12 Year-Old Scratch Coding Camps

Kids learning to code need a personalized approach to keep learning year-round and to be challenged at the right level. They don’t need another one week, one-size-fits-all summer camp!

Summer is an excellent opportunity for kids to code – more hours are available to discover new interests and dive deep on their passions. For this reason, kids coding summer camps are extremely popular.

Year-round Breakout Mentors offers one-on-one mentoring. Each child is carefully matched with a Computer Science student at Stanford, UC Berkeley, or Santa Clara University by personality and interests to ensure the right mentor fit. They hold weekly 90 minute sessions where the mentor constantly adjusts the difficulty and introduces new concepts as the student is ready. Students are proud of their personalized games and itching to keep learning.

During the summer we also offer a personalized camp option. Our mentors travel to the student’s home to work with a group of up to four friends, typically three hours a day for one week. We design a custom offering based on the group’s experience and interests. The perfect way to have fun and learn a ton!

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Dodge Obstacles Scratch DemoSpace Invaders Scratch Demo

Scratch For Kids Learning to Code

Breakout Mentors often starts 12 year-old students with Scratch to learn programming fundamentals – we are currently working with 29 kids in Scratch across the Bay Area. Scratch provides a friendly learning environment with graphics to allow your child to explore the extent of their creativity.

At the end of the very first session, each student will have an exciting game they created. The mentor focuses on a limited set of commands to allow kids to think about problem-solving like a computer scientist and become comfortable with concepts like loops, conditionals, and variables. Kids love making their own versions of games, including the classic game Space Invaders. Mentors encourage the students to add their own creative features, like speeding up the enemies after reaching 10 points.

Space Invaders Scratch Demo

As students progress, mentors are able to introduce more advanced concepts and encourage increasingly complex projects. 12 Year-Olds who work with Breakout Mentors over months and years will eventually move from Scratch to a language they type like Java or Python.

Student Showcase Presentation

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