Do your kids enjoy playing computer games? Do you want them to be part of the digital revolution?

Coding Kids runs holiday coding camps, so that your children can have fun learning how to program, create digital art, or make animations, among other things. Learning how to code is a creative and productive holiday activity!

 

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What is coding?

Computer programming, also known as coding, is the process of writing commands for computers to execute and complete a certain task. Using computer programming languages like Python, Scratch, or C++ (to name a few), we can write a series of commands known as a computer program.

 

 

Why coding?

For the fun factor!

Coding is a fun and engaging activity that allows you to build your own digital projects. The best part about coding is that it doesn’t feel like learning! In the process of writing computer programs and making other digital projects, students can learn about computer programming concepts, computational thinking, algorithmic thinking, maths, logic, graphic design, and user experience, to name just a few things.

It’s empowering

Coding is an empowering skill because it enables children to build and create. Coding is, in other words, a means of enabling expression, creativity, and collaborative inventing, and it gives kids the power to make their own computer games, animations, interactive digital artwork, and so much more!

It’s a confidence booster

Coding is a great confidence booster for students who do not feel confident in other areas of school. It is accessible to everyone. Even students who do not normally feel confident in an academic environment find that they really excel in coding!

 

 

It’s different from traditional methods of education

Learning to code encourages a growth mindset, as the process of learning is based on trial and error. Whether you are a professional programmer or a beginner learning to code, trial and error is the foundation of learning. Trial and error means that the student will no longer be afraid of getting something wrong, because it is merely a step in the learning process. This is unlike traditional education paradigms, which gives students a mark based on how many answers a student gets correct.

It’s for the future!

It is expected that coding will play a major part in Australia’s future, so why not give your child the chance to be part of that by letting them learn how to code these school holidays?

 

 

What is digital literacy, and why is it important?

Digital literacy refers to an individual possession of skills, behaviours and abilities that allow you to effectively use digital devices such as smart phones, computers, and tablets (and more!). In our technologically-inclined world, it’s very important for your child to know how to use technology!

There are two fundamental skills that inform one’s digital literacy, and it’s important to understand the difference between them: these two skills are technology consumption and technology creation.

Technology consumption

Technology consumption is about knowing how to use digital devices and software. This might mean knowing how to use devices like smart phones, tablets and computers, and possessing software skills, such as knowing how to use an Excel spreadsheet, or knowing how to make a PowerPoint.

Technology creation

Technology creation is about knowing how to create digital or technological products. This might mean knowing how to write a computer program, or knowing how to make a mobile app.

 

 

So what does Coding Kids do?

At Coding Kids, we run school term and holiday coding classes and camps to better develop your child’s digital literacy skills. We focus on technology creation — on teaching your kids how to build programs such as computer games, animations, and interactive digital art.

We support a collective of young inventors

Coding Kids creates a great environment for your child to meet other like-minded students. We encourage them to work together with one another, in order to build fun and exciting new inventions, computer games, and animations. Our Holiday Code Camps attract students from all over Brisbane!

We also teach in signed languages!

One of our coding mentors, Shawn Phua, is fluent in Auslan, Signed English, and many other signed languages. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Specialising in Education) from Griffith University, Brisbane.

 

 

Where do I sign up?

You can stay up to date with our upcoming holiday code camps and free tech events here! At the moment, we have two holiday programs available for enrolment:

 

Holiday Hackafun

Where: Yeronga State School, Bulimba State School, Hendra State School, and Ipswich Junior Grammar School

When: School holidays, next one is Monday 2 – Friday 13 July, 2018

Ages: 7-15 years old

Duration: 1-5 days

Price:

  • $130 per day for Super Early Bird Pricing until midnight Wed 13 June — make sure to get in quick!
  • Standard price is $180 per day.

Activities:

  • Learning how to code with visual-based and text-based programming languages, such as Scratch and Python.
  • Taking part in assorted activities, such as circuits with Makey Makey, Ozobot robots, 3D design and printing, digital art with CoffeeScript, and short animations.

What to bring:

  • Year 2-6 students are required to obtain a Scratch username and password from Scratch — you can get one for free from the official website here.
  • Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and a water bottle
  • Hat and sunscreen

If you want to enrol or find more information about Holiday Hackafun, you can go to our website here.

 

Holiday online code clubs

Where: delivered as interactive, online classes

When: school holidays and during the school term

Ages: 8-15 years old

Duration: 1 hour classes

Price:

  • $25 per class for Super Early Bird pricing
  • $43 for Standard Pricing

Activities:

  • Learn how to make a computer game using drag and drop coding blocks
  • Learn to program with Python and build your own computer game
  • Learn to make your own website from scratch using HTML, CSS, and Javascript on Notepad
  • Learn to do 3D modelling and design

What to bring:

  • A fully-charged laptop, a charger, and a mouse
  • A Scratch username and password — you can obtain one for free from the Scratch official website.

See you in our coding class!

 

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