Learn from MakerKids On Your Own Time!

MakerKids’ Online Course Library for ages 6-13+ features 10 online technology education courses to continue the learning from home for $25 a month.

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How it Works

Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3
1. Click “get started” down below.
2. Select your child’s age.
3. Learn online, from anywhere, on any device!

Impactful Learning

Future Ready

Your child will develop in-demand tech skills and gain a competitive edge that will benefit them for university, college, and their future careers.

10 STEAM Courses

MakerKids’ Online Course Library offers access to ten age appropriate technology education courses.

Certificate of Completion

Each student receives a Certificate of Completion demonstrating proficiency and learning.

Featured Courses

Grades 3-8

Coding Courses

Scratch Beginner
Scratch has a kid friendly interface which students will quickly learn to navigate through.  After an introduction to events and the flow of code through loops, the focus during the beginner section is on programming different types of motion (including using the XY axis with absolute position). Throughout this, the huge volume of image resources and
“looks” modifying coding options included allows for lots of fun customization.

Scratch Intermediate

The intermediate section of Scratch follows a similar system to learning any coding language, but with the benefit of the programs controlling characters on a screen rather than alphanumeric text.   Events, loops, conditional statements, and variables are all covered as Scratch specific blocks like the detection of collisions, key presses, and colours, or controlling speech bubbles and sound are introduced in a very straightforward manner with lots of example games that the concepts can be utilized to create.

 

Scratch Advanced

With the basics covered the curriculum shifts to combining concepts into more complicated game behaviour types such as gravity, side scrolling, tracking velocity and acceleration, levels in a game etc.  Some new Scratch capabilities that require a firm grasp of simpler functionality (like lists or clones) also get introduced to unlock even more impressive games.

 

Scratch Experts

Kids do more complicated concepts such as advanced physics, cloud variables, and drawing engines.  In addition to these new skills tested in barebones concept games, they are also encouraged to work on large scale and broader scope projects taking aspects of project management into consideration.  At this level there are a lot of different ways to program a desired behaviours and certain approaches to installing a system are more modular and easier to develop and maintain than others (e.g. don’t hardcode exactly what will happen into a sprite but instead have background code tracking changes and a general script in the sprite monitoring for these changes).

 

Robotics Courses

Arduino TinkerCAD Beginner

The beginner section focuses on LEDs and buzzers as outputs stressing the importance of visualizing the actual flow of electricity that results from the Arduino following our instructions.  Basic circuitry and programming concepts are also covered to give students a good foundation for more complex components and coding structures later on.

 

Arduino TinkerCAD Intermediate

After covering conditional statements and a few other slightly more abstract coding tools like variables, the intermediate section moves through component after component teaching kids what they do, how they work, and then presenting projects that they can utilize them in.  This includes things like potentiometers, ultrasonic sensors, light sensors, motors, and more. One of the most important “devices” covered early on is the serial monitor which allows the Arduino to communicate with the computer over USB and can be very important for debugging and calibration.

 

Arduino TinkerCAD Advanced

Taking the many components kids have now become familiar with, the focus of the advanced section is on the code that is controlling them.  More advanced structures like iterating while loops and techniques needed to handle interrupts with low level code culminates in custom subroutines that unlocks a vast number of projects that can support a greatly increased scope.

 

Arduino TinkerCAD Experts

For students not yet interested in text based programming, the expert level Arduino curriculum has lots of tricky but rewarding projects they can tackle still using block based TinkerCAD.

 

Minecraft Courses

Redstone Beginner

The first step in using redstone is learning about signal propagation.  With a few simple inputs and outputs (like buttons and redstone lamps) kids experiment and learn about the properties of redstone especially how its limited flow through blocks outside of redstone material.  By the end of the introduction they are perfectly capable of turning things on and off from a distance and ready to dive into some of the more complex inputs that don’t involve players manually flipping a switch.

 

Redstone Intermediate

Before getting into fancier circuits students learn how to hide their wiring which makes their creations that much more elegant.  This requires a concept known as signal inverting (i.e. a NOT logic gate) and unlocks propagating signals straight up and down. With most of redstone’s fundamental properties out of the way, various inputs and outputs (and the quirks of each) are covered one by one.  Components such as analog light sensors, block moving pistons, and item transporting hoppers and droppers, are introduced along with analysis devices such as comparators and some signal theory like monostable circuits necessary to use them to their full potential. Before moving on, a game mechanic known as “block updates” stemming from how Minecraft’s code works is experimented with which allows for almost anything to act as an input.  Kids are also introduced to redstone clocks that opens up a whole new type of oscillating signal type.

