Wiz Kid Coding is Canada's leading Coding and STEM education company focused exclusively on creating and delivering innovative coding and digital literacy programs for kids between the ages of 4 to 14. Our programs have won great reviews from parents, educators and the many of the children who participate in our programs! We are proud to work with some of North America's largest school boards and to partner with some of the leading youth-focused organizations who have selected us to offer our coding programs to their children. We offer a wide range of fun and engaging instructor-led coding programs, including group virtual coding classes, summer and holiday camps, lunchtime, after school programs and STEM workshops
Wiz Kid Coding is Canada's leading Coding and STEM education company focused exclusively on creating and delivering innovative coding and digital literacy programs for kids between the ages of 4 to 14. Our programs have won great reviews from parents, educators and the many of the children who participate in our programs! We are proud to work with some of North America's largest school boards and to partner with some of the leading youth-focused organizations who have selected us to offer our coding programs to their children.
We offer a wide range of fun and engaging instructor-led coding programs, including group virtual coding classes, summer and holiday camps, lunchtime, after school programs and STEM workshops
The 2020/21 Experience at Wiz Kid Coding
In response to COVID-19, Wiz Kid Coding has further expanded its online programming in order to help keep kids happy, engaged and learning at home in a social kid friend environment.
Kyla Bolden, Ceo & Cofounder
Wiz Kid Coding (WKC) was born in 2016, when we ran our first coding program in Toronto, Ontario. From the beginning, our focus has been to make each Wiz Kid Coding program fun and full of engaging and impactful activities. Our coding and S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) focused curriculum is designed to capture kid's imagination, get them excited about learning to code and inspire their intellectual curiosity.
Through our innovative teaching methodology and programs, we have grown into a company which has launched thousands of children on the path of learning to code. As we have grown, we have won the support of so many parents, educators and youth-focused organizations in Canada and abroad who value our mission of creating the next generation of innovators.
Is Wiz Kid Coding technology free?
The Technology Needed for your class varies. However, for most of our programs, students will just need computer and access to the internet. All additional technology requirements will be specified in program description.
What do we mean by fluency? To be considered fluent in a language, you must learn how to read, write, and express yourself efficiently. Being fluent in digital technology is no different; you must learn to read, write, and create with the computer. Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab created Scratch to allow kids to do just that. Scratch takes the difficulty of learning digital technology and makes it simpler and fun through creative projects. These projects provide kids with the skills they need to develop a deeper level of fluency with digital technology.
What is Scratch?
Scratch is a programming language with an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
Why should kids learn Scratch?
1. Learn mathematical and computational ideas
As kids create in Scratch, they understand essential mathematical concepts such as coordinates, numbers, and variables in a meaningful and motivating context. In the classroom, kids usually feel little personal connection to the material. However, with Scratch, they immediately engage in the material’s concepts in fun ways. They control the speed of a racing car or track the score in the game they’ve created. Thus, their very own games teach them core computational concepts, such as iteration and conditionals, in an entertaining and educational context.
2. Develop essential skills for the 21st-century
As kids immerse themselves in Scratch projects, they learn about the development process used for project creation in various industries. The steps in the development process are:
The Scratch project-development process combines many of the 21st-century learning skills critical to a child’s future success: thinking creatively, communicating clearly, analyzing systematically, collaborating effectively, designing iteratively, and continuous learning. Although not every Scratch kid will become a professional programmer, Scratch would benefit every future professional no matter what field they take. Learning Scratch also helps kids be more expressive, develop their reasoning skills, and improve their understanding of new technologies.
At Wiz Kid Coding, we understand the value of a program like Scratch. Thus, we have crafted a world-class Scratch program to build those core technological and personal skills essential for future success while keeping kids enthusiastically engaged in the projects they’ve developed. Throughout the week, kids will participate in fun community-building games and team-based projects designed to build collaboration skills and create an uplifting camp environment.
School is finally out. It is a time to kick back, indulge in a little extra screen time, and embrace the freedom that only comes with being young. However, this free time can lead to a summer slide – a regression in academic proficiency. Experts warn that a summer slide can hinder kids’ progress and sometimes can play a role in determining their future career potential if not avoided. Let’s take a look at the summer slide and what parents can do to prevent it.
Key Facts about Summer Slide:
The Faucet Theory:
The three researchers of “Keep the Faucet Flowing: Summer Learning and Home Environment“, a highly valued foundational study on summer learning loss, provided a theory about why the summer slide occurs, especially for children from a lower socioeconomic status. They explained that during the school year, the ‘resource faucet’ is always on, causing children to absorb a critical influx of educational content. However, over the summer, that flow of material slows, if not halts, for students, especially ones from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This slowdown limits creative and educational stimulation, which causes students to lose a significant portion of knowledge gained over the school year. Their findings thus parallel the modern notion of “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Such losses accumulate over time, causing students to drastically fall behind their peers, spend an excessive amount of time relearning, or discourages them from striving for academic success. In the worst case, a student may suffer from each.
What Can Parents Do to Help?
