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Grades: 6th thru 12th
Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Format: Virtual / Online / Live Instructor
Duration: 10 hours
The Sample Schedule below is an example of an after-school program with five 2-hour sessions. Schools sessions typically run 1 hour for 10-weeks, but the scheduling is flexible.
Coding skills are among the most in-demand in today’s job market. Students get real-world experience with this introduction to computational thinking! Once they have the basics down, they'll go further to see how their coding knowledge applies to algorithms, arcade game design, and more. Students will start with logic games and Python—the fastest-growing programming language available—then move into object-oriented concepts. As their understanding of coding deepens, they will explore creating more advanced programs with graphics. With these fundamentals, they will be equipped to tackle whatever coding challenges they face next!
Coding with Python
Learn fundamental coding concepts
Prepare for more advanced coding content
Gain computational thinking skills
In this course, students will develop their Python programming skills through a combination of interactive, instructor-led lessons, collaboration, and independent project work.
Here’s a sample of what a week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of the key material and student experience.
Students will explore Python fundamentals, including an introduction to variables and PyCharm and start coding basic projects like interactive mad libs and stories.
Next, students will progress to Python functions and classes while building on previously explored concepts.
Combining their new skills, students will practice creating art assets and graphics with and begin exploring the PyGame library. If they have not already done so, they will also start working on their personal final projects.
Students will add layers of engagement to their games using Python. With instructor guidance, they will learn to incorporate features like 2D movement, collision detection, and obstacles within the games they create.
To complete the week, students will refine the UI and UX aspects of their game, create menus, and finalize their personal projects.
Virtual online classes feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each week includes live teaching of our personalized, world-class curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. Sprinkled with games, challenges, and entertainment, there is always something to keep the group actively engaged.
To run this online course with The Learnatory, students will need a Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer, a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing.
Any course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.
Our classes maintain an 8:1 student to teacher ratio ensuring every student receives individualized attention. In most classes, there is also an assistant teacher or intern to assist.
Python is one of a handful of great programming languages for kids, handling everything from web dev and game design to machine learning and AI. Not only is Python versatile and relatively easier to learn - thanks to its simplified syntax and focus on whitespace - it’s one of the most exciting and lucrative 21st-century programming languages around.
By combining coding with creating arcade games and impressive AI tech, kids can add creativity with the logic of programming for a uniquely well-rounded learning experience. Experts agree that Python is the most compatible programming language for machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Python programming skills are a must-have for concentrations like computer science, game design, engineering, and other STEM college majors. Plus, it’s one of the most high-paying programming skills out there. It’s hardly surprising, then, that lucrative, cutting-edge careers in data science, software engineering, and many more are on the rise! Learn more with 10 Reasons to Learn Python.
Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our 8:1 student to teacher ratio ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.