 

Redstone Advanced

With most basic machine types and the underlying theory under their belts, logic gates and other fundamental microchip logical units are formally introduced.  Mimicking actual real world computer components like transistors, the curriculum progresses through examples of constructing these (e.g. OR, AND, XOR, t-flip-flops, latches).  In practice this allows kids to build systems that can take multiple inputs and control multiple outputs. Professional Minecraft Youtubers have used redstone and command blocks to build everything from calculators in a few days to fully functional Gameboy emulators which take years to construct.

 

Redstone Experts

Redstone alone (without command blocks that is) can still be used to make incredible machines made even more impressive considering they are all done “mechanically.”  Whether harnessing the quirks of Minecraft’s block rules to hide structures underground before physically pushing them into place, abusing the internal game loops to create flying engines, or continuing on with logic gates to create the equivalent of redstone integrated circuits, some redstone engineers consider using command blocks the easy way out.

 

You have questions. We have answers.

How are these courses different from MakerKids Virtual live courses?
You can access them anytime!

How were the courses developed?
MakerKids started by asking what we could do to help students gain an understanding of technology education fundamentals. From there, we went through a curriculum development process that included selecting cutting edge topics; creating the courses; testing the content with students and educators; and working with educators to ensure the content works for different ages and knowledge levels.

How long will the courses be available?
MakerKids’ Online Course Library will always be available. Over time courses may be enhanced, added, or removed. This special offer provides unlimited access until September, 1, 2020. You may purchase access after that but prices may differ.

How many hours of curriculum are included in one course?
Each course provides up to 15 hours of instructional value, depending on a student’s experience, interest, and ability to grasp the material covered.

Will more courses be added?
Yes! While more than a ten courses are available for your child’s age group today there are more available now and more may be added in the future. As your child grows up they will have the opportunity to access additional courses.

How are the courses delivered?
Courses are available online anytime from anywhere on any connected device. Courses are self-paced and students are encouraged to complete the curriculum at a pace that suits their learning style and lifestyle.

What is the learning format of the courses?
MakerKids’ Online Course Library uses a learning format based on students completing courses that are divided into modules. Each module covers a specific topic and contains a series of lessons, assignments, critical thinking questions, and/or interactive videos. There are also quizzes, meant to quickly help students review and retain what they’ve learned, and challenges where students actually create, produce and/or complete a task to practice their new skill. Students can earn badges for each achievement that they complete.

What ages are eligible to use the Online Learning Center?
Currently, there are customized Online Courses for Grades 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Our 10+ courses have been designed for students from Grades 1-8.

What does it cost?
$149 USD per course. This includes unlimited access to an age appropriate Online Course Library course until September, 1, 2020. On September, 1, 2020 you will no longer be able to access the Online Course Library and will receive email based communications about continued access. See terms & conditions for full details.

Is this a subscription?
There are two ways to pay:
1) Yes, this is a subscription. You will pay $25 a month for ongoing access.
2) No, this is not a subscription. There are no automatic recurring charges. This is a special one time offer to purchase unlimited access to an age appropriate STEAM Learning Lab until September, 1, 2020.

How do I purchase access to an Online Learning Center?
Simply “Add to Cart” above and then check out. If you’d prefer you can call our in house guest services team at 1-844-MAKERKIDS. They would be happy to help answer your questions and set up your account. You can also reach us at [email protected] for assistance.

Register, Log In, and Ramp Up!

MakerKids’ Online Course Library courses are inexpensive and convenient; students work on the course material at their own pace, according to their schedule. By offering a variety of courses we hope your child will have the opportunity to explore many potential career paths and learn more about the latest technology available.

Learning how technology is made and how it’s used is important to empower students of the future with the understanding to excel in an uncertain world.

Learn While Creating

All of our online courses make use of high quality, web-based software that works seamlessly on basic computers and tablets. Custom video content, interactive assignments, and projects give students a hands-on learning experience that starts unplugged and teaches students how to make technology not just how to use technology.