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Code-it Hacks

Code-it Hacks

locations: Kingsview Vilage, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto

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Code-it Hacks
 

Code-it Hacks  

Locations: Kingsview Vilage, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto

Type:
Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs
Categories:
Computer (multi)
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)
Cost:
$150 to $2,400/session
Age:
7 to 18
Gender:
Coed
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Varies
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About this camp

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A technology school designed to train young people in grades SK-12 in Coding & Robotics. Based on the collaborative learning & design thinking paradigm, our Camps & Programs prepare students for the 21st century transferable skills while strengthening their technology acumen. Join Kids Code Club & Teens Code Club, where immagination is put to work to design, build & innovate.


The Our Kids review of Code-it Hacks

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Everything about Code-it Hacks is at the very leading edge of coding and what it can mean in a child’s life. The goal, per founder and director Shirin Merchant, is to bring imagination, creative problem solving, and collaboration to the fore, and seeing coding as a basic literacy facilitating all of that. The gender breakdown of the camps is clear from the get go, in that there isn’t one—boys and girls are equally regarded and equally represented. The addition of Raspberry Pi coding programs hints at a desire to adopt new and emerging tech that underwrites the development of the programs and events. Campers meet and work with industry leaders, providing an introduction to the people behind innovation, and taking the learning out of the classroom and into the real world, granting an experience of the culture of  innovation as it exists in industry. It’s a vibrant approach to STEAM learning, wtih hands-on play as a core component. 

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Kingsview Vilage, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto

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weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Coed
Ages: 8 - 13
Computer (multi) $299
Computer programming|Technology|Video Game/Web Design|Engineering|STEM
weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Coed
Ages: 8 - 13
Computer (multi) $299
Robotics|Engineering|STEM|Video Game/Web Design|Technology|Computer programming
Technology|Engineering|LEGO|STEM
Technology|Engineering|LEGO|STEM
Computer programming|Technology|Video Game/Web Design|Engineering|Robotics|STEM
Computer programming|Technology|Engineering|LEGO|Robotics|STEM
Computer programming|Technology|Engineering|LEGO|Robotics|STEM
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 9
Robotics $1,050/2 weeks
Kingsview Vilage,ON
95 Lavinia Ave
Jul 29-Aug 16$1,050/2 weeks
Computer programming|Technology|Engineering|LEGO|Robotics|STEM
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 9
Robotics $1,600/3 weeks
Kingsview Vilage,ON
95 Lavinia Ave
Jul 29-Aug 09$1,600/3 weeks
Computer programming|Technology|Architecture|Engineering|LEGO|Robotics|STEM
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 7 - 9
Computer programming $900/2 weeks
Kingsview Vilage,ON
95 Lavinia Ave
Aug 12-23 $900/2 weeks
Computer programming|Technology|Engineering|STEM
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 9 - 12
Computer programming $900/2 weeks
Kingsview Vilage,ON
95 Lavinia Ave
Aug 12-23 $900/2 weeks
Computer programming|Technology|Engineering|STEM
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 12 - 18
Computer programming $1,050/2 weeks
Kingsview Vilage,ON
95 Lavinia Ave
Aug 19-30 $1,050/2 weeks
Computer programming|Technology|Video Game/Web Design|Engineering|Robotics|STEM

Director's Message

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Shirin Merchant, Program Director & Founder
B.S. Computer Science, Masters - Advanced Analytics, Microsoft Certified Innovative Educator

I believe soft skills and technology skills go hand in hand. When teaching our campers technical skills, we give them the opportunity to develop their communication and collaboration skills that help them get work done in the real world.

As a working industry professional for past 20 years, I often witnessed the struggles of talented engineers and programers to also be good communicators and team mates. At Code-it Hack technology camp, your child will learn to embrace technology and will also learn to present their ideas and projects with confidence.

As a mother of a 10 year old, I am highly sensitive to my daughter's needs for a balanced childhood, where learning, relaxation, fun and a healthy nutritious lifestyle all go hand in hand. With that in mind, Code-it Hacks camps bring all the required elements of having a fulfilling camp experience.

In our collaborative solution-focused camp, your child will have a fulfilling camp experience with top notch industry professionals, hands on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) teachings, healthy nutritious lunch options, outdoor off-screen time, field trips, new friendships and lots of surprise treats through the Technology STEAM summer camp weeks.

See you in summer!

Best Regards,

Shirin Merchant


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PA day endless fun

My son just did a PA day with Code-it-Hacks and is hooked. He loved it and can't wait to do more.


