Coding for kids: 6 cool apps to start coding
Coding for Kids
Coding is fast becoming an ubiquitous skill of the digital economy and the number one question parents often have is “where do I start”? While it can be daunting at the outset to see a multitude of tools and options, it is actually a great space to personalize a kid’s learning based on individual strengths and preferences.
Where do I begin?
At Kodeclik, we encourage kids to begin with a block based programming tool like Scratch or Makecode. These are great tools that are simple, elegant and powerful. Kids will learn the basic programming elements and logic without getting bogged down by the complexities of text based coding.
Is coding a STEM activity?
Coding is largely viewed as a STEM activity and the creative side of it is often downplayed. In reality, though coding is a technical skill since it is indeed a language you will use to talk to a machine, what a piece of code does is largely creative and there are no limits to what one can create using code! Kids’ all time favorite game Minecraft is a great example of the of the levels of creativity in a coding project.
Below are some cools apps we recommend for kids to start coding to unleash their creativity. The sky is the limit when it comes to coding creativity!
TinkerCad is a free, browser-based, 3D modeling system created by Autodesk, Inc. It uses the idea of constructive solid geometry where complex structures can be created by adding and subtracting other basic shape building blocks.
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GameMaker Studio 2
GameMaker studio is a great tool for students to learn to code by designing fun games. It has a drag and drop interface that uses blocks to build the programs. This is perfect for beginners to learn coding, logic and game design fundamentals. Advanced learners have access to the GML language to take your games to the next level.