Virtual coding camps in cities near you
For those who want to find programs run by locations in any city, here are links to separate lists by each. These lead to our advanced search.
What will my child learn in online coding class?
Here’s a look at what kids learn in virtual programming classes after school. Consult individual programs above to learn what they offer.
The basics of coding and programming concepts. Online coding programs, of course, teach kids the fundamentals of coding. Programs vary based on skill level. Kids learn concepts like logical flow control, variables, loops, and conditional statements. They progress to more advanced concepts like recursion, iterators, fractals and advanced data types. Some camps specialize in a specific type of coding, and teach kids such things as game design or artificial intelligence.
Programming languages. There are a variety of programming languages out there. They rise and fall in popularity over time. There are quite a few fundamental languages which are often taught in the programs listed above, such as Java, Python, Scratch and C++. Some classes teach kids a variety of languages, while others focus on one. Kids learn the same coding languages the professionals use.
Customizing video games. Other programs listed teach kids to code through a gaming platform such as Minecraft or Roblox. Kids unleash their creativity and let imagination soar by “modding” – or customizing – their Minecraft or Roblox world to create something unique. Learning to code via gaming is a super-fun way to cultivate an interest in the subject, especially for younger kids. It may also be helpful for kids who feel overwhelmed by coding’s reputation for difficulty.
Programmable hardware. While some coding camps focus on software, other programs teach kids how to program hardware. Using basic microcontrollers or single-board computers like Raspberry Pi or Micro:bit, kids learn components of a computer like inputs, outputs and processors. They’ll program them to do anything from counting steps to playing music to animations to measuring weather elements, and more.
Math and problem solving skills. The basis of coding is a problem that needs to be solved. Kids are taught to use logical thinking to break down complex problems. Coders also inevitably run into bugs in their code that need fixing. They learn to think through the steps that make up code, and try fixing it via trial and error. These experiences undoubtedly give kids an edge in math class. Coding problems, like math equations, are solved with logical thinking, problem solving, and trial and error.
What are the benefits of online coding classes?
There are many benefits that kids gain through their enrollment in virtual coding programs. Here’s a look.
Independent learning. The coding classes online, kids create coding projects all on their own. Students learn at their own pace, away from any peer pressure that can develop in a typical classroom format. Learning to create complex coding projects all on their own boosts their confidence and self-esteem. They can carry this into other independent work like hobbies, as well as other life experiences.
Minimal equipment and commitment needed. For parents who can’t find the time to drive kids to extracurriculars, online coding programs are perfect. Kids can take part in a fun and immersive coding class from the comfort and safety of their home. They make friends and learn skills without spending time in the car. The beauty of coding, as well, is that minimal equipment is needed, just a computer with a working webcam, a stable internet connection and a reliable browser.
Get a head start on a programming career. Careers in tech have skyrocketed in popularity and demand in recent years. Any programming knowledge gives kids a head start. It can be an important part of a foundation for any university computer science or software engineering. Some possible future occupations include web and mobile app developer, UI/UX designer, game developer and systems engineer. Careers in coding are quite lucrative, of course.
Unleash your imagination. Coding lets kids make things. Whether that’s their own customized world in Minecraft, a fun animation, a remote control train, or their very own video game, coding lets kids bring their wildest dreams to life! Coding is a fantastic creative outlet. It allows kids to innovate, create and express themselves – while gaining valuable computer and math skills.
An ever-increasing need for diversity in coders. Historically, the tech industry has lacked diversity. In recent years it’s awakened to the value visible minorities, LGBTQ2+ folks, women, and other marginalized groups bring. Steps to remedy its lack of diversity will continue. This highlights the need for girls and visible minorities to enter the field, now more than ever. Coding programs after-school are an ideal entry point, where young women, for example, can start on marketable skills that will open up opportunities. Increased diversity in tech will bring new perspectives to the technologies being developed. You can be part of a movement that helps make the world a better place.
What to look for in an online coding class
Not all online coding programs are the same. There are programs for different skill levels, age groups, grade levels and coding type. Here are some questions for parents to consider with respect to their families’ and children’s needs.
- Does your child have any coding experience, or are they an absolute beginner?
- Are they interested in learning a specific coding language, or want to gain experience in multiple?
- Would they rather learn to code something tangible, like a remote control train or a Mars rover? Or something digital like an animation or video game?
You will no doubt find a program that works for your child, but these are some basic questions you should address as you read through the list above.
Here are questions to consider asking the coding program before enrolling your child:
- What programming languages will my child learn?
- Are classes live, or are they pre-recorded videos?
- What is the instructor to student ratio, and how will this impact learning?
- How many projects will my child get to create in this program?
- Will we have to download any special software?
- Is there an advanced class at the same organization my child can aim to progress toward?
Build on your learning in real-world camps and programs
At OurKids.net we list over 200 activities and program types, most of these real-world camps and programs. Here are popular ways to expand the learning you’ve acquired in online coding class.
Programming camps, like coding classes listed above, offer a wide array of languages and platforms for kids and parents to choose from. Some generalized camps present a survey of the world of coding. We also offer kids’ coding classes.
Minecraft camps encourage kids to delve deep into projects exploring aspects of this massively popular platform. You’ll also find Minecraft programs after school on our site.
Roblox camp explores this alternative platform that uses the Lua programming language, allowing kids to create short games, and design and build worlds.
Python camps teach this more advanced language, one of the most used in the world. Camps teach the basics through Pygame and progress into higher concepts. Kids learn how to do animation, images, sounds, functions, and more.
Scratch camps, like Minecraft and Roblox, make programming accessible to kids 8 years old and even younger. It’s a great way to get a really good grounding in programming, and kids learn how to create simple animations and games. Kids can also learn more about it in Scratch classes.
STEM Camp offers learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This curriculum and these camps are constantly increasing in popularity. It’s a wonderfully holistic approach to practical learning you can also explore in STEM after-school.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many Online coding classes are there?
There are 16 programs specializing in Programming (multi). In addition, there are 6 programs offering programming (multi) as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.
What are the fees to attend Online coding classes?
Fees for Online coding classes range from FREE to $390 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.
What age do Online coding classes start at?
There are programs available for children aged 5 through 18.
Where can parents meet with Online coding classes?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.