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The Top Coding Summer Camp for Kids – Personalized for Small Groups

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After months of rain in the Bay Area, it feels like spring just started. But summer is right around the corner! As a parent, you want to make good use of your son or daughter’s extra time. So you sign up for camps and enrichment activities that may get pushed aside during the school year.

Coding a Christmas Game – Featured Kid Programming Project

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You never know where inspiration will strike. Peter is a 13 year-old boy in 8th grade at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. He started with a coding mentor back in September and right away started making exciting games. In December he was in the holiday spirit and created a game using Christmas

Being A Girl in STEM – My Experience With Few Peers and Finding Role Models

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I distinctly remember the first time I realized that I was in the significant minority in a STEM class. I was in my high school AP Physics class with 3 girls (myself included) and 12 boys. One of my female classmates pointed it out to me – “Where are all the other girls?” Even though

THIS Is What I Wish I Knew About Coding When I Was a Kid (From A Current Stanford Student)

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Jeyla is one of our kid coding mentors at Stanford University and shares her perspective about what she wishes she knew earlier about learning to code. As a Computer Science major, it’s no surprise that I love to code, however, this wasn’t always the case… My first CS experience fell completely flat. Without a mentor

Keep the Hour of Code Momentum Going All Year Long

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Did you know last week was Computer Science Education Week? Millions of kids all over the world do because they did something different in school … CODING! Last week was code.org’s Hour of Code. California alone had 6611 locations registered for events, the majority were schools that spent one hour of classroom time coding. The

Get to Know a Few Mentors Helping Kids Learn to Code

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The Breakout Mentors approach to coding requires much more from our instructors than a summer camp or after-school center. Let’s compare it to kids learning to make art. It is easy to help someone color between the lines. It is a highly structured exercise with most of the work done for you (the original drawing)

The Ideal Learning Environment for Kid Coders

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The term coding environment usually refers to what program you type your code into on the computer. It matters, but for kids the learning environment is more important. The learning environment is your surroundings, including the people around you! Supportive Coding can be hard – too often both kids and adults attempt to learn to

Kids Coding Tutors – Now Available In-home, Including SF

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Soccer moms had it easy. Remember in the 90s when that became an everyday term? Well a lot has changed since then. The modern parent juggles a lot more than just soccer. Now there are multiple year-round sports that often overlap, and somehow a birthday party every weekend. All this zigging and zagging over the

Consistency: Kids Coding Mentor of the Month Anna Verwillow

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“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” ― Tony Robbins Consistency is the secret to the personalized approach for kids learning to code. There is no perfect curriculum or teacher that can reach your goals in one day. You want to provide your son