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Top STEM League Summer Camps

Top STEM League Summer Camps

LEGOs, Digital Art, Coding, Quantum Physics, Chess, and Minecraft!

We're proud to announce the Top STEM League, a group of carefully selected, award-winning kids' programs partnering together to bring you the best online summer camps! These programs have earned 5-star ratings from hundreds of parents, have a strong track record in their respective communities, and a couple have even demonstrated their master skills on TV! No matter your child's age or interest, discover the perfect online camps this summer.

Brought to You by These Top STEM Programs

Boone Builds

Foster your creative LEGO skills, with lessons created by Boone, a finalist in the LEGO Masters TV Series.

CalColor Academy

Discover the Most Beloved, Top-Rated Art & Digital Design Program in Silicon Valley

Central NY Chess

Enjoy professional scholastic chess instruction for any skill level.

Create & Learn

Fun coding, AI, Robotics, and game building classes created by Google experts and Stanford, MIT, Harvard graduates.

Quantum Physics for Kids

Learn foundational quantum physics concepts by exploring amazing inventions and scientific discoveries.

Right Brain Curriculum

Explore economics, civics, geometry, and more while creating Minecraft-like cities!

Explore All Summer Camps 2021

Atom Secrets & The Periodic Table of Elements
Quantum Physics for Kids

This camp offers a fun and engaging introduction to the fields of Chemistry and Quantum Physics! The Atom Secrets Camp explores atoms, subatomic particles and the Periodic Table of Elements, over four 50-minute sessions (Mon-Thur or Tues-Fri). The course introduces students to 54 atomic elements, while exploring advanced concepts such as electron orbitals, covalent and ionic molecular bonds, and the structural organization of the Periodic Table. The course utilizes specially-designed cartoon Atom Cards (for atomic elements 1-54, provided as PDF handouts upon enrollment). In addition, printable full-color Review Handouts will be provided for each class session. Class 1: Hydrogen (1) to Neon (10) | Class 2: Sodium (11) to Argon (18) | Class 3: Potassium (19) to Krypton (36) | Class 4: Rubidium (37) to Xenon (54)

Next class: 5/17/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Metrocraft Daily: A Mission to Create the World's Largest Minetest City!
Right Brain Curriculum

WE'RE ON A MISSION! We have researched the biggest, most complex cities ever built in Minetest and we think we can do better! Working in our "24/7 open world," each student will be assigned a different, multi-step building project each week, as we work together to set the new World Record for the largest-ever Minetest city. Let the excitement begin! How Does it Work? This massive project will take months of hard work to complete, but students can enroll and re-enroll on a weekly basis as their schedules and availabilities change! This provides greater flexibility for families. Each week, students will meet with a teacher for a one-hour planning and logistics class on Zoom to choose their project assignments, ask and answer questions and get updates on the progress of the city. The majority of class, and the actual project-construction takes place between Zoom meetings in our "24/7 Open World." Metrocraft Daily teachers will be in our Open World consistently, during pre-scheduled one-hour "prime times" each day to help guide students and answer any questions (see schedule below). In addition, Metrocraft Daily teachers are frequently online in the Minetest world, simply to check-in with students and monitor progress. With so many projects to be completed in our attempt to break the world-record, it can mean hours and hours of fun each week for avid, young Minetest-ers! Students can choose to work on projects alone or in groups of 2 or 3, making this an ideal class to take with a friend! Please note, this is NOT a free-for-all build. Each city and build has been carefully mapped out to ensure project (more than 400 in all) boundaries, so that students know the objective, location and requirements for each construction. Get Ready to "WOMP!" Each build also includes a short project called a "Work Outside of Minetest Project" (or "WOMP"). Encouraging creative thinking, a WOMP guides a student through a research process on a topic, asking specific questions and challenging the leaner to engage in the material outside of Minetest. Each WOMP should take about 20-45 minutes to complete, for which students earn points that they can use in our monthly Point Auctions. *Before starting Metrocraft Daily, families can decide whether WOMPs will be bonus work or required homework for their student. A few examples of builds/projects and associated WOMPs: *Create a NASA-type launch site (with a WOMP about the 1969 "Moonshot") *Create a highway and off-ramp connecting two of our cities (with a WOMP about America's first cross-country road) *Create the seaport for one of our cities in the world (with a WOMP about the history of NY Harbor during the Revolutionary War) *Create a seaport statue in the style of the Statue of Liberty (with a WOMP on the history of the Statue of Liberty) *Create a small neighborhood featuring "Eichler" style homes (with a WOMP about Eichler homes and 1950s architecture) *Create a high speed bullet train connecting two of our cities (with a WOMP about the creation of the first bullet train in Japan) *Create an underground money depository modeled after Fort Knox (with a WOMP about the history of Fort Knox in Tennessee) Weekly Schedule: * Each week, students have a one-hour planning and logistics class in Zoom to choose their project assignments, ask and answer questions and get updates on the progress of the city. Students enroll in planning meetings based on their sections scheduled Zoom class time. * Work is done outside of class in our "24/7 Open World." * Our Metrocraft Daily teacher is also online a minimum of two one-hour periods each day to help guide students and answer questions. It is not required that students be in the world at this time but our Metrocraft Daily teachers are checking in on the students throughout the day. Prime Time Schedule: Mon 2:30-3:30pm EST Tues 10AM-11AM EST Weds 6:00-7:00 pm EST Thurs 4:00-5:00pm EST Fri 11:00-12:00pm EST Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm EST Sun 4:00pm-5:00pm EST Come join our record-breaking project!

Next class: 5/20/2021, 8:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Scratch Ninja
Create & Learn

Developed by MIT, Scratch coding is a great way to introduce kids to computer programming. However, not all ways of learning Scratch coding for kids are created equal. In fact, it is far from that. Learning coding is much more about developing computational thinking, creativity, and critical thinking, than writing a couple of programs.

Unlike many coding classes where kids are handed a sheet of paper and asked to follow instructions, with our small group, live online classes, interactive setting, and inquiry based teaching style, teachers lead kids who are taking early steps in computer programming through an enlightening process of creating, critical thinking, problem solving, and mastering computational thinking skills. Experience the best scratch coding course for kids and see the differences!

If your kid is new to Scratch, start with the free Scratch coding intro class, then rise up to Unit 1, 2, 3, and finally, Unit 4. Complete Unit 1- 3 to learn all the core programming skills Scratch has to offer. Take Unit 4 as well if your kid really loves Scratch and wants to create highly advanced Scratch games.

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Become a Chess Pro: Lessons for Advanced Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who already have a significant formal chess background, likely including having attended multiple previous camps. All learners are expected to already be comfortable with all of the foundational rules of chess, up to and including en passant capturing and stalemate, and also have a prerequisite knowledge of multiple checkmate strategies including the Scholar’s Mate (The “Four Move Checkmate”). Throughout the semester we will review historic games of famous chess Masters and Grandmasters, analyze the strategies employed, and learn how and when to replicate them, including some variations. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students should have a deep understanding of the advanced chess strategies discussed and how to implement them against their peers. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Opera Game: Analysis of Grand-Master Paul Morphy's Famous Historic Game in 1858 ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Advanced Tactics: The King and Rook Checkmate The Sicilian Defense (and Variations) More Practice Games Day 3 - Commonly Played Openings: The Italian Game The French Defense The Spanish Opening The Petrov Defense More Practice Games Day 4 - Magnus vs. Karjaken: Analysis of the Final Game of the 2016 World Championship More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 5/24/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Metrocraft I
Right Brain Curriculum

Students learn economics, civics, geometry and how democracy works as they join together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft-type world. Minecraft programs are limitless platforms for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss, and supply and demand. As they serve on a city council, they study how laws are made and work together to create and vote on a city constitution. They work in committees to make key decisions and design buildings for their city. Students use mathematics and geometry to construct a working urban environment. STEM skills have never been so fun!

Next class: 5/24/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Intermediate Lessons for Established Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners with strong previous experience with chess (such as completing our Beginner camp). We'll briefly review the basics of the game, and then spend most of the semester building upon that foundation with proven strategies used by advanced players, including early-game checkmate techniques. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a competitive edge in the game of chess, with a greater understanding of the game and greater confidence in themselves than they began with. They will also leave with a better understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete and win against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Brushing Up on the Basics: Brief Review of Beginner-Level Topics Protecting Pieces on the Board En Passant Capturing ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Swift & Shrewd Strategies: The Four Move Checkmate Pins & Skewers More Practice Games Day 3 - A Delicate Balance: The King and Queen Sandwich Checkmate Something to Avoid: Stalemate More Practice Games Day 4 - Puzzle Day: Introduction to Checkmate Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 5/24/2021, 5:30 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Junior Robotics
Create & Learn

Our small group robotics courses for kids, including all of our Vex robotics classes, are designed with students in mind by Apple and Stanford experts. This new Vex robotics virtual worlds class will teach students how coding is used in robotics through fun, hands-on projects. Students will learn how to navigate robots through virtual worlds and gain a deeper understanding of how Vex robotics can be used to solve problems through discussions of real-world applications.

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Become a Chess Pro: Intro for Young Beginners
Central NY Chess

This class is for young learners with little or no exposure to chess. We'll start by teaching the foundational basics of the game, and then build upon that foundation to introduce key strategies for winning games. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a thorough foundational understanding of the game of chess, how to plan ahead, and how to win against their peers. They will also leave with a basic understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Basics: Board Setup Piece Movement Introduction to Check & Checkmate ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Opening & Closing Games: The "D" and "E" Pawns The Staircase Checkmate More Practice Games Day 3 - Special Moves: Castling Pawn Promotion More Practice Games Day 4 - Advanced Strategy: Fork Attacks Introduction to Chess Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 5/24/2021, 8:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Metrocraft II
Right Brain Curriculum

As we build the state of Metrocraft's newest metropolis, these experienced students will each be asked to create an Architectural Company. Each client is a company (supermarket chain, football franchise, bank etc...) that is looking for a specific type of skyscraper or building complex to be built with a specific architectural style and certain requirements. As we study architectural styles and techniques, the student companies choose which client they will work for and then create the requested design as their new city expands. Meanwhile, each student's company must also invent a new product or promotion for their client. As we study marketing and advertising techniques, students create a marketing campaign, magazine ad, billboard and TV commercial for their newly-created product. They even market it to students in other cities within the state of Metrocraft. The final project will be to create an video a TV commercial to present to the class. Students can act in the commercial themselves or direct family, friends, lego minifigures, dolls or whatever they choose. Overall, this will be a more intricate and advanced follow-up to Metrocraft I, which will be sure to engage our returning students with new concepts related to both architecture and business.

Next class: 5/31/2021, 1:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Advanced Graduates Continuation Club
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who have completed our Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level camps (or otherwise have significant formal training and outstanding chess ability) and are looking for continued experiential learning following a similar format to our previous camps, with a dynamic revolving curriculum to facilitate a camp experience that can be repeated multiple times and still be productive and enjoyable. Each day of the camp focuses on a different aspect of chess learning and allows the students to experience something new about chess in addition to virtual chess games between the classmates each day with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Reinforcement: Instructor & Students Collaborate to Examine & Address any Weak Points in their Understanding of Chess Theory & Strategy ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - New Topic Discussion: Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp, a New Topic (or Topics) will be introduced for Explanation & Discussion, either at the Request of the Students or the Suggestion of the Instructor; this may include intricate openings, gambits, checkmate strategies, or any other high-concept topic. More Practice Games Day 3 - Puzzle Day: Checkmate Puzzles (Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp) More Practice Games Day 4 - Game Analysis: Rather than examining games of famous chess masters, the Instructor will lead the class in one or more in-depth analysis discussions revolving around games that the students played against each other earlier in the week, to highlight the missed opportunities, potential alternate outcomes of games, and to get students into the habit of using personal retrospective game analysis as a tool to learn from their mistakes and improve for the future. More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 6/1/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Python for AI
Create & Learn

Do you want your child to be ahead of the coding game? Start with Create & Learn's Python for AI class, and have fun mastering this essential computer programming language.

Python is a high-level coding language used by companies such as Netflix and Google, and it is also used for web development, game development, building apps, machine learning, and so much more. Studies have shown programming with Python to be one of the simplest and most popular coding languages when learning to code.

This live online class covers not only the basics of Python coding for kids and teens, but also puts a strong focus on the elements of Python that are most relevant to Artificial Intelligence, including data structures and libraries. If your child is interested in exploring more advanced code writing and computer science programming languages, this is the perfect small group class to get started. Enroll today to experience the best of Python coding classes for kids!

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Metrocraft III
Right Brain Curriculum

As the newly-elected mayor of a brand-new Minecraft City, students have their work cut out for them! In this problem-solving and social studies class based course, students not only build their city but govern it. During each class, as they work to construct the perfect metropolis, our student mayors receive individually-crafted "telegrams" from a their Cabinet of Advisers. Students will learn about governing a city, including coming up with tax and healthcare plans for their residents, and managing a city-wide budget. Ultimately, they will develop a political platform, and launch a re-election campaign against an opponent gunning for their mayorship!

Next class: 6/7/2021, 2:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Intro to Quantum Computing
Quantum Physics for Kids

Quantum Computing is an exciting new field being developed by scientists around the world. The National Science Foundation recently released a list of key Quantum Computing concepts recommended for children in K-12 grades as preparation for this up-and-coming industry. Incorporating these recommendations, this 4-session camp introduces students to the innovative approaches of quantum computing, while also comparing them to classical computing methods. Students will gain an understanding of traditional computing methods and newer quantum computing concepts, including qubits, superposition and entanglement. Printable Review Handouts will be provided for each class session. Class 1: Bits vs. Qubits | Class 2: Quantum Superposition | Class 3: Quantum Entanglement | Class 4: Quantum Measurement

Next class: 6/7/2021, 8:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Digital Art Lv2
CalColor Academy

The Digital Art Lv2 camp is designed to teach students 10-14 years old how to use artistic software in order to create art and design that is unique to digital art and illustration. Digital Art Lv2 camps cover various areas of digital art allowing students to explore what is possible. In this series of camps, students will be creating projects from various focuses including, typography, illustration, visual development, infographic, and graphic design. With or without digital art experience, you will find these camps fun and mind-open. We will be teaching different themes in different weeks. Students are encouraged to enroll for multiple weeks to explore more topics and polish their skills. Equipment: iPad+Apple Pencil+Procreate. Detail Setup Guide: https://bit.ly/3vpoO7K

Next class: 6/14/2021, 5:30 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Minecraft Code to Mod
Create & Learn

Kids can learn to code Minecraft, and turn their love of playing Minecraft into real-world coding skills. Let your kids' creativity shine in this Minecraft coding class full of fun and exciting challenges. Students will learn how to program games, stories, buildings, and anything else they want to make happen, and see it come alive in the Minecraft game.

The coding is done through a drag-and-drop interface similar to Scratch. But we teach much deeper computer programming skills commonly used in advanced text-based programing languages. It is a great next step for kids who have mastered Scratch and would like to continue to learn more advanced coding. All of our online classes are led by instructors who are passionate about teaching kids' coding, with no more than a handful of students per group. Join us to experience this exciting side of Minecraft for kids!

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Quantum Frontiers: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Antimatter and the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Quantum Physics for Kids

Explore exciting frontiers of quantum physics theory and research, including dark matter, dark energy, antimatter and the Standard Model of Particle Physics! This 4-session camp introduces learners to intriguing concepts in quantum physics that represent some of the most cutting-edge areas of current scientific research. In addition, this course moves beyond the 3 most commonly-known subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons) to discuss the 16 subatomic particles in the Standard Model (including quarks, leptons and bosons), which forms the theoretical framework used by modern physicists. Printable Review Handouts will be provided for each class session. Class 1: Dark Matter | Class 2: Dark Energy | Class 3: The Standard Model of Particle Physics | Class 4: Antimatter

Next class: 6/14/2021, 8:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Digital Art Lv1
CalColor Academy

Digital Art Lv1 is designed for 7-9 years old students on how to use the digital medium to create art and design that is unique to digital art and illustration. Digital Art Lv1 camps cover various areas of digital art allowing students to explore what is possible. In this series of camps, students will be creating projects from various focuses including cartoons, illustration, and design. With or without digital art experience, you will find these camps fun and mind-open. We will be teaching different themes in different weeks. Students are encouraged to enroll for multiple weeks to explore more topics and polish their skills. Equipment: iPad+Apple Pencil+Procreate. Detail Setup Guide: https://bit.ly/3vpoO7K

Next class: 6/21/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Electromagnetism Camp: Magnetism, Electricity, Photons and Solar Power
Quantum Physics for Kids

In this 4-session Electromagnetism Camp, students learn about the inner workings of atoms, magnetism, electricity, photons and solar power! Electromagnetism is one of the four fundamental forces of nature. This camp investigates the quantum physics of electromagnetism and energy, introducing students to key quantum physics concepts while connecting these concepts to amazing inventions that enable modern life, such as maglev transportation, magnetic induction electricity generation, X-rays and photovoltaic solar cells. Printable Review Handouts will be provided for each class session. Class 1: Magnetism & You | Class 2: Electricity with Magnets? | Class 3: Photons and the Mysteries of Light | Class 4: Solar Energy and Solar-Powered Electricity Generation

Next class: 7/12/2021, 8:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Mobile Coding for Apps and Games
Create & Learn

Learn how to code mobile apps in small, live group sessions. Every year, many billions of apps are downloaded to mobile phones. However, building high quality mobile apps has been beyond reach to younger coders. But not any more!

Throughout this course, students will learn event driven programming and how to create fun mobile apps from scratch. Students will also practice their computational thinking skills and do a deeper dive into Computer Science concepts such as loops, events, conditional logic, and much more.

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Boone's Build Camp
Boone Builds

Boone's Build Camp uses LEGO to foster students' own creativity and imagination! In this introduction course, participants will be led through a creative process to imagine, design, and build their own unique LEGO creations through six days of video content. Students can engage this content on their own schedule, since none of the experiences are live. We intend for students to use what they learn in the video content to spend the majority of their camp time building and being creative off-screen. This can be anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours, depending on the student. Each participant will be able to submit daily creations to Boone and receive written feedback.

Rovers, Robots, and Rockets
Boone Builds

In this camp, students will explore using their own creativity to design a unique LEGO space theme! Through three days of video content, participants will be led through a creative process to encourage their own design of a LEGO rover, robot or mech, and spaceships. While it can be helpful for students to complete Boone's Build Camp prior to this experience, it is not necessary. All three sessions can be completed on students' own timeline, as none of the sessions are live. Time spent building and creating outside of the video content can be anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours depending on the builder. Students can submit pictures of their creations to Boone each day and receive personalized, written feedback.

Characters, Creatures, and Castles
Boone Builds

This three-day camp experience, uses LEGO to foster students imaginations around building Characters, Creatures, and Castles. While it can be helpful for students to have completed Boone's Build Camp prior to this experience, it is not necessary. Participants will be led through the creative process of imagining a unique LEGO character, learning skills for building one of a kind creatures, and tying these together in a setting that tells their own imaginative story through LEGO. Students can complete the video content on their own schedule, as none of the sessions are live. Time spent building and creating outside of the video content can be anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours depending on the student. Pictures of their creations can be submitted to Boone each day, and students will receive personalized, written feedback.

Lights & Beats with Micro:Bit
Create & Learn

Micro:Bit coding is the perfect fit if your child is interest in electronics. Or if they may want to build robots or rockets one day. This little device packs very powerful capabilities: LED lights, speakers, a temperature sensor, a microphone, and even an accelerometer. Coding is done in a simulator that works just like the physical Micro:Bit. You don’t need the physical device to take the class. But if you do decide to purchase one, all of your class code will work perfectly on the device without any changes.

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Circuit Wizards: Arduino for Kids
Create & Learn

We are surrounded by electronics: smartphones, computers, TVs, robots, and more! While lots of students have learned to code, few have had the opportunity to build a physical system, which opens up a brand new world. Learn Arduino coding online to create electronics projects for real world adventures at home.

In this class, we introduce students step by step to circuit and Arduino, one of the most popular single-board devices. This class uses an Arduino simulator and does not require a physical device. However, if you prefer, an Arduino starter kits can be purchased online. The same code your student creates in class will work on the device without any changes. Get started with awesome Arduino projects for kids today!

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Build Your Web
Create & Learn

The Internet and Web are already an integrated part of our daily lives. But few know how it works, and the power it could give us. In this series of classes, we introduce students to the inner workings of the Internet and world wide web, from building web pages, and understanding how the Internet works, to learning more about the layers of business players around the Internet economy. Get started building your first web pages with our kids' website coding lessons.

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