Coding Boot Camps Trending Through the Country

Techie Bootcamps 1Coding boot camps are trending all throughout the country. This is a clear indicator of the importance many are putting on young people being able to code as a job skill. Miriam Jordan of the Wall Street Journal touches on this in a new article titled “Coding ‘Boot Camp’ Opens High-Tech Doors.”

Jordan writes, “A few months ago, Edgar Cordova was a college student piling up debt and struggling to balance his studies with odd jobs. Today, the 20-year-old is working for a Boulder software developer. ‘For the first time, I can afford things I need,’ said Mr. Cordova, the son of a janitor. What changed his trajectory is SeedPaths, a computer-coding “boot camp” that runs an eight-week course for low-income adults, with the help of federal funds. The Denver company partners with county workforce centers, which tap the federal Workforce Investment Act to cover the $6,000 cost. Tech companies, the health-care industry and other sectors are competing fiercely for individuals proficient in software languages used to build everything from websites to mobile apps. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that hiring of software developers, who earned a median $90,000 in 2012, will grow at a rate twice as fast as the average for all occupations through 2022. To meet this demand, coding academies are sprouting up, offering training stretching from a few weeks to several months and costing as much as $20,000.”

The Deseret News also looks at coding boot camps in an article titled “The few, the proudly employed, the coding boot camp graduates.” Matthew Jelalian of the Deseret News writes, “According to, there are over 70 coding boot camps nationwide. Most of them are found in the Western United States with a few in Canada and Europe. Coding boot camp coursework can last anywhere between six and 12 weeks and cost around $5,000 to $10,000 to complete. The best-selling point of these boot camps, however, is their job placement. Coding Campus — a newer boot camp in Provo, Utah, with smaller class sizes of five to 10 students — claims a 93 percent job placement of graduates. According to Coding Campus’ program director, Sariah Masterson, the prospects of employment is what motivates students to get into the program and finish.”

With so many possibilities for coding careers, it’s no wonder people are seeking out special training. When it comes to providing an informative and fun coding education experience, no one does it better than CodeRev Kids. We customize lesson plans for each student and offer programs that teach kids how to make apps, video games, robots, and much more. CodeRev Kids offers both summer and spring camps, as well as our after school program.

If you’re interested in providing your kid with a comprehensive, engaging coding education experience, your best bet is CodeRev Kids!

Coding and Its Importance to Animation

blender-animation-fundamentalsAccording to a report out of Scottsdale, Arizona, it seems as if the spreading of the love of coding is beginning to have a serious impact on children. Fields Moseley of AZ Family addresses this in a recent article titled “6th grade girls spreading their love of computer coding.”

Moseley writes, “The 6th grader at Rancho Solano Preparatory School and her friends love computer coding, so they created a club where they could express themselves. ‘Our club name is the GOCC, which stands for the Girls Only Coding Club,’ said Sophia Trujillo. ‘We have a sticker and everything,’ said Sanya Agarwal with a laugh. ‘It’s GOCC, code like a girl.’ No art, cooking, or dancing, but creativity through code. ‘You can really express how you feel through your coding,’ said Dillard. The three friends are acutely aware their peers are not as comfortable with computers.  So, they make the lessons simple and fun and give away prizes.”

Not just is coding becoming infectious among children, but it’s taking over one of their favorite forms of entertainment, animation. Joe Li of the Daily Pennsylvanian looks at this in a new article titled “Coding usurps art in animation industry.” Li writes, “Mastering painting and drawing is no longer enough to succeed in the animation industry — coding and scripting are essential requirements for a position at a top animation firm. ‘Right now almost all animations are made by computers. Fields such as movies and video games absolutely rely on computer graphics,’ Computer and Information Sciences professor Norman Badler said. Badler is the director of the Center for Digital Visualization as well as a digital media design major in Engineering. Badler pointed out that many students in the major who work in the animation industry usually end up becoming ‘technical directors,’ who develop and improve software applications for the firms to help with animation production. ‘There are typically two paths that you can go with computer animation. One is the traditional route of learning fine arts and work as animators, but we are in a technology heavy environment, so we go more with the other path, which is [to] do programming for animation firms,’ Badler said.”

Clearly, coding is becoming more essential to our lives as each day passes by. That’s why children need the informative yet fun coding education provided by CodeRev Kids. We offer a variety of after school programs and summer and spring camps that allow kids to develop apps, video games, robots, and more.

Consider this: By 2020, 1 million computing jobs will go unfilled in the United States due to a lack of appropriate preparation of our future workforce. Students are currently graduating from excellent universities without the ability to obtain positions that utilize their expertise, yet someone who graduates from college with a computer science degree is very likely to obtain a desirable and high earning position immediately. Those who possess these highly valued technology skills will have the opportunity to work in any field they want as they depart college because every field will certainly contain positions that require expertise in technology.

