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Top Online Coding Programs For Kids

Published Apr 1, 2020 | Updated Apr 2, 2020

Looking to make the most out of time indoors and get kids building real world skills? These online coding programs are a great resource to keep your kids occupied while learning valuable expertise.

It's no secret that computer coding is a hugely in-demand skill in today's world. Coronavirus has made it even more evident that coding careers remain secure in the economy and can be done remotely easily and automatically. Giving our children a head start on working towards their future and finessing readily applicable computer skills is an amazing use of time - especially while staying safe inside. Here are ChatterBlock's top choices for online coding camps and classes your kids will love:

1. Code.org

Code.org's vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. They are nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by underrepresented youth and women. 

2. Codezilla Kids

Kids ages 8-14 create a cool video game or dynamic animation each class using MIT’s popular and kid-friendly software, Scratch. They will collaborate and socialize with other children, learn coding from home via video chat classes in a small group size.

3. iD Tech

Learn to code, discover AI, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, and develop a video game with Unreal. Your child can choose from one of their themes, or customize their own! Kids will build in-demand skills and create a completely personalized project all from the comfort of home with 1-on-1 attention from an iD Certified Instructor. All levels welcome, ages 7-19.

4. CodeAdvantage.org

Online coding classes taught by LIVE instructors. They learned how to create high quality, educational and fun experiences for kids of all ages working with thousands of students in top private and public schools in the NYC metro area; one of the largest and most demanding schools districts in the country.

5. Code Monster

A free coding platform that outlines code and then in an adjacent box shows what the code does in real time. This is a great resource for kids to learn step by step and try out coding for free in an easy to digest manner.

6. Scratch - MIT Media Lab

You can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations with Scratch, then share your creations with others within the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, systematically reason, and collaboratively work which are essential abilities for 21st century living. 

Scratch is a collaboration inside the MIT Media Lab by the Lifelong Kindergarten Project. Everything is provided for free!

7. Khan Academy

Khan Academy provides practice activities, instructional videos and a customized learning platform that empowers learners to study in and out of the classroom at their own pace. Their mission is to provide a free, world‑class education for anyone, anywhere. They offer coding courses for free to encourage learning for kids everywhere.

8. CodeCombat

CodeCombat is a game-based computer science program where students type real code and see their characters react in real time. Their goals are to engage every student so that they believe coding is for them, empower any educator to feel confident when teaching coding, and inspire all school leaders to create a world-class computer science program.

9. LightBot

LightBot was designed with first-time coders so it works perfectly to teach new coders. It's been played by more than 20 million children and used by hundreds of thousands of teachers around the world. Using Software to solve puzzles, LightBot is a coding puzzle game that secretly teaches you how to progeram while playing!

10. Tynker

Tynker is used by 60 million kids worldwide to learn valuable skills such as: creating apps, controlling toys, using mod minecraft, building games, making websites, and learning coding languages. Their interactive learning allows kids to progress at their own pace and seamlessly transition to text languages like JavaScript and Python.

We hope these online coding classes and programs help your kids learn at home while having fun! Let us know if there are any great ones we missed in the comments below.

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