Resources to Teach Your Kids to Code

Kids Code Jeunesse is dedicated to giving every Canadian child the chance to learn to code. That’s why, this past Saturday, the organization hosted an Hour of Code event in Montreal’s Notman House.

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The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, meant to show that anyone can learn the basics. An Hour of Code event can be set up by anyone and anywhere, so Kids Code Jeunesse invited families and children ages 6 and up to stop by Notman to learn Scratch and Python.

Without organizations like this, Canadian children are much less likely to be introduced to computer science. While England has overhauled its national curriculum to make computer science class mandatory from age five until the end of high school, Canada is lagging far behind. In some Canadian high schools, Computer Science classes are on offer as electives, if at all. Some primary school teachers are taking it upon themselves to teach their students to code using online courses. They’re hoping to spark students’ interest in a field ripe with job prospects; the federal government has predicted that jobs in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – will grow 12 percent between 2013 and 2022, with 35% of those jobs being computer science-related.

If you would like to help your child learn to code, here are a few sites that offer online courses:
Alice (Original object-oriented 3D programming language)
Cargo-Bot (Puzzle game created entirely on iPad)
Codecademy (Beginning programming syntax)
Code Combat (JavaScript) (Build a Galaxy With Code)
Code School (Ruby, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, iOS, Git, SQL)
Code Monster (JavaScript)
Daisy the Dinosaur (Basic logic)
Hackety-Hack (Ruby)
Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers (learn to code through robot arena combat)
Hello Ruby (tt)
Hopscotch (Make your own games)
KidsRuby (Ruby)
MIT App Inventor (Build an app)
Move the Turtle (Basics of programming using intuitive graphing commands)
Robot Turtles (Board game for coding basics)
Scratch (Original visual programming language)
Tynker (Fundamentals of programming)                                                                                                                                          Maryville University (Repertoire of computer science games for kids)



And if you’re looking for a way to support Kids Code Jeunesse, be sure to grab a ticket to Technoël, the Montreal Tech community’s favorite holiday party! All proceeds go to helping fund Kids Code’s mission to bring computer programming to every Canadian child.

See you soon,

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Ella Sibio
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