Free Coding Resources for Parents
In our past articles about AT&T’s Youth Code Project, we have been emphasizing how coding can increase a child’s potential, both in the classroom and outside. To further that statement, let’s explore some more resources a parent can use to supplement our two hour coding workshop on August 18th. Side note: three of the four resources are free of charge!
In 2013, Code.org was launched to encourage and expand access to computer science for female students and underrepresented minorities. This non-profit believes that computer science should be part of the public educations core curriculum. Code.org houses several unique tutorials for beginners to use to keep their coding momentum going! Also, this organization is backed by coding celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates so it’s got to be good right? For a full list of tutorials, click here!
Scratch claims “thinking creatively, reasoning systematically, and working collaboratively are essential skills for life in the 21st century”, and we totally agree. With this site designed for ages 8 to 16, students can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations by simply combining blocks to build whatever they choose. Without obscure lines of code, this is a great way to get a great understanding of the fundamentals for a lifetime of programming. Sponsored by the MIT Media Lab, this service is one of the most popular coding resources for kids! For more information, take a look at Scratch’s parent section.
Finally, a site dedicated to encourage girls to become the next computer science geniuses. Currently, only 1% of girls study Computer Science and only 0.3% plan to major in it by high school. This site has the full intention to change that. Aside from an inspiring site, Made With Code’s projects are so well designed, you are almost guaranteed to learn a thing or two. Alongside courses, students can also “code with friends” in their community section. Not to mention, this site also has mentors who can encourage you too - they certainly did for us! If you’re still not sold, take a look at their “Why Coding is Kind of a Big Deal” article.
This site is the definition of fun for kids and helpful for parents. These game-like courses engage your kids to learn much more than coding. Tynker has a revolutionary and unique approach to “start visually, and then move to code”. This allows for kids to learn difficult concepts like loops and functions without realizing they are shifting to computational thinking. For all the visual learners out there, this may be a great fit! For a full list of their award-winning courses, click here!