Tag Archives: Youth

Customizing Coding Education to Reach Kids

It’s one thing to recognize that there is a major need for coders in the workforce. Developing an effective plan of action is another. Institutions throughout the country are making an effort to inspire young coders through a variety of methods. Consider a recent article for NPR titled “Federal Student Loans Expand To Cover Some Coding Boot Camps.”

Meg Anderson of NPR writes, “Starting soon, students will be able to use federal loans to pay for certain coding boot camps, the immersive web development courses that promise to make students into programming experts in just a few months. The experimental program will allow traditional accredited colleges to partner with coding boot camps and other short-term certification programs. Because they’re attached to colleges, the U.S. Department of Education will be able to evaluate their effectiveness. Colleges can begin applying today. The price tag for coding boot camps can be as much as $20,000, but the allure of high paying tech jobs has attracted an estimated 16,000 students this year alone. Enrollment in these programs is soaring, but the hefty cost means camps have been popular mostly among those privileged enough to afford the risk.”

Delaware Online also takes a look at ways to reach the youth in a recent article titled “Delaware native makes coding kid-friendly.” Scott Goss of Delaware Online writes, “Peter Kinney played a lot of video games while growing up near Townsend. Perhaps a little too much, if you ask his mother. But Kinney’s love of gaming – particularly strategy games – seems to have paid off. The 25-year-old Charter School of Wilmington graduate is now the lead programmer at Digital Dream Labs, a Pittsburgh-based educational technology company he co-founded in 2012. This month, the startup released the final version of Puzzlets, an innovative gaming platform that includes a downloadable app designed to teach basic computer programming skills to children ages 6 and older. The game, called Cork the Volcano, is similar to familiar titles, like Super Mario Bros., in that it involves a character avoiding obstacles to advance to the next level.”

When it comes to youth coding education, your best bet is CodeRev Kids. Our lessons focus on computational thinking, which encompasses a wide variety of programming languages and concepts. These lessons build upon one another and we adjust starting points to each student’s level of expertise. Thus, the entire curriculum is customized.

We are known for saying we are the most educational tech camp out there, but we also keep the focus on having fun. As a result, students stay engaged while learning to blend creativity with technology.

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Hello Ruby Opens the Door to Coding for Children

It is no secret that young people in the United States are enthralled with their video games. This doesn’t mean video games necessarily have to be a distraction, however. These games can be used as educational tools. Consider a recent article for Geek Dad titled “Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding – Thinking Like a Programmer.”

Randy Slavey of Geek Dad writes, “Hello Ruby blew past its initial $10,000 goal on Kickstarter nearly two years ago to become one of the most anticipated children’s books to be launched on the crowdfunding platform. While there are dozens of excellent programming books available that are targeted specifically to kids, what makes Hello Ruby different from other coding books is its surprising lack of code. Any code. Hello Ruby contains no “Hello World” examples, no “Build a Working Calculator” project. There is no mention of language or syntax. In fact, unless you’re reading the eBook version, you don’t even need a computer. Instead, Hello Ruby approaches programming, not as a skill to be taught, but as a way of thinking about a problem. Written and illustrated by programmer Linda Liukas, formerly of Codecademy and 2013 Ruby Hero, Hello Ruby tells the story of a precocious little girl named Ruby who goes on an adventure to find five gems her father has hidden for her. Along the way, she meets a number of interesting characters that will probably seem a little familiar to those with programming or general computer backgrounds. Ruby has to learn to communicate with the penguins, who can be difficult to understand at times with their utterances of ‘grep!’, ‘ awk!’, and ‘bash!’, and the Snow Leopard, who lives on the mountain and prefers simplicity and purity. Throughout the book, Ruby is faced with problems that must be solved using basic principles of programming such as conditions and loops.”

While video games can do wonders for young children, at a certain age, they need human mentorship. This doesn’t have to be less fun or engaging. In fact, with CodeRev Kids, we emphasise having fun just as much as we emphasise coding concepts and languages. As a result, our students stay engaged and learn at the same time.

Furthermore, all of our lessons are customized to fit each students’ level of expertise. All of these lessons emphasise computational thinking, which encompasses a wide range of programming concepts and languages. Thus, they are just as thorough as they are fun.

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