Coding for kids

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Coding for kids

Whether you’re a high schooler interested in the IT careers that you could explore with a qualification in code or you’re just fascinated by the world of tech and code courses, CodeSpace offers a broad range of courses that makes coding for kids and young adults accessible. To help you to understand the basics of what our programming courses cover, whether they’re right for you and how best to access them, we’ve put together an easy guide answering some of the most frequently asked questions from parents and prospective students.

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Wondering what code courses entail?

We’ve designed programming courses that allow kids, teenagers and young adults to learn to code at all ages and in an environment that works for them – whether in-school at a high school coding course, as an extramural, or at a robotics holiday camp. CodeSpace’ss courses are structured to teach core programming skills, then develop proficiency in a particular coding language. We allow students to learn to code in languages that are future-oriented and selected for their suitability to a teaching context. All high school coding courses incorporate digital literacy, as this is the foundation upon which coding skills can be built. Our facilitators intersperse digital literacy into code courses as required by learners' existing competence. Because our curriculum is designed by industry experts, learners get leading-edge tech education and an unfair advantage when they enter the industry.

The curriculum of our high school coding courses is intentionally written to operate like other high school subjects – while our learning pathway is modularised for flexibility to fit into any school’s schedule, it’s also structured to include short- and long- term outcomes. Whether high schools are keen to incorporate coding for kids as part of the school timetable or introduce them as an extra-mural, CodeSpace can provide the manpower and expertise to make it happen. These courses are CAPS-aligned, and designed to complement the mathematics and science curriculum.

CodeSpace hosts a robotics holiday camp for high school students at the University of Cape Town campus, which makes an ideal option for high schoolers based in and around Cape Town. At this camp, you’ll program an actual robot to move in a specific pattern and create shapes, created music when you learn to code with Sonic Pi, and create working code by using programming logic and code building blocks, which translate across different programming languages. Students are introduced to the useful, versatile concept of design thinking, and apply this skill to working as a team to find an innovative solution to a real-world problem and create a prototype of the solution that you can present to your classmates.

Are IT courses for my kids?

If you’re a parent exploring the possibilities that coding for kids can offer, you’re probably wondering whether code school would be well-suited to your child – and vice versa. The benefits of learning to code courses extend well beyond future job opportunities: coding for kids is taught by CodeSpace in programmes designed to stimulate creativity, problem-solving skills, and overall academic performance. In the longer term, high school coding courses are a great way to prepare learners for an increasingly tech-orientated tertiary environment.

From this point of view, IT courses or a high school coding programme have benefits for just about every child, whether they pursue programming courses further or not. Once your child has completed a high school coding course or a robotics holiday camp, they’re likely to have a good idea of what they’d like to do with their new-found skills.

If you’re unsure whether your child should learn to code, it’s a good idea to explore the options with them: from the high school coding courses well-suited to kids who love solving problems with tech to robotics courses ideally suited to kids who learn visually, they’re likely to find a programme that’s appealing. If your child is in grade 8 to 12 and has an interest in technology, programming courses are worth considering.

Coding for kids students playing and working on a robot.

Learn to code with us!

First, find out whether our high school coding classes are available at your school. If the answer’s ‘no’, but you’d like them to be, get in touch and find out whether we can bring coding for kids to your school – educators can request a full proposal for 60-minute or 90-minute lessons, in the form of extra-murals or classes during school hours.

If you’re a motivated, curious high school student enrolled in grade 8 to 12, who’s passionate about technology and where it can take you, our camps and courses are for you. Apply now If you or your child would like to find out more about the options that our code school has to offer, explore the programming courses that CodeSpace has to offer, and consider enrolling in a robotics camp. Remember, no previous coding experience is required.

Is coding and programming IT?

IT stands for Information technology and is the study or use of computing systems and how they are used to store, manipulate and retrieve data.

Coding is a very large component of IT and enables someone to control computers and to tell them exactly how they wish to manipulate information.

So Yes! Coding and programming is very much related to IT

What will you learn in an IT course?

The IT courses at CodeSpace are focused on coding and programming.

You will learn to:

  • Create dynamic, responsive webpages using HTML & CSS
  • Learn how to use programming languages to manipulate data
  • Think like a problem solver
  • Understand how technologies speak to one another

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