Coding is an important language to learn. With the demand for STEM workers increasing, learning coding from an early age is a sure way to gain an advantage in today’s competitive career world. Kids code games, websites and more. They learn how computers work, exercise creativity, and build resilience and perseverance when trouble-shooting their code.
Kids will learn everything they need to know to code their very own game: character development, storyboarding, animation, environment and level design, beta testing and, of course, coding.
Skills Learned: Resilience, Confidence, Internet Safety, Logic, Game Design, Beta-Testing
Kids learn core skills that get applied in projects to integrate their learning and make it fun. Some of the core skills learned and sample projects made may include:
- Coding Characters’ Looks
- Custom Character Costumes
- Project: Moustache Party
- Events (triggering code to run)
- Project: Plant Watering
- Project: Plant Watering (Watering Can)
- Relative Motion (make sprites move)
- Absolute Motion (make sprites move)
- Repeat Loops (repeating your code)
- Project: Walk the line
- Forever Loops (never ending games)
- Project: Walk around the circle
MakerKids Mindset for Coding: Resilience
Coding requires a lot of trial and error. Programmers spend most of their time figuring out why the code they think should be working, keeps failing. The resilience to dig into error messages, run countless tests, address numerous bugs, and often starting from scratch with a different approach, is what eventually leads to rewarding success. This resilience can be used in many areas of life and is a valued skill worth having.
Requirements for In-Person Camps:
- None! You can use one of our laptops or bring your own, if it has the specs below
Basic Requirements for Virtual Camps:
- A laptop or desktop
- Internet connection
- Headset with microphone and headphones (or computer with microphone and speakers)
- Keyboard and a mouse
- Chrome browser
- Webcam (optional)
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