Online coding classes

Kids and teens learn how to program from home

In recent years, kids’ coding classes online have increased exponentially. Programs provide an efficient way to learn code from anywhere on your own time, in pre-recorded instructionals, or to learn from qualified instructors through real-time programs online. Popular languages taught in these courses include Java, Python, Scratch, and others, while gaming platforms like Minecraft and Roblox and programmable hardware like Raspberry Pi or micro-bit are also in demand. On this page find:
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Programs specializing in Programming (multi) (37 results)

The following classes and programs specialize in teaching kids coding online, everything from Java and JavaScript to Python and PHP, along with HTML and other programming languages included. Find university- and professionally-run organizations among this list of kids’ coding classes.

  • Online
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $349
Online

Projects include: a portable game controller, a rocket launchpad, and an electronically-controlled Mars Habitat. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Students are introduced to basic coding concepts through the creation of animated stories and starter games. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $260
Online

Precursor to C++ programming language. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $349
Online

Projects include: a portable game controller, a rocket launchpad, and an electronically-controlled Mars Habitat. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Students explore more advanced programming concepts using graphical coding to animate and create games using Scratch. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $349
Online

Children will build their own Mars Rover and control it remotely by coding their own transmitters and receivers Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 5 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

1-hour classes in 15+ coding languages! Coding Classes available 7 days a week private and/or small group. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

It is your time to shine by putting your ideas into action and designing a game that others can play. Scratch focus. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Designed for campers who have no previous experience in Python coding. Read more

,332,177,180,159,virtualprogram,coed,10012-132022-07-01
  • Online
  • Age 11 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $359
Online

Perfect for younger coders, using the popular Swift Playground app makes learning super fun! Read more

,349,177,350,314,2,268,180,virtualprogram,coed,35911-152022-05-012022-06-01
  • Online
  • Age 7 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $224
Online

Our campers apply block-based coding and create games. They use concepts like variables and constants. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $224
Online

Our youngest campers get introduced to block-based coding. Cover concepts like repeat loops, animation, sensing and more. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $260
Online

Build applications using core programming concepts such as methods, loops, and conditional statements. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

Learn Python basics such as what Python and programming is and its relevance to the real world Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

An advanced course in Python programming with a heavy focus on artificial intelligence and advanced level applications. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

Explore new libraries that give you access to tools such as speech recognition, synthetic voice, graphic images, and the web. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $349
Online

Children will build their own Mars Rover and control it remotely by coding their own transmitters and receivers Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 15 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $599
Online

An exciting opportunity for young coders to get hands-on experience building real working iOS apps! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Campers will learn logical flow control, method, and other coding knowledge through project-based activities. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
  • From $720
Online

Explore new libraries that give you access to tools such as speech recognition, synthetic voice, graphic images, and the web. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $34
Online

18 weeks, 1 hour per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Read more

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VIRTUAL
JAVA
Java: Beginner
Mar 01 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $34
Online

Maximum of 4 kids per one class. Live dedicated instructors. 23 years of experience Read more

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VIRTUAL
Python
Python: Beginner
Mar 01 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $34
Online

18 weeks, 1 hour per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $40
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Read more

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VIRTUAL
JAVA
Java: Intermediate
Mar 01 - Aug 26, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 7 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $37
Online

18 weeks, 2 hours per week. Maximum of 4 students per instructor. RP4K has 20+ years of experience. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Participants will learn how programming impacts the world in various fields. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $135
Online

Coding helps to develop logical thinking & creativity. Children build story, games, animations with canadian STEAM-educator. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $200
Online

We employ certified teachers from around the world to teach their passions in a way no school can. No grades, means all fun! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Campers are introduced to the fundamental basics of Python programming. Read more

,332,177,180,159,68,351,179,365,virtualprogram,coed,10011-132022-07-01
  • Online
  • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $100
Online

Expand on campers' base knowledge and dive into various Python types, functions, and libraries. Read more

,302,177,332,180,159,179,365,virtualprogram,coed,10011-132022-07-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

Gain basic coding skills with well-crafted lesson plans. Exploring imagination through coding. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

This program offers well structured coding lesson plans developed by Google in a storytelling way. Book a free trial class! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $480
Online

Your very first class in Computer Science! Learn to code, create games, and have fun! Know more about how computer works! Read more

,178,177,304,180,68,351,virtualprogram,coed,4808-102022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 10 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $575
Online

Learn and master the basics that will be used in all of your future programming. Learn from former Google software engineer! Read more

,332,177,180,68,351,virtualprogram,coed,57510-162022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

Developing advanced coding skills by integrating advanced features like text-to-speech, video sensing, and digital drawing. Read more

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Programs offering Programming (multi) as an activity (24 results)

These after-school programs may include some coding and some closely related activities but are not focused on teaching programming.

  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Be ready for a fourth waive of corona virus Academic courses for all grades Math Science and engineering English coding Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 8 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

Campers learn Math, English, French, STEM, Investing, and Debate. Read more

,332,177,180,159,179,365,196,2,32,195,362,135,358,79,366,91,275,129,97,270,268,19,188,0,virtualprogram,coed,2408-92022-06-012022-07-012022-08-01
VIRTUAL
STEAM
2022 one to one tutoring
Sep 07, 2021 - Jun 30, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Enroll to our online one to one tutoring and we guarantee you your children will get an A+ Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $225
Online

Tutored by a highly qualified computer science teacher, students develop their skills in their preferred choice of program Read more

,331,177,180,332,159,virtualprogram,coed,22512-132022-07-01
  • Online
  • Age 6 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

A+ in Math, Science, language guaranteed! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $379
Online

Design, build and program a remote-controlled tank powerful enough to battle other robots! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

Campers learn Math, English, French, STEM, Investing, and Debate. Read more

,332,177,180,159,179,365,196,2,32,195,362,135,358,79,366,91,275,129,97,270,268,19,188,0,virtualprogram,coed,24010-112022-06-012022-07-012022-08-01
  • Online
  • Age 8 to 12 (Girls)
  • From $0
Online

This series of summer programming presents students with an overview of engineering Read more

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  • Throughout British Columbia; Ontario (5)
  • Age 3 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $600
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Computer program via game development. Python, GML, C#, and C++ on the GMlegacy, Unity, Unreal, and Visual Studio engines. Read more

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VIRTUAL
Computers
1-on-1 Virtual Tutoring
Jun 17, 2021 - Jun 17, 2022

  • Online
  • Age 7 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $60
Online

Elite instructors, curriculum tailored to your kids' interests and skill levels, and ultimate flexibility for your family. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $240
Online

Campers learn Math, English, French, STEM, Investing, and Debate. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

QSEA is a summer program for students currently in Grade 7 - 11 to learn more about the engineering profession Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Register to our 2021 STEM courses featured by the U of T as most innovative program to empower your children for the future Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

Get the inside scoop on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $120
Online

Exercise your child's inventive and scientific mind through the world of STEM. Hands-on experiments done safely at home. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $150
Online

Exercise your child's inventive and scientific mind through the world of STEM. Hands-on experiments done safely at home. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $375
Online

Join our structured, week-long STEM virtual camps where middle school students and teens Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $90
Online

From understanding the parts of a computer to the basics of code, you're going to become a computer whiz kid! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $135
Online

Summer time learnings | Learn 3D animation with coding | Story- telling, games, and a lot more | Option of AR & VR Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

Create customised IOs and Android applications for your smartphone using the application building technology. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 14 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $875
Online

Do you have a teen that is interested in learning more about character development and game development? Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $0
Online

We offer free trial class on selected after-school programs. Book it now and we will come back to you. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $140
Online

Through these STEAM-centered activities, children build their understanding of AI & ML. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
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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.

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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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