GitHub recently announced its partnership with Hack Club to support students with coding. Committing to a $50K hardware fund, it announced working globally alongside Arduino and Adafruit on delivering the hardware tools directly to students’ homes. Designed for teenagers aged 13-18, the program is free of cost wherein students will have access to hardware on a needs basis and will have guidance from the industry mentors. This clearly tells us about the importance that global companies are laying on students and kids for coding. In this article, we list 5 institutes and initiatives that are working on teaching kids coding.
A global online school for 21st century skills, Campk12 teaches coding and STEM subjects to kids aged 5-18. With LIVE, interactive and gamified online sessions, it has been teaching kids to code since 2010. Founded in 2010 by an MIT computer grad, Anshul Baghi, it has since taught coding to more than 50,000 students and has partnered with 100’s of schools and institutions to inspire young innovators. It includes a 100% project-based curriculum with coaching sessions from Grade 1 to 12. There are classes on Augmented Reality, 3D Coding, VR game development, AI, machine learning, creating chatbots and more.
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A unique initiative by a ten-year-old Samaira Mehta, CoderBunnyz is all about teaching coding and AI to young kids while engaging in fun games. Her love for computer programming and board games led her to bring computer coding to a board game. The game teaches kids how to code using artificial intelligence. Called CoderMindz, this is reportedly the first-ever AI board game that engages a kid while helping them learn coding.
Providing a fun and educational game-based environment, CodeMonkey helps kids learn and understand code without any prior knowledge. It provides resources for students of various grades that help them not only learn coding basics but also how to code in real programming. It helps them navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment. It has various programs such as self-guided challenges, learning real-coding languages, and game-based learning for kids to learn.
Edtech startup founded in 2018 by ex-Discovery CEO Karan Bajaj, it teaches kids 6-14 years of age how to code and help them create interesting applications. It conducts sessions to build commercial-ready games, animations and apps online using the fundamentals of coding. It offers four levels of courses – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional that helps in creating complex games using logic, sequence, commands and algorithmic thinking. WhiteHat Jr is looking to expand globally and recruiting for various roles in product development, technology, operations and sales. It is backed by Nexus Venture Partners, Omidyar Network India and Owl Ventures and had raised $10 million in series A funding last year.
This program by Vedantu is aimed at providing high quality coding programs for kids of 6-12 years of age. With a belief that coding improves a child’s reasoning and problem solving skills, this program is taken by coding experts in the field of AI and machine learning. There are various courses offered such as Lil Champs for Grade 1 and 2, Young Learners for Grade 3 and 4, Early Achievers for Grade 5 and 6, Pro Coders for Grade 7 and 8. These courses involve a wide range of topics such as creating animations, commercial-ready apps and games, creating advanced games and chatbots using artificial intelligence and Python, IoT and more. It delivers customized learning based on student’s learning pace and has been designed by experts from MIT and IIT, and promotes activity-based learning.