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Why should kids learn programming?
Kids should learn programming because computer programming for kids offers many benefits. As Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “I think every kid in the world should learn to code. Whether your passion is in science or the arts, it's a way to express yourself.” Programming teaches children important coding skills like loops, conditional statements, and variables. This type of logic not only applies to coding, but also to problem solving in all sorts of areas. Programming also helps kids to build their creativity, project management skills, and confidence. Programming can help children prepare for all sorts of future careers.
Computers power so much of our daily lives, and coding classes help uncover the mechanisms needed for this to happen. The sooner kids get started, the easier it is to learn. In Create & Learn’s coding classes, an expert teacher guides a small group of students through key concepts using a project-based and inquiry-based learning method that helps provide all the context students need to apply their learnings in the future. Classes are small enough so each student gets individual attention and can ask questions. Teachers also get kids excited about what they’re seeing. Free online coding classes provide a unique opportunity for students to build general problem solving skills, creativity, and more, all from the comfort of home, no matter where home is.
How to choose the right coding classes for kids
To choose the right coding classes for kids, consider your child's age, interests, and experience level. If your kid is young or has little to no coding experience, we recommend our free Scratch coding class to start learning how to code. Scratch is a drag-and-drop coding language that is perfect for learning essential computer science principles. If your child is more experienced, they can expand their coding abilities with a free web development class and find out how to make their own amazing website. This class reveals some of the secrets of the Internet and web design. Or for advanced or older students, start with one of the most popular programming languages used in the real-world Python. Check out all of our fun kids computer classes here.
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Create & Learn offers many free coding lessons for kids. Explore fun virtual free classes taught by experts. During class your child will learn in a small group setting, and be able to ask the teacher any questions they have. All of our teachers are US-based, background checked, highly trained at universities such as MIT, Harvard, and Stanford, and have 3+ years of experience in their fields. We offer all sorts of class schedules, so you’re sure to find one that meets at your preferred time - whether it’s after school, on the weekends, or as a summer camp. Find a free coding class and get started today!
That’s us! Create & Learn is a company started by experts from Google, Uber and Apple. We teach cutting-edge computer science technologies such as coding and artificial intelligence. Today, we have taught thousands of students from around the world.
Each Create & Learn class is taught by an experienced teacher. Classes are limited in size so each student can get individualized attention. Most of our classes are project based and the teacher systematically introduces new coding concepts. Each project builds on previous topics learned. We want our students to be excited by what they’re able to make. So we put the emphasis on learning by creating.
We offer weekly classes and camps during the school year and summer, for students from kindergarten up until 12th grade. For beginners, we teach classes in Scratch coding to introduce coding essentials. For older and more experienced students, we have classes like Java Primer with Android. We offer the largest selection of coding classes for kids, including everything from Python to Robotics.
CODE aims to lower the boundaries to computer science education, especially for young women and people of color. They’ve reached millions of students around the world. One of their most famous initiatives is Hour of Code. Students can pick from more than 500 one-hour tutorials in subjects like mobile apps, Minecraft, and artificial intelligence. These courses are offered in multiple languages.
On their website they offer local in-person classes, but also many online tutorials and videos. Their platform is designed for students in grades K-12 and they’ve helped develop computer science curriculums. On their website, they have different introductory offerings like a video on the basics of computer science and a self-paced course, plus they show you how to get started with your own game or app.
Scratch is a free website, designed by MIT, where students can experiment with the drag-and-drop Scratch programming language. Blocks are grouped by what they do. They’ve helped so many people learn to code. It’s a great way to learn coding fundamentals without worrying about syntax.
Scratch is designed for students ages 8-16. There's a similar program called ScratchJr for students ages 5-7 (check out our Scratch Junior class to explore it). Scratch has some tutorials on their website to walk you through the steps needed to build different programs.
It's super easy to make a free account on the website. Then you can save your projects and even share them!
Free coding for kids resources
Check out fun free coding projects and kids resources on the Create & Learn blog. Here are a few guides and tutorials to get started with:
- Check out the best coding websites for kids. This is a great list of some of the most recommended free websites your child can engage with to learn coding languages.
- Standards for K-12 computer science education have been established in 34 states in the US, and the number of students taking computer science AP exams has tripled over the last three years. Discover the best free online coding resources for kids and the information they provide.
- We run a free computer science classes for kids series where you can hear from Google, Pixar, Unity experts, and more. Check out upcoming classes and save your spot today.
These virtually taught classes are so engaging, my son really enjoys them and is so excited to show us the coding projects he has completed on all 3 levels of Scratch Ninja. We will definitely be signing him up for more classes and thoroughly recommend Create & Learn to other parents.
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Amazing instructor. Can really keep my daughter engaged in a fun way. Thanks to Create & Learn my daughter's tech scores have skyrocketed at school.
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Amazing virtual classes that taught my son about coding. He has taken 3 classes and he loves them all. They have some really good programs. I would definitely recommend this website and I plan to sign him up for more classes.