If you’re looking to get your child ahead of the curve in the evermore technological world, look no further than CodeRev Kids!

Games that Teach Coding without Computers

ComputerProgrammingFYIImage1Conventional wisdom tells us that in order to teach coding, teachers and their students need a computer. After all, that’s where they will be doing all their coding. However, that might not be entirely the case, according to Matthew Farber of KQED’s MindShift. He addresses this in a recent article titled “No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children.”

Farber writes, “There are several digital games designed for kids as young as 5 that turn coding into a fun activity, such as Kodable and Scratch Jr. But some game designers are going further back to programming’s fundamentals by creating physical games that can’t be found in any app store… Another board game that captured imaginations, and major crowdfunding on Kickstarter, is Robot Turtles, which teaches basic coding concepts to preschoolers. Unlike other children’s games (think: Candyland, Chutes and Ladders), the mechanic of play does not rely on luck. All cards are face up and the players work together cooperatively to win. A child can build cognitive skills by playing Robot Turtles because when a child plays, or ‘programs,’ a card, he or she is applying logic, according to Bill Ritchie, CEO of ThinkFun, which published the game. ‘Robot Turtles is a great example of what coding means for a preschooler,’ Ritchie explained. ‘It is about sequencing instruction by instruction, and then being able to recognize the consequences. It’s a mental framework that is appropriate for a preschooler.’ In other words, Robot Turtles helps growing minds think about thinking.”

According to Farber, many of these games revolve around giving the student opportunities to learn from their mistakes, rather than simply correcting them and telling them what they did wrong. Farber writes, “Rather than correcting a child’s mistake, the adult is instructed to simply make a beeping sound. The child Turtle Master can then tap on the “Bug Card,” a round card adorned with a ladybug. After announcing “Debug,” the child can adjust his or her set of commands. Here, failure becomes iteration.” As anyone with some basic coding experience knows, sometimes you have to work out a solution by utilizing your problem solving skills rather than any set answers.

At CodeRev Kids, we understand the need to develop a student’s problem solving skills so he/she can be a confident, successful coder. This is why we provide a number of after-school programs and summer camps with instructors who specialize in making learning not just informative, but fun. Unlike many other programs, ours are customized for each student. They begin when your student arrives and end when he/she leaves.

If you’re looking for a thorough, engaging coding education experience for your child, your best bet is CodeRev Kids!

Different States Tackle Coding in Different Ways

CoM-CodingMost of us agree that the youth are the key demographic that needs to be reached with coding education. They’re the ones entering the workforce that is more demanding of skilled laborers by the day, especially workers with technical skills like coding. Different states are going about reaching youth in different ways.

For example, in Utah, lawmakers just approved a bill to fund computer coding classes. According to Morgan Jacobsen of KSL, “SB107 would allocate just more than $2 million for the Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Board of Education to approve and purchase computer coding software programs teachers could use to teach the skill, which is in high demand among employers in the state and across the nation, according to bill sponsor Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper… Up to $1.5 million would be used to license computer coding instructional software for schools, and $320,000 would be used to provide professional development for teachers. The bill would also require the STEM Action Center and the State School Board to report back to the Legislature on how successful the program becomes. The bill doesn’t recommend any particular source for instructional software. Instead, several programs would be selected on a competitive basis. Some schools that are already using free software to teach the skill could allocate the funds to professional development instead, Stephenson said.”

Meanwhile, in Boulder, Colorado, one firm is using an apprenticeship program to tackle the problem. According to Gloria Dickie of the Daily Camera, “Located in Boulder’s core, Techtonic Group is a software development company with clients that range from the Denver Center for Performing Arts to Disney to FedEx. But while its clientele may be impressive, it’s Techtonic’s programmers who truly set the business apart. In early 2014, CEO Heather Terenzio grew concerned about what she saw as a gap in the workforce. Where were the minorities and the women, she wondered, and the high school dropouts? So Terenzio set about to establish an apprenticeship program that would allow disadvantaged youths to enter the coding world without hitting the barriers they would encounter at other traditional institutions.”

At CodeRev Kids we believe we can best tackle coding education with after-school programs and summer camps taught by instructors who focus on both being informative and fun. We even customize our classes for each of our students because we understand everyone learns differently. CodeRev Kids has a variety of after-school programs options including robotics, game development, and interactive programming.

If you’re looking to give your child the most informative, as well as engaging, coding education experience, no one does it better than CodeRev Kids!

