Most future careers will involve computers. In addition to computer programming and engineering, jobs like graphic design, medical science, education, and logistics all make use of computer technology.
While a camp allows kids to complete a project fairly quickly, coding or programming classes allow them to continue using those skills so they won’t lose them. As with any language, usage improves with regular practice.
In addition to a knowledge of coding and programming, patience is key! This material can be challenging for kids, and they will need repeated instructions and continual guidance. A good instructor will also make coding fun and relevant to kids' lives.
Some charge per class. Others per session or per month. Costs are in the $30-to-$80-per class price range at many locations. To test kids’ interest, consider a sites that offers a one-day class or money-back guarantee.
Programs for younger kids often center on games like Minecraft, using drag-and-drop programs to tweak the code. Older kids may begin typing actual code using a language like Java, or they may do web design.
Classes offer kids steady progress, but a camp immerses them in the subject. At a camp, kids often will learn lessons and apply them to a specific project, which they will complete by the end of the session.
Generally, it’s a combination. The great thing about coding and programming camps is that kids typically can work at their own pace, so they can move ahead quickly if they are able, but they don’t feel pressured to do so.
The day often begins with a review and a question-and-answer period, and then the new lesson. Activities may involve teamwork or solo learning. Kids usually take breaks, too, dining together and playing some team-building games or sports.
Usually not. Some camps may offer different levels for kids who have attended previous sessions, but there is usually a level for beginners. Most kids are familiar with computers from school and how to type at least a little.
- Mallika Thoppay, TechSmart Academy, San Francisco, CA