Is your child obsessed with computer programming? Are you looking for classes that are fun, educational, and engaging? As technology is seemingly governing our lives, learning basic computer programming and coding isn’t just a pastime, it’s becoming a vital skill. Learning how to develop easy websites and games helps children perfect their design, rationality, and problem-solving abilities. It also permits them to convey concepts and creativity in a cool way. Check out a few of our favorite coding classes in the DMV.
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At Generation Code, their mission is to transform students into digital leaders. They use a curriculum that is co-created by both educators and coders, to teach the skills needed for children to progress technologically, innovatively, and socially. They truly empower kids to help them shape their future through code. They serve individuals through their and , and as well as using this innovative, co-created and professional development.
112 Church St., NW (Vienna, Va)
At iD Tech, children at all skill levels discover coding. Skills learned include AI, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design. They’ve been around for decades and promise small class size, a dedicated tech-savvy staff, and a forward-thinking curriculum that produces remarkable results. They offer classes in all the major universities in and around the DMV including Johns Hopkins University Rockville Campus, Towson University, University of Maryland, American University, Georgetown University, Howard University and the Falls Church Campus of Virginia Tech. At iD Tech’s Minecraft camps, for instance, kids who are obsessed with the game can learn some Java coding in an accessible way to unpack how the game is coded. Moreno says former students from iD Tech are now working with Microsoft, Facebook and Epic Games.
Lavner Camps is a Pa.-based company with more than 20 locations, including a D.C. camp at George Washington University and one at Towson in Maryland. Kids aged 6-12, can attend a video game design camp with apps, make a few games, and learn how to use an easier type of computer program called Clickteam Fusion 2.5. The older set (aged 9-13) can take video game design with GameMaker. Within each group, there’s room to grow and become more advanced.
By creating games, apps and websites, Coder Kids teaches approaches for evaluating, designing, and working together — all critical skills for the 21st century. Their courses combine tutor-guided, self-paced curriculum with group learning sessions. Coder Kids has a cutting edge curriculum that stays up-to-date on shifts in technology so your kids don’t fall behind. At Coder Kids, children achieve their goals and learn practical skills. Courses range from Foundation Building to Robotics Coding to App Building.
6647-A Old Dominion Dr. (McLean, Va)
Great Adventure Lab
The Great Adventure Lab teaches kids grades K-7 how to love science, with super-fun hands-on classes in Lego Robotics, Programming, Engineering and more! The Great Adventure Lab hosts science, engineering and programming classes, camps and birthdays in metro DC (including NOVA, MoCo, Howard County PG County, and Baltimore County). Since their founding in 2010, The Great Adventure Lab has taught over 10,000 elementary school kids how to write their first robotics or video game programs. They have classes and camps and will even come to you house, or venue of choice, for a birthday party!