The good news is that completely stopping or significantly reducing summer slide is not hard to achieve. There are several ways to keep kids engaged in good cognitive behaviors. Here are three fun yet engaging ways:
According to Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, nearly 60% of children ages 6 to 17 admit to enjoying reading. Therefore, the best practice for parents is to help facilitate their passion for reading. Parents should allow children to select reading materials themselves and read for enjoyment. Through this practice, children will receive the most gains in reading achievement, including better reading comprehension, writing style, vocabulary, spelling, and grammatical development. Thus, summer programs, such as those offered in public libraries or from companies like Scholastic, that allow children to choose what they read is likely to be the most successful.
Games and puzzles are an excellent way for kids to brush up on the basics while having fun at the same time. Game-like materials are also far more interactive than many traditional forms of education, like tests and quizzes. Gaming provides children with a safe environment for trial and error while stimulating their promising strategy and reasoning skills. Utilizing games and puzzles in children’s summer learning allow for kids to learn through interactive practice and increase their skills and confidence through amusing repeated practice.
Coding reinforces what kids are learning from books in a real-world setting. Experts have found that coding stimulates the brain and promotes learning. Also, experts noticed an improvement in the math and writing scores of kids who had learned how to code. It strengthens their skills to arrive at logical conclusions, handle unfamiliar tasks, and apply cautious and careful thinking. Kids will return to school with a better handle of constructively organizing thoughts to tackle the new challenges.
The summer slide is indeed something that should warrant caution and action from parents. Only through keeping children engaged mentally will kids avoid the summer slide and remain on the best trajectory towards achieving their potential. To accomplish this goal, thousands of parents have turned to Wiz Kid Coding, one of the leading companies in coding classes and boot camps for kids. Wiz Kid Coding specializes in providing the ideal environment for turning summer learning into something fun to do.
Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think – Steve Jobs
Literacy in coding is not merely an advantage, but a necessity in this technology-driven economy/society. With coding being increasingly essential for understanding how to work in sync with the technology around us, 90% of parents now want their child to study computer science. However, only 40% of schools teach children about computer science literacy. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of schools do not offer any coding classes, thus failing to provide children with the opportunity to develop a vital skill.
That is why organizations like Wiz Kid Coding have stepped up to combat this issue by offering coding bootcamps and classes built for children. Wiz Kid Coding provides children the necessary tools and skills to become coding heroes/masterminds. Here are 4 critical reasons why coding is essential for kids:
Coding is another language.
In 1947, Dr. Thomas Bak, a lecturer at Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, tested 853 participants at the age of 11. In 2008 and 2010, the participants were retested. He found that children who became bilingual performed better than projections predicted. The most potent effects were seen in general intelligence and reading. Bilingual students concentrate better by ignoring distractions more effectively than those who only speak one language. Research has found that coders can do the same. Learning how to code betters children’s thinking skills and memory abilities by exercising their logical thought processes and reasoning skills.
Coding fosters creativity.
Many researchers believe the traditional childhood experience has changed in a way that impairs creative development within children. The toy and entertainment industries feed kids an endless stream of prefab characters, images, props, and plot lines that allow them to put their imagination to rest. On the contrary, coding classes stimulate their imagination by providing children with an atmosphere where they can experiment, thereby strengthening their creativity. Space for failure is a resource a kid also needs. Coding encourages experiments.
By giving them access to the infinitely expanding virtual world, coding provides them a place to make as many mistakes as possible without parents concerning themselves with cleaning up creative messes left behind. Just as in life, each error will offer a valuable lesson. As a result, children can be creative while building self-esteem. Creativity and confidence lead to happiness.
Coding helps children with math skills.
Mathematics is cited to be the best exercise for the brain. Mathematics enhances your analytical and problem-solving skills and creates the basis for systemic thinking. Mathematics also improves the skills required to arrive at logical conclusions, expanding the mind to handle unfamiliar tasks with ease and confidence, and promotes cautious and careful thinking. Coding generally helps children to be able to understand and visualize abstract math concepts. It has been seen to improve their grades in a traditional math class. As they mature, children will start to see math class as something that has real-world applications to help them create, program, and design. As a result, math becomes a fun and exciting subject for many young coders.
Coding improves writing performance.
Dr. Larry McEnerney, the Director of the University of Chicago’s Writing Program, teaches some of the world’s most brilliant minds how to write effectively. In his sessions, he teaches bright Ph.D. students how to consider their goals and how to use their language effectively. Many writers are concerned with using language creatively to convey ideas in different forms: expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive. A story is compelling only when language is used correctly. For many coders, the process is similar. Coding teaches children to understand how to organize and plan their thoughts. As their coding skills are built upon, it will lead to developing better writing skills over time.
In short, having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future. Coding helps children with dealing with distractions, fostering creativity, honing math skills, and writing effectively. As they learn to code, they learn that mistakes are not something to be ashamed of, but something to learn from. Ever clearer, coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is essential for kids and performing adults to effectively understand and to work in sync with the technology around them.
She was completely engaged in the sessions, talking and asking questions. It was exactly what she wanted. My daughter hates camps and hates structured activities... an artist at heart. She loved her Wiz Kid Coding online camp, though