Summer Coding: Keep Kid Brains Engaged in the "Off Season."
We know the struggle: keeping your kids engaged in productive activities during the summer months when everything around them is encouraging the opposite! You're seeking the kinds of activities they voluntarily want to do, aren't compelled to do so and the kind that teach them something along the way. That's why we strongly suggest enrolling them in a STEAMPunks Summer camp! Fun activities with digital and physical take home projects! (register here) But for those weeks when camp isn't feasible, coding activities offer a wealth of fun, brain engaging activities for kids as young as 4 up through 4-17! Here's 5 Kid-centric sites, platforms or programs you can visit to begin coding right away!
Kodable offers basic coding curriculum for free, with a a parent plan available for a flat free, that introduces an advanced curriculum for access on any device. Via self-directed lessons and a streamlined interface, Kodable is basic and kid-friendly with each component of coding broken up into individual units that present coding as a curriculum bound entity for big-picture learning. Each lesson is crafted to take about 30 minutes each too, a great feature for educators planning lessons around time blocks and classroom resources. (www.kodable.com)
With an inventive take on scripting, Blockly presents coding in a visual manner, essential for users with no coding experience to speak of. Via puzzle pieces on the screen, Blockly uses different colored puzzle pieces to distinguish different features of code and to show how code fits together. By dragging and dropping the code in sequences to enact a "story" children are exposed to logic-based programming before they've ever even seen a command prompt! Blockly also features games and integration with WonderWorkshop Robots (we're big fans!). Ultimately, Blockly requires a basic ability to read, but aims to prepare children for the experience of conventional text-based coding through quirky gamification and fun visuals! (https://blockly-games.appspot.com/)