Article Profiles Efforts to Expanding Coding Skills Outreach to Women and Minorities

computer-programmer-seattle-350x260Unemployment disproportionately affects low-income communities, many of which are made up of minorities and other underrepresented populations. These groups of people are especially underrepresented in the tech field, which holds plenty of employment potential for all Americans, but millennials in particular. Julia Glum of the International Business Times examines this in a recent article titled “Coding For Kids: Teaching Girls, Minorities To Program Important For A Diverse Tech Workforce.”

Glum writes, “The United States needs to find roughly 1 million more tech workers in the next five years, and they can’t all be rich, white males. With computer science workers increasingly in demand, tech advocates have begun to reach out to demographics that historically haven’t considered coding as a profession to ensure low-income Americans, women and minorities don’t get left behind.”

Computer World takes it a step further by looking at one woman’s effort to tackle this issue head-on. Mary K. Pratt of Computer World covers this in a story titled “Black Girls Code founder looks to expand skills outreach, challenges CIOs to help the cause.” Pratt writes, “Programmers aren’t usually featured in People magazine, but computer scientist Kimberly Bryant made the cut, landing on the magazine’s June 16 list of ‘15 Women Changing the World Right Now.’ Indeed, Bryant is making a difference. She started Black Girls Code in 2011, inspired in part by her desire to offer a richer digital experience to her own daughter, 15-year-old Kai. Since then, this chapter-based nonprofit has taught programming to more than 3,000 girls across the country. Here, Bryant shares her thoughts on the importance of her mission.”

Bryant tells Pratt, “We look at technology and teaching computer science as an innovative skill set that will be at the core of the nonindustrial, but still industrial, revolution. And if this revolution is focused on technology, having women of color at the forefront and being key participants in learning this skill set is revolutionary. Women in general have not been at the core of driving the next economic/jobs revolution in any other industrial revolution we’ve been through. Giving them the keys to the kingdom is really changing the paradigm.”

At CodeREV Kids, we couldn’t agree more. This is why we offer after-school programs and summer camps to immerse youth in coding. We teach our students Computational Thinking, which encompasses a wide range of programming concepts and languages. Our summer camp programming includes Wild Web Design, Rev Robots, and Minecraft Level Design.

Whatever youth coding education needs you might have, your best bet is CodeREV Kids!


Nickelodeon Joins the Ever-Increasing Group of Coding Enthusiasts

imgresAt CodeREV Kids, we understand the potential coding occupations hold for many young people in the United States. The Boston Globe explores this in a recent article titled “Unsexy but tech-forward industries offer hope to middle class.”

Dante Ramos of the Boston Globe writes, “Today, the advanced industries now growing in Massachusetts differ significantly in the amount of education they require, and a four-year college degree may not be the only route into them. Many concepts in electrical and mechanical engineering are equally useful to MIT students and to participants in employer- or union-backed training. What’s vital is that students at all levels learn skills that are transferable across fields. An inevitable objection — especially in the Athens of America — is that there’s more to education than mere job training. But we didn’t always treat the latter as a distraction from the former. Bluestone, who grew up in Detroit, recalls taking wood shop, machine shop, and industrial drawing in high school. Today, some technical skills, such as coding and data analysis, have broad application. Students who learn them can engage more thoughtfully with the world around them, whether they end up in graduate school or behind the controls of high-end machines on a factory floor.”

With this understanding, people are using whatever resources they can to inspire an interest in coding. This includes a Sponge Bob coding game. Stuart Dredge of The Guardian looks at this in a recent article titled “Nickelodeon hopes SpongeBob SquarePants will get kids coding.” Dredge writes, “Another television brand has joined the kids’ coding bandwagon, with Nickelodeon UK’s launch of a website called Code-It that aims to teach programming skills to 6-12 year-olds. The site uses various characters from the network’s shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to help children learn and practise various coding tasks.”

When it comes to making sure coding education is its most effective, nothing is more effective than having experienced teachers working beside your child. At CodeREV Kids, we provide the after-school programs and summer camps to give your child the coding skills to succeed in today’s workforce.

Our students learn Computational Thinking, which encompasses a wide range of programming concepts and languages. CodeREV Kids’ Lessons build upon one another, and we adjust starting points to each student’s level of expertise. By doing this, the entire curriculum is customized. We consider ourselves one of the most educational coding program out there, but we also focus on having fun.

Whatever youth coding education needs you might have, you can’t go wrong with CodeREV Kids!


Connect with Coding Along with Your Kids with Adult Classes

father-and-boy-in-shock_with_borderFor some adults, providing their children with coding education is a form of giving their children what they never had. As there continues to be a high demand for coders in the workforce, parents understand that coding is no longer an optional skill. Inevitably, some feel helpless, wondering if it’s too late to learn coding at their age.

