How to Introduce Your Kids to Code
Interested in getting your kids involved with coding? There are hundreds of resources on the internet that can help your child start down the path to gaining a very rewarding skill set. For a more in-depth experience consider finding local coding camps and programs!
Changing Expectations is proud to offer coding and makerspace classes in Central Texas that provide your children with hands on training. Read our suggestions for online coding resources then head over to our programs tab to sign up for coding classes with Changing Expectations!
A few suggestions to get you started:
- Kids Code Jeunesse: Teaches free computing classes in schools and offers free lessons and resources for parents. If you’d like your child to learn to code in school, have their teacher or principal contact Kids Code Jeunesse.
- National Girls Learning Code Day: On November 7, 2015, girls between 8 - 13 can learn HTML & CSS to make their very first websites. For free!
- Robot Turtles: A crowd-funded board game for ages four and up. Teaches basic coding skills and computational thinking.
- SCRATCH: A program from MIT that lets kids create games and animations without learning programming text—it’s a drag-and-drop way to learn computer concepts and have fun.
- Raspberry Pi: An inexpensive (about $50) credit-card sized computer that can be programmed just like a desktop PC. Can be used as a learning tool and a full-service computer by kids and adults alike!
- LEGO WeDo: The step between traditional building blocks and robotics, this Lego series allows kids to build models with programmable motors and sensor.
- Kodable: Designed for users as young as five, this iPad app boasts the tagline “Learn to code before you know how to read.” It uses games that subtly teach coding with few instructions.
- Tynker: For kids who can already read, this app for Android and iOS helps teach programming logic with visual code blocks.