Resources for Coding and Making with Youth

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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.

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  • Short Hour of Code activities to longer multipart courses. Start by building snowflakes with Elsa and Anna from Frozen and work up to learning JavaScript and creating phone apps.
  • 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: (a visual programming language)

Coding Apps

Many have added web-based activities and curriculum

STEM & Maker Movement 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.

Area Activities

CoderDojo: an international coding for kids movement with area chapters

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: