Does your child want to learn how to code but you’re not sure where to start? There are lots of tools for beginning coding for kids, but the best way for any child to learn is when they are on a curriculum that they are passionate about and is appropriate for their age. Today we’re breaking down the best ways to teach kids after school coding for each interest and age group.
Learning about game design is best for kids that want to create their own virtual worlds, or modify games they love, like Minecraft! If your kid is interested in video games, some great options include exploring 3D game design using Minecraft with the LUA programming language for the younger kids and Unity using C # for the older kids. By starting your kids on a video game development path, they’ll learn about designing in a 3D environment, build fundamental object-oriented programming skills, and learn to use libraries and game engines to create their own games.
Using the MIT App Inventor and Android Development Studio with Java or C++, app design is great for kids that want to learn how to build and use their own functioning app with interactive features that can even read and write data from a database! By exploring MIT App Inventor or Android Development, students learn a lot about the importance of data, as well as learning about app security and design. With the right tools and resources, kids can learn to program and configure a full stack application.
2D Games and Web Design
Robotics and IOT
With smart houses, sensors, and connected devices all around us, learning to program them is sure to make living in a technology-advanced world more convenient. If you’re interested in robotics, there is no better place to start than with tools like Makey Makey and Arduino, combined with C-based programming language. Learning these methods, your kid will be able to create devices that can interact with other programs and computers. At Launch, we offer coding summer school where students will learn to breadboard and wire components to a micro-controller that allows them to program inputs such as temperature, motion, and lighting levels and create a real world response in the form of lights, sounds, and other displays. Learn about the basics of analog and digital signals, and create an amazing connected devices. Build electrical engineering skills while working with the Arduino programming language (A C-based language) to make your world come alive.
After-School Classes and Summer Camps
While there are lots of free tools available for your tech-savvy kid to explore programming and computer science, one of the best ways to kick-start their future is to enroll them in an after-school program or summer camp that has a curriculum that ties coding languages together if a fun, game-like format with instructors available to help each step of the way. Explore the summer camps that relate to each of your child’s interests, and schedule a free class today.