Research has shown that computer programming significantly helps children with brain development. Specifically, computer programming can have positive effects on a range of cognitive abilities. These abilities include reasoning skills (which blocks to use for the program?), logical thinking (what will be the effect of these changes to the program?), planning skills (will a particular change have the intended consequence for the program?), and general problem-solving skills (how to debug the program?). The curriculum used by Panda Programmer has been developed and refined with these skills in mind.
Furthermore, 10 year old students are beginning to consider possible careers. Programming opens up many doors to many career paths involving engineering, medicine, research, and business.