Code Camp Is Coming
So late last year my son came home super excited that they were starting to learn about coding in his computer class at school. Kid was in Grade 2.
The first thing he did when he got home was turn on the computer, and show me this video.
Up until that moment I’d given absolutely no thought to coding, much less my 7 year old son learning how to code. But, seeing his face light up when he talked about it – and watching the above video – I was pretty clear; he’s going to learn how to code.
Kid’s Aren’t Afraid Of Technology
I feel like I’m in an in-between generation when it comes to technology. I was born into a house with a computer, so computers have always been a part of my life. We had the old DOS operating system, and even though as I got older computers became a lot easier to use, I’ve grown up thinking I have to already know what I’m doing before I can use technology.
Even with super intuitive smart phone whenever I get a new phone I spend the first few weeks afraid to do anything, or change anything, out of fear I might somehow bugger it up.
My kids – and I think most kids – don’t have that fear. They have a comfort level with technology that most adults don’t have. They’re happy to just have a go and see what happens. And as a result my kids could operate a smartphone before they can speak in full sentences.
So my kid has no fear of technology. Of course he can learn how to code. No worries. Same as he can learn to read and write. Coding (from what little I understand) is just like learning another language.
Or as my kid described it; coding is just learning how to talk to computers.
The Benefits Of Coding
Obviously as a parent I want my kids to have the best opportunities. I want them to be able to have whatever successful career they want in the future. And yes, I have no doubt that coding could be an incredibly valuable skill to have as an adult. But really just I want my kid to learn coding because right now it’s fun for him. It makes him happy.
In the same way he goes to Little Athletics, even though I don’t expect he’ll become an athlete when he’s an adult.
It’s just about learning a skill, having fun, making friends, building his confidence, and having a really cool hobby.
Sending Him To Code Camp
So as you can imagine when I was contacted by Code Camp to see if I wanted to collaborate with them on a post, and they offered me a 3-day school holiday camp for my child, I said yes! Absolutely! And I couldn’t wait to tell my kid.
He’s actually already signed up for a different coding after school program at his school next term, but we still jumped at the opportunity for him to do Code Camp as well. If Code Camp had been offered at his school he’d have already been signed up for it!
Though children don’t have to be a student at the school offering the school holiday Code Camp to attend – so I’m going to be taking him to a school not too far away, which I didn’t realise was an option.
To find out if there’s a Code Camp in your area just head to the Code Camp website and enter in your postcode.
They have 3 day school holiday programs, and also some schools have after school programs (Note: the after school Code Camp is only for students who already attend that school).
Review Coming Soon
I cannot wait for the review! At Code Camp they learn how to make their very own app or game. So after the school holidays my son and I will make a walk through video to show you what he made and talk about how much fun I’m sure he’s going to have.