A drive for learning for Lisa's 9 & 5 year olds

"My 9 yr old daughter is completing her third session with Code It Hacks and absolutely loves it! She started never having coded before and quickly fell in love with coding. She loves how Shirin makes it fun and interactive. My younger daughter who is 5 attended a PA day camp and is so proud that she can now start coding too!"


Learn how Shawn's daughter is hooked to Coding by getting one-on-one lessons!

My 9 year old daughter loves Code it Hacks. These computer skills are going to be key for her future. They have a one-on-one unique style of teaching the kids. Each child gets personalized attention and is able to move forward at their own rate. If you are looking for a great coding school Code it Hacks is your answer.


Learn how Tory's daughter is learning to code and over come focus issues while having fun!

"My daughter attended code-it hacks for the first time in the fall. We had an amazing experience. She learned so much while having TONS of fun. We were all surprised at how much she was able to learn. I don't think she even knew that she was learning advanced math skills. Plus, my daughter usually struggles to focus for any length of time. Code-it Hacks manages to keep her attentive, focused, and on track. Plus, the kids "LIKE" to do their homework! We are about to sign up for the third session."


My Love Affair with Coding

It was June of 1986. I was 10 years old and was enjoying the beginning of summer break. School year was over and mangos were finally in season. Other than the excruciating heat of Karachi, Pakistan, nothing else could have spoiled my summer break that year.

My mother, due to her own struggles of convincing her in-laws to a right to education for herself, never let an opportunity pass by for me and my sisters. She would always enrol us in extra-curricular activities by managing to raise funds – by baking cakes, hosting Ikebana classes, etc.

That summer, the community centre was offering computer programming classes for kids and my mother enrolled me. Computers! Who wants to be locked up in a room all summer? But there was something that was hard to say no to. Since, the computers had to be kept cool, the rooms were air conditioned - a luxury we couldn't afford yet. So, I reluctantly agreed to participate.

It was a small, well-lit room with 6 computer stations. One of them was considered sacred – it had a coloured monitor unlike the green monitors of the other computers and we (the young kids) were never to go near it. It was the "Apple Macintosh Series II". Wow! It looked stunning - especially the rainbow half-eaten apple logo. The buzz was about the cool graphics it created.

Back at my green terminal, things were maybe not as cool but exciting nonetheless. We were introduced to the Logo programming language where we could make a Turtle do movements. Things were not as dull as I thought. The subsequent summer, I took up a programming language called "BASIC". Had fun with it for a while, even tried the contests. How could I not? The short-listed students would get a chance to go to Singapore to compete in the finals! Long story short, I did not make the cut but it was worth a try.

Fast forward six years, it was final year of high school and I was to go to North America to get my law degree and return to Pakistan to join my parents’ practice. The plan was to get a business degree and then a Juris doctor Law degree. Well, it has never been in my nature to follow rules!  I graduated in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. With the Y2K buzz and the hype surrounding Microsoft's certified software engineering certification, the field of computer science was very coveted. I took on the exciting challenge with no fear of coding. All thanks to the hot summer where I was exposed to coding!

In the final year of university, I was determined that I would not lock myself up and write code all day. I wanted to be a consultant, help customers solve real-life problems. And that is what I did - but by writing code any way!

Fast forward 16 years, in the higher echelons of the management layer now, I no longer write code but lead teams of coders to implement large systems and often am amazed at spotting good programmers from the bad ones. And it all boils down to the training. 

Last year, I had to quit the workforce due to personal reasons. While I dutifully attended to family and their needs during this tough time, I was left with a void. "I could never return to work" I thought over and over in my head. There is no such thing as working part-time in this field. There is no balance I thought. But I was wrong!

My 9-year-old daughter, who is passionate about creating animations and games herself, would not allow me train her to code the "right /easy way". While she is good at what she does, I so badly wanted to train her - and voila, that sparked an idea. In a perfect world, how would I want to train her? What techniques and methodologies would I use? And that is how "Code-it Hacks" was born – to teach students not just the coding languages but the ‘art of coding’ – with a deep focus on collaboration, design thinking, leadership skills and team building. 

No matter which way I go, coding is what I know and coding is what I do best! Whether I love to code so I could sit in an air-conditioned room, or do it because it is part of my career or do it to teach my daughter, it is my destiny and it remains an ever-lasting love affair!


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Camp Locations

  • Kingsview Vilage, Toronto
    95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6S 3H9
  • Bloor West Village, Toronto
    The Blyth Academy -2489 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1R6, Toronto, ON, M6S 1R6
  • Bloor West Village, Toronto
    95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto, ON, M6S 3H9

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