Palo Alto Kids Coding Tutors & Classes

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

Breakout Mentors pairs each student with a one-on-one mentor who guides them through creative projects during weekly 90 minute sessions. It goes beyond tutoring – 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.

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. Kids build a rapport by meeting the same mentor each week, someone who is equally as exciting about coding!

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Palo Alto Kids Learning to Code

In Palo Alto there are currently 8 students working one-on-one with an exciting Stanford University mentor. Most kids travel to the college campus for their sessions – a very empowering learning experience!

The scheduling is flexible according to the family’s preferences. Some students meet right after school on weekdays, others later weekday evenings, and many on weekends.

Breakout Mentors is currently working with 107 kids across the Bay Area, including many for multiple years. There is truly no limit to how far students can go!

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Beginner Kids Coding

The intro to coding is a pivotal point for kids – beginner students 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. They require 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 programming language Scratch. Kids are able to make fun games right away while learning important programming concepts.

Other kids are interested in immediately jumping into a programming language they type, like Java or Python. We begin with a series of small projects over the first 2-4 months to establish coding fundamentals. 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, our mentors constantly adjust the difficulty to be just right. Kids are able to advance at their own pace, always challenged and having fun.

Student Showcase Presentation

Free Phone Consultation

Interested in signing up for a mentor? Or want to learn more?

Schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with a kids coding expert to discuss the specifics of your student!

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