Until we get back to the classroom – come explore STEM coding and engineering with us online and at home.
Our Virtual Code Clubs are the perfect, home-based option for kids seeking guidance, fun and collaboration while learning something new with friends. Best of all, they gain confidence as they learn to meet challenges. In online stem code clubs, kids have fun exploring and creating animations and games with Minecraft, Scratch, and Python.
Kids can take home a robot kit or computer building kit and learn hands-on at home with weekly learning support online. May require some parental support.
Experienced instructors establish a comfortable environment to encourage learning and exploration with cool new projects, video lessons and 1-hour video conferencing classes. This enables your child to interact with the instructor as much as they would in person. Video conferencing and screen-sharing capabilities allow teachers to work with campers in a group as well as individually.
Online clubs have a maximum of 8 students per teacher. To support students learning at their own pace, instructors provide individual support with project design, code and debugging to each student.
An added bonus: students can continue to create with code online all summer with the learning platforms we use in our clubs.
For our youngest students a new way to explore coding using the world’s smallest smart robots, Ozobots. Students learn what makes a robot work by completing challenges and playing games with this little robot. Students begin to understand and apply basic coding concepts using color codes and computational thinking. The Instructor will schedule a robot pickup/drop-off before the start of class for local students who don’t have their own Ozobot.
Calling all storytellers and innovators! Make animated stories and arcade games with Scratch, a drag-and-drop creative learning environment. In this camp, kids sequence code blocks to bring their ideas to life, gaining confidence in computational thinking. Girls and boys design and program computer games, animations and code their robots to solve mini real-world challenges. Campers develop essential STEM skills through game design and play, exercising reasoning, math, and problem-solving.
Scratch 1: Intro to Scratch Coding
Scratch 2+: Make Arcade Games like Breakout and Galaxy Shooter
Students in this class will be learning to code using Scratch, the creative development platform from MIT’s Forever Kindergarten group and deepening that knowledge by linking to the sensors, motors and Lego building blocks in the Lego Wedo 2 kit. This will be a fun-filled, hands on class for kids who are new to coding and interested in learning how things work. We’ll build with Lego Kits and code in Scratch then use bluetooth links to control our Lego creations OR even use our Lego creations to control our Scratch games! The instructor will schedule a Wedo 2 Kit pickup/drop-off before the start of class for local students who do not have their own kit.
Minecraft is our platform of choice for game-play learning. It’s an open and immersive learning environment where game-play gives students immediate and ongoing feedback about their choices. The Minecraft: Education Edition offers an engaging environment for learning computer science essentials, such as conditionals, functions, coordinates and more. Students can choose to code with visual blocks or directly with Python, and are challenged daily as they solve problems and collaborate together. Learning happens by doing. No previous coding experience required. Our coaches guide students at all skill levels in live virtual classrooms.
Level up! Python is an easy-to-learn and dynamic language that is widely used by software developers and scientists in machine learning, banking, scientific computing, and video games. Start with the basics in our Intro to Python and continue deeper into Python creating classic arcade games like Asteroids, Bubble Pop and Pong. New projects build upon coding concepts each day, deepen students understanding of loops, conditionals, functions and lists. Our instructors support and coach students via a daily virtual classroom as they try, fail, and try again to achieve the result they want.
Prerequisites: Minecraft play experience recommended
Get ready to explore real-world hardware with the Piper Computer Kit. Students build a mini computer, and then assemble electronics and circuits to solve puzzles and challenges within a raspberry Pi Minecraft adventure game. Students explore additional circuit coding challenges. Instructor will schedule computer kit pickup/drop-off before start of class.