Palo Alto Kids Coding Camps

Summer is an excellent opportunity for kids to code – more hours are available to discover new interests and dive deep on their passions. Kids coding summer camps are extremely popular, however you don’t want a one-size-fits-all camp. Make sure it is personalized to be certain they learn and have fun.

Breakout Mentors is centered around our talented mentors – Computer Science students at Stanford and UC Berkeley (also USF and SCU upon request). Our year-round mentoring pairs each kid with an exciting mentor for weekly 90 minute sessions – whether in person at the college, over video conference, or even in-home. They build a rapport together over months or years. The mentor provides the right balance of structured curriculum and encouragement of student creativity through fun projects.

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 3 hours a day for a 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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Palo Alto Kids Learning to Code

In Palo Alto there are currently 7 kids working one-on-one with an exciting Stanford University mentor. Overall we have 97 students across the Bay Area, including many for multiple years – there is truly no limit to how far students can go!

The logistics are whatever works best for you. The regular day and time is based on your preference, including weekends. It is one of the many variables we take into account when pairing your son or daughter with the perfect mentor. There is flexibility to reschedule directly with the mentor or skip if there is a conflict.

The majority of sessions are held on the college campus, which is an empowering learning experience. For families that live farther away, we do video conference sessions as well. The student shares their screen and talks live with the mentor while coding.

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Dodge Obstacles Scratch DemoSpace Invaders Scratch Demo

Beginner Kids Coding

The first coding experience is pivotal for kids – beginners will quickly decide if they are interested in continuing. They need to be challenged at the perfect level, with the support necessary to overcome challenges. It requires some structure to learn the fundamentals, but enough flexibility to bring their own creative ideas to life.

Most Breakout Mentors 8 to 11 year-old beginners start with the drag-and-drop coding language Scratch. Kids are able to make fun games right away while mastering the fundamentals.

Other kids are interested in immediately jumping into a language with typed code, like Python or Java. We begin with a series of small projects over the first 2-4 months to establish the basics. Students quickly progress to making games like Pong, Breakout, and Space Invaders with their own creative features.

Space Invaders Scratch Demo

Regardless of the programming language, it goes beyond tutoring – our mentors constantly adjust the difficulty to be just right. Kids are able to advance at their own pace, always challenged and having fun.

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Starting at $295 a Month

We offer several options to give parents the maximum flexibility.

Sessions are scheduled at a regular time each week with the flexibility to reschedule or skip. Which package is best for you?