With homework out of the way, summer can be a time when families have time for extra projects. We’d love to see what coding and making projects you work on this summer, on your own, with your parents or at a summer camp.
- CodeAcademy: started with basic web development courses, adding new languages all the time. Requires good reading skills.
- Code Combat: Learn to code by playing a game
- Code School: many languages, combination of video and written tutorials. Most introductory courses are free, intermediate and advanced courses often require payment
- Computer Science Unplugged: learn logic through group activities that do not require computers
- Hackety Hack: Ruby, Introduction to Programming
- Made with Code: Coding projects use Blockly, a visual programming language and most incorporate music or art.
- Scratch: LearnScratch.org (a visual programming language)
Many have added web-based activities and curriculum
STEM & Maker Movement Projects
- Four Ways to Introduce Kids to Electronics (diy.org)
- Geek Gurl Diaries: Video tutorials by Carrie Anne Philbin
- Instructables: wealth of projects from simple to complex, crafts to hardware. Area teens like Quinn with his kayak have been featured on the site.
- Little Bits Projects
- Pinterest: Some notable boards: Maker Ed, School Library Journal’s STEAM Board, Tinkering Fun
- Science Experiments for Kids
- Science Buddies: Resources such as Bot Building for Kids and Their Parents
- Science Sparks: preschool-early elementary
- Short Circuit Curriculum Guide
- Ten Beginner Arduino Projects
Online Maker Camps
DIY Camps: Paid 4-week online camps including daily activities. Examples include LEGO Master Camp, Minecraft Architecture Camp and Music Inventor Camp.
MakerCamp: July 6-August 14: Six weeks of themed maker projects from Make Magazine.
CoderDojo: an international coding for kids movement with area chapters
- CoderDojo Cedar Falls
- CoderDojo Cedar Rapids
- CoderDojo Iowa City (Update: not meeting Summer 2015)
- CoderDojo Muscatine
Public Libraries: Cedar Rapids Public Library, Coralville Public Library and Iowa City Public Library have including making and coding programs in their Children’s and Teen Summer Reading Programs this year. These are a great way to experiment with some of the pricier electronic maker toys such as Cubelets, Little Bits, and Makey Makey.
Summer Camps: The following organizations have summer camps with computer programming, robotics and/or making activities: