A basic knowledge of programming is essential for everyone in this day and age. There are many free or low-cost coding programs available to teach kids this skill. Learning how to build simple websites and games helps children develop their problem-solving abilities and express their creativity in a new way.

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Code Galaxy

Code Galaxy offers virtual coding classes, summer camps and private tutoring for kids. There are comprehensive courses on game development, design, web development, Python programming, and other STEM-related programs. Kids will get the opportunity to build real projects they can show off to their parents, teachers and friends.

Online: thecodegalaxy.com

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Imagineering in a Box

Khan Academy offers kids basic programming tutorials that teach them how to build graphics and animations. Their newest partnership with Pixar, Imagineering in a Box combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience.

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Code.org

Code.org is offering a set of resources to help students learn computer science at home. They are also working on resources to help teachers mid-course continue teaching remotely. For families without a home computer, Code.org offers smartphone options as well. 

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Codecademy

Codecademy teaches kids basic code through fun, simple exercises. To go beyond the basics you need to subscribe to Codecademy Pro. 

Due to school closures due to COVID-19, Codecademy is offering 10,000 scholarships to Codecademy Pro for free to high school and college students around the world for the rest of the school year. 

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Tynker

Tynker is offering free access to premium coding courses during school closures. Parents can sign up until Apr. 30. Educators and students will have access to the complete Tynker School PreK-12 curriculum, including Tynker Junior for early learners, introductory and intermediate programming courses, and interest-based courses, such as micro:bit, LEGO WeDo, and drone programming. 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

 

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