As your child grows his/her coding skills in CodeRev Kids afterschool programs, you can explore coding along with them by participating in adult coding classes. Matthew Flamm of Crain’s New York Business details adult coding classes in an article titled “Coding schools aren’t just for kids.” Flamm writes, “At General Assembly, the largest of New York City’s schools, which offer 12-week crash courses for around $12,000, 18% of students across all of its campuses in the U.S. and abroad are 35 or older. The school’s biggest group, not surprisingly, remains people in their mid-20s—just like much of the industry the over-35 graduates hope to join. Despite the age difference, these freshly minted developers have high hopes for their new careers, and can sound as fervent about coding as any hoodie-wearing college dropout. Some are transitioning from related computer fields in order to build digital products, while others are embracing the technology that helped put them out of a job.”

There are clear benefits to taking these courses, as evidenced by Emma Ockerman of the Detroit Free Press in an article titled “Coding classes help women change career.” According to Ockerman, “Amy Cell, senior vice president of talent enhancement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp., said most in the IT field make $70,000 to $80,000 a year, with software developers usually making more than $80,000 a year. She added, however, that someone with a degree in computer science from a top university could expect to make six figures. She said there are currently 1,100 available jobs in IT statewide, and more than 750 of those are within 50 miles of Detroit.”

Clearly, if you’re new to coding, adult classes could be a lucrative investment. Likewise, participating in afterschool programming with CodeRev Kids is a great investment for you and your children. By 2020, one million computing jobs will go unfilled in the United States due to a lack of appropriate preparation of our future work force. Your child could fill one of those positions.

With CodeRev Kids, we don’t just provide quality education. We also make learning fun. Students can participate in a variety of different tracks, including our Da Vinci, Web Magic, Rocking Robotics, and Game Developer tracks.

Whatever youth coding education needs you have, we’ve got you covered at CodeRev Kids!

In Iowa, Coding is Becoming Part of Common Core Curriculum

coding-futureCoding is becoming an increasingly essential skill to have in this economy that relies more and more on technology. According to Iowa Public Radio, there are schools who consider coding so important that they’re teaching it to their kindergarteners. Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer details this in a new article titled “Computer Coding Complements Common Core.”

Mayer writes, “Denise Crawford directs the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State. She says these educational goals are part of the common core, even if coding per se is not. Teaching kids programming isn’t new, but Crawford says it’s easier than ever because the technologies are more user friendly, even for younger kids. And programming can sometimes click with a student who doesn’t shine in other academic areas. ‘In coding, we’re going to require students to think different than how we typically maybe are asking them to think during the school day,’ Crawford says. And she says that can have a profound impact. ‘This one spark, what if this hits with one student that otherwise wouldn’t have academically been interested in something like that? It seems worth it.’ From kindergarten to fifth grade, the students get another benefit of the coding sessions. They are encouraged to collaborate, and that means students learning from their peers.”

While schools are focusing more attention on coding, others are finding new ways to encourage kids to practice coding recreationally. According to The Next Web, BBC is updating its Doctor Who inspired online coding game, The Doctor and the Dalek. Abhimanyu Ghoshal of The Next Web writes, “The BBC has updated its online game The Doctor and the Dalek with four new levels, and is launching free iPad and Android tablet versions of the Doctor Who-themed title… The Doctor will need several new abilities to overcome his enemies in the new levels, which can be unlocked by solving a series of coding puzzles, linked to the new computing curriculum in the UK. These focus on Boolean logic, introducing ‘if’ statements with a range of variables that gradually increase in complexity as users become more advanced.”

If you’re looking to give your child a unique coding education experience, you can’t go wrong with CodeRev Kids. We offer a host of afterschool programs where students will learn computational thinking. This will include a wide range of programming concepts and languages. Our lessons build upon one another and the entire curriculum is customized. Not just are we the most educational coding program out there, we also focus on having fun.

Whatever youth coding needs you might have, your best bet is CodeRev Kids!

CodeREV & IMHP Featured on the Queen Latifah Show

Click below to view the clip of us coding on the Queen’s show:

Yep, that is our instructor, Jehlali Chatman, working with the kids at IMHP, featured on the Queen Latifah show.  We are proud to be partnered with these friends to teach coding to underserved communities in Los Angeles.  We are so excited to continue expanding our partnership together.

Thanks Lionel Pasamonte and Delores Brown for finding us and helping make this dream a reality!

IMHP Partnership Continues in Ladera Heights and beyond

We are very happy to be continuing to work with IMHP in Ladera Heights to provide our pilot coding classes to our group of very smart students.

We just checked out our venue at Leimert Theater for upcoming Saturday classes with kids in South L.A.  Very excited about doing this work.

On the horizon is coding at the EXPO Center next to the Forum.  So happy to be spreading our program all around L.A.