Coding for kids is worth exploring for plenty of reasons beyond just enjoying a fun afternoon class (and dominating computer science). These coding classes help kids dive into exciting robotics projects, game design (think Minecraft and Fortnite—even film and web design. Thanks to plenty of fantastic S.T.E.M.-oriented venues in the city, your tykes, tweens and teens have access to some pretty impressive offerings. See below for some of our favorites!
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Best coding for kids classes in NYC
Get kids away from playing video games long enough to create their own! This facility allows beginners and gaming gurus alike (ages 7 and up) to tackle everything from coding and video-game design to 3-D printing and app building. They'll emerge with their own creation and the skills to build their own robots at home, thanks to the academy's top-notch instructors and teaching tools. Sign 'em up for private group lessons (2–5 kids) or for after-school programs (newbie offerings include Fortnite-Style Game Design, Roblox Coding and Hardware Hacking). Brooklyn and Tribeca (pixelacademy.org). Ages 7 and up.
Leveling up in Donkey Kong or building a house in The Sims used to be an impressive feat, but with sophisticated coding software, young gamers and designers are capable of way more. Kids can learn coding basics, design 3-D video games, make custom mods in Minecraft, create original animations