web development, data science, machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence (AI), which is supported strongly by Google, Facebook and many other top companies and universities. Python is also one of top three languages used for USACO competition. To sum up,

    1. Python has a healthy, active and supportive community with plenty of documentation, guides, tutorials and active developers.
    2. Python has great corporate sponsors and it is backed by Google
    3. Python is the No. 1 choice for big data, data science, cloud computing, machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence (AI).
    4. Python has over 230,000 open source projects hosted online (https://pypi.org/ ) for free download.
    5. Python is reliable and efficient. One can accomplish more with fewer lines of code in Python than any other language.
    6. Python is easy and fun to learn and great for both beginners and advanced users. 
    7. Python is free and platform independent. A python code can run on Windows, Linux and Mac without any change.