Monday, September 23, 2013

Kids Coding Classes in the Bay Area

When I was in high school, I got my first taste of how much fun it is to teach coding by being a counselor at a computer camp. Back then, a "computer camp" was a rare beast, but now, there are more and more of them popping up - which is awesome, because it means that more kids get exposed to programming in a fun and friendly environment and have the opportunity to figure out whether they want to keep going with it.

I thought I'd do a little research into what kid-friendly coding camps, clubs, and classes are available in the bay area, and share that here. To find them, I first went to and used their "Find a school" search engine, which lets you find things other than just schools, and filter by format and level. Then I added a few that I've heard about personally, like GirlsWhoCode, who is bringing their clubs to the bay area for the first time this year.

Besides these classes, there are also K-12 coding events that pop-up, like the upcoming Level the Coding Field hackathon. I discovered a Bay Area kids programming events calendar which hopefully includes those sort of events.

If you know of other coding classes for kids in the bay area or have experience with any of these, please let us know in the comments. If you're not in the bay area, just search for options in your area and if there are none, consider starting a chapter of a club like CoderDojo in your own city.

Year Round

What Who
Technovation Android Apps High school Girls
CoderDojo SF HTML5 Games Ages 6-16
BlackGirlsCode Mobile apps, HTML Ages 7-17 Girls
BreakoutMentors Custom (tutoring) K-12
CoderDojo Silicon Valley Python, HTML, apps K-12
WizBots Lego Mindstorms Grades 2-8
Menlo App Academy Games Ages 11-16
HeatSV Data science High school
Digital Monkey School Art, animation, games High school
ComputerMagix Games, Graphics K-12
CodeNow Ruby, Robotics Grades 9-12 Minorities
GirlsWhoCode Programming Grades 6-12 Girls
SMASH Prep Video games Grades 6-8 African-American males

Summer Camps

What Who
Digital Media Academy Stanford Film, robotics Ages 6-18
Ohlone Robots Grades 4-11
BFOIT Programming Grades 6-12 Minorities
TechKnowHowKids Robotics, Games Ages 5-14
Digital Media Academy at Berkeley Film, Programming, Robotics Ages 12+
SF BaseCamp Python Games Middle school

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