Coding Kids Club is an organization of parents, engineers, and technologist whose mission is to teach kids programming. Real line level coding!
Kids today are not learning how to program computers. We want to change that. Coding Kids Club is an organization of parents, engineers, and technologist who work with kids exposing them to the wonders of programming. And the kids love it. Many of us grew up tinkering with computers, be it an Apple IIe, Atari 800, Commodore, TRS-80, Sinclair, or one of the many build kits. We got our hands dirty with line coding, and it was fun. For many it was an amazingly useful hobby. It infused a generation of kids with the curiosity and a foundation in math and logic that helped produce a generation of creators and launched the technology revolution. But there’s a downside to all this wonder and today’s easy to use intuitive tools. We have gotten so good that we have hidden the “wizard behind the curtain” that makes all this stuff work. Good old fashion line coding. Kids do not get exposed to line coding anymore. And that’s a problem. It’s a problem because they are losing out on developing their creative side while building out their math, collaboration and logic skills. As a result we have a gap where today’s youngsters are not prepared to pursue many exciting and rewarding technology careers. We have produced a generation of young adults who can use these modern tools but do not know who to create them. That is what we want to help change in our own little way. Red Stone Circuits is not an adequate substitute for code.
Mission: Inspire the next generation of creators!
The class schedule at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School is Wednesday April 6th-May 4th from 3:00-4:00.
Wednesday's class was high energy and fun. We had a mix of beginners and experienced students. The look on a child's face when they get their very first program to run is priceless! It's so rewarding to actually see the a-ha moment. That moment when you know they just learned something new and cool.
The advanced students are working on a project they will share with the class. They are diving into events and animations realizing how much it takes to build a working application.
We will share that application with this group when it is completed.
The February 24th computer coding class at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School has been rescheduled to April 6th. See the schedule for more info.
Our upcoming classes teach kids what's outlined in this article.
Charleston, South CarolinaCharleston County School District Charleston County Community Education Christ Our King-Stella Maris School Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA President ObamaNikki HaleyTim Scott
npr.org Adding a new, complex, technical subject to the curriculum won't be easy. We hear from students, teachers, entrepreneurs and educators about the challenges.
New classes coming soon. Schedule for Christ Our King-Stella Maris School will be posted this week. Other classes for Charleston County School District will be announced shortly. Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA Sullivan's Island Elementary School Jennie Moore Elementary #charleston #stem Charleston County Community Education #chs Tim Scott Niki Haley SmallBASIC Microsoft Small Basic
Here is a cool program to show your kids. Will work on this in our upcoming classes. You can see the code here.
Charleston County School District Christ Our King-Stella Maris School Charleston County Community Education Tim Scott #code #stem Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA Town of Mount Pleasant, SC - an All-America City Finalist! Sullivans Island Sullivan's Island Elementary School Advocacy Group Microsoft Small Basic
We have held a few of our coding classes at the Darby Building in partnership with the Mount Pleasant Department of Recreation. These are the same classes we have held at Charleston County School District and Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. The Darby Building space works well and the kids are engaged!
The schedule for upcoming Darby Building classes can be found here.
We will be offering classes at COK-SM and CCSD beginning 2016. Details to follow.
If you have questions please reply to this post. You can also contact Florine Russell about how to register for the Darby Building classes.
Florine S. Russell
Recreation Specialist II
Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
The new school year is almost upon us. We will be offering after school coding classes at several CCSD schools, MP Rec in the OV, and other schools in and around MP. Schedule will be published soon. Christ Our King-Stella Maris School
Charleston County School District
“Now that software lives in our pockets, runs our cars and homes, and dominates our waking lives, ignorance is no longer acceptable. The world belongs to people who code. Those who don’t understand will be left behind.”
Charleston County School District Christ Our King-Stella Maris School Mount Pleasant, South Carolina #chskids Charleston County Community Education Charleston, South Carolina #smallbasic
www.forbes.com #BloombergBusiness: 38,000 word article
What is Code? BusinessWeek "those who don’t understand it will be left behind".
Recognizing that the world now belongs to people who code, and those who don’t understand it will be left behind, the issue is devoted to demystifying code and the culture of the people who make it.....Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA Charleston County Community Education Charleston County School District Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Christ Our King-Stella Maris School #chskids #code
www.bloomberg.com Bloomberg Businessweek today released The Code Issue, a special double issue containing a single essay by writer and programmer Paul Ford.
Great final day at the Coding Camp at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. This girl wins a prize for her awesomeness! We covered a lot of ground this week so remember to tinker at home! And email [email protected] if you need help with any of your code. Charleston, South Carolina Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Charleston County Community Education #smallbasic #microsoft #stem
We have just added a 9AM-Noon camp on June 22nd. Registration info: http://codingkidsclub.com/schedule/ Christ Our King-Stella Maris School Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Great first 2 days at coding camp. This program animation was created by one of the girls who was a total newbie to coding. Now that we have covered the basics of variables, loops, and conditions we will now introduce events and start game development! Christ Our King-Stella Maris School Charleston County Community Education Charleston County School DistrictMount Pleasant, South Carolina
Here is one of our 4th graders first animation. She did a great job! There is real code underneath all that hand waving. #girlscancode Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA Charleston County Community Education Charleston County School District #stem Tim Scott
We tried something different today at the MPA coding class. This young man was very proud of his creation.
Today we experimented with animations. Each student drew their own images in MS Paint and then animated them by writing a program. The level of creativity was impressive. One girl wrote a story using 6 images with a cool little script. This is a strong lesson format as it allows the kids to code a story with illustrations they create. Some cool stuff.
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Last week went by fast! We finished up our last class at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School and will be completing Saint James Santee Elementary School Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA Sullivan's Island Elementary School Advocacy Group JME PTA
Final lesson will be building a Rock, Paper, Scissors game. This helps the kids learn about conditional logic, variables, and more flow control.
Time permitting we will create some music using Music Markup language IE: Sound.PlayMusic("O5 C8 C8 G8 G8 A8 A8 G4 F8 F8 E8 E8 D8 D8 C4")
Summer Camp Schedule is live here: http://codingkidsclub.com/schedule/
Rock Paper Scissors link:
We held our final class at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School yesterday and I must say, I was sad to see it ending.
Debbie and I wanted to thank you for entrusting us with your little gems and wish you all a safe and happy summer. We will be holding coding Summer Camps at COK-SM as well as some more classes in the fall.
The feedback from the kids was just priceless. One commented that the classes were too short. We said "Its already been a long day. Don't you think an hour and a half is enough? You must be getting tired?!?!?!" and the reply "No, I want them to go on for another 8 weeks!".
For the summer camps we are going to run the classes a bit differently. We are going to build a game (probably a retro-Atari revival) over the five days. Each day they will focus on part of the build and a core coding lesson that will also be a sugar coated lesson in math and logic. The time will be broken up with a few breaks to get out and move around a bit.....
A few of the kids asked what to do if they needed help between now and whenever we meet again. Both Debbie and I are here and happy to help in anyway we can.
You can email us [email protected] [email protected] or post a message right here on Facebook.
Mr. Z will be sending out the summer schedule shortly, but please please please don't hesitate to let us know if we can help with any "IT IS NOT WORKING!!!!!" type of issues.
John and Debbie
"How many donkeys will it take to fill my room?"
Fun times this week with our coding classes at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School St. James Santee ElementaryMoore Jennie Elementary SchoolMt. Pleasant Academy PTA Sullivan's Island Elementary School Advocacy Group
Love the creativity. We wrote a multiple choice program and the kids were encouraged to be creative and make up their own questions. I think this was the most random by far. This is #Stem and the #OpportunityAgenda in one. Tim Scott Nikki Haley Congressman Mark Sanford
Had our 2nd class at Saint James Santee Elementary School today. Class of all girls except for one boy. Great to see girls getting into coding. Even though they were tired from testing they went a solid hour and wanted to keep going. Great bunch of hard working kids.
Charleston County School District Charleston County Community Education #dig2015 #girlscode #boyscodetoo Tim Scott
At our Christ Our King-Stella Maris School class on Tuesday we asked the kids for feedback on the class to date. To sum it up:
More exercises that use animations
They liked starting off with an existing program and modifying it.
Wanted to know of there would be class in the fall
More "free style" time. This is when they get to present their work to the class.
Attached is one comment worth noting. A simple game like Minecraft! Wow. Would hate to see what complicated looks like given there a several hundred thousand lines of code in Minecraft. Nice!
The exercise for the day was to extend a multiple choice test in honor of test week. The exercise focused on variables, IF THEN, and flow control using Sub Routines. It was well received. Microsoft Small Basic DIG SOUTH #charleston #chs #code
In honor of test week, at today's MPA coding class, we coded a test! The kids coded their own multiple choice style test to get familiar with IF THEN statements, variables, and a bit of refactoring. Time flew and they kids did not want to leave! So cool to see that level enthusiasm!
Charleston County School District Charleston County Community Education Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham
Today's coding class at Jennie Moore Elementary was a blast. Great group of kids with an amazing focus and interest in learning to code. They dug right in and were using variables and loops to draw some cool geometric shapes in the first 15 minutes.
Nice job by the Charleston County School District in providing a state of the art computer lab. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina #chs
Great first coding class at Sullivan's Island Elementary School
Kids loved it. Quote of the day "this was better than recess!" Had the pry the kids out of the lab.
#chs #chskids Sullivans Island
Charleston County Community Education
Charleston County School District
Sullivan's Island Elementary School Advocacy Group Congressman Mark Sanford
At this week's Christ Our King-Stella Maris School coding class we worked on a simple animation to reinforce the XY Axis. The exercise had them display the XY coordinates of the mouse pointer and then make a ball move to the point on the screen where they click.
The exercise covered responding to events, using functions/sub-routines, and illustrated how the code interacts with user input, which in this case was moving and clicking the mouse.
The code for the exercise follows. It's not a lot of code but it did burnout some brain cells. Some of the older kids flew through it so we move them on to program flow control using more complex functions.
For next weeks class we will take a look at flow control using functions with parameters in both Python (for the older kids) and Small Basic without parameters for the younger ones.
The Ball Animation: http://smallbasic.com/smallbasic.com/program/?WWV036
ball = Shapes.AddEllipse(30,30)
GraphicsWindow.MouseMove = mousemove
GraphicsWindow.MouseDown = SetXY
x1 = GraphicsWindow.MouseX
y1 = GraphicsWindow.Mousey
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We held our first class at Saint James Santee Elementary School Charleston County School District Charleston County Community Education
First time we have ever had more girls than boys! It was also one of the most energized and FOCUSED groups we have seen. Shoutout to the kids, teachers and staff.
Enthusiastic kids showing off their coding skills at our 1st Charleston County School District MPA coding class.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
In yesterday's Christ Our King-Stella Maris School coding class we shook off some of the spring break dust and worked on combining a few concepts covered in earlier classes.
We created a guessing game program that uses "Events" "XY Axis" and "If Then". It was a bit on the advanced side but I was encouraged to see some of the kids were able to fully grasp the entire program, while others were absorbing the core concepts. This exercise helps foster creativity which is a hallmark of any good programmer so the lesson's intent was to get the kids to explore how to modify the program in their own way, not get overly hung up in the details of the syntax.
The program and source code can be viewed here (link below). The "import" ID is LDN339-11 (the kids know what this means).
This is the core of the logic that the kids got to chew on!
If x>=0 And x=100 And y =110 And x=100 And y =220 And x=100 And y =330 And x=100 And y
The Charleston County School District will be offering after-school computer programming enrichment classes where kids learn real line level coding at Moore Jennie Elementary School Sullivan's Island Elementary School and Mt. Pleasant Academy PTA
Here's the registration 411:
MPA: Mon 4/13-5/4 www.tinyurl.com/cKcMPAs15
SIE: Wed 4/15-5/6 www.tinyurl.com/cKcSIEs15
JME: Fri 4/17-5/8 www.tinyurl.com/cKcJMEs15
#CHS #CHSKIDS #MountPleasant Charleston County School District
Sharing a bit of code for determining if a # is prime or not. Prime #'s are cool and what better way to learn recursion than writing a program to find a prime #!
TextWindow.Write("Enter the # you want to check for prime:")
isPrime = "True"
If (isPrime = "True") Then
TextWindow.Writeline(number+" is a prime #")
TextWindow.Writeline(number+" is not a prime #")
For j = 2 To Math.SquareRoot(number-1)
If (Math.Remainder(number, j) = 0) Then
isPrime = "False"
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Today we held our 3rd and highest energy class yet at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School
We did a recap of the prior two weeks material by stringing together everything we learned into one exercise or "recipe".
The recap covered asking for user input, naming and assigning values to variables, using variables in program statements, sending output to the screen, and using loops (For loop) to repeat a set of instructions.
Fun with geometry might be a better summary.
We stayed away from conditionals for this exercise as not to throw too much at one at the kids.
Everyone is progressing nicely and repetition is key to moving along and up the learning curve.
In addition to the recap, we also made an optional challenge exercise available to anyone who wanted to work on it. The challenge exercise introduces recursion as a looping or iterating technique.
Recursion is a very meaty topic and it takes time to learn how to "think recursively". It won't happen overnight but it's intentionally introduced now as once mastered it makes everything amazingly fun.
Below are links to the recipes and "cheat sheets" used in class. The kids can use these if they want to tinker around or if you want to see what they are up to.
We hope your kids are enjoying learning to code as much as we are working with them.
John and Debbie
Recursive Shape Cheat Sheet: TNS358
For Loop Shape Cheat Sheet: HQB864
#chskids #chs #mountpleasant
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