If you have school age children, chances are you also have a little Minecraft addict on your hands. If you're like me, the last thing you want your child to do is while away the summer mining in an blocky online world with a pickaxe. Why not lure kids away from all those creepers by demonstrating that it's code the powers Minecraft?
This summer, my kids are going to learn how to code. It's not too early to introduce children to basic coding, much in the same way children are introduced to all the usual things like music and Spanish (or in our area, Mandarin).
Lines of code is in the background of our digital world. Here in Silicon Valley, and beyond, knowing how to code can be a very valuable tool. But for this generation of young children, the savvy programming skills won't just be the domain of Mark Zuckerberg but a basic tool for everyone.
With that futuristic outlook in mind, my kids are eager to learn code. They want to write the code that controls their Minecraft worlds. They want to build apps. They know it's a language they can use to their advantage.
We've tried out various apps like Hopstoch and Daisy the Dinosaur. We've dabbled in basic code at Code Academy and over at Khan Academy. I follow the Maker Mom closely, as she's got her finger on the pulse of all things digital for kids.
But I think there's nothing like sitting down in a small roomful of kids for instructor-led training which is why my boys are heading to coding class this summer.
My boys, who are eight-years-old, will be joining learning Java and Scratch! From the class description:
Imagine, being a kid of eight and already learning how to code. Armed with the magic of code, I wonder what boys will one day create?
Disclosure: Each of my children will receive a complementary week of The Tech summer camp in exchange for my honest reviews on this blog. The opinions in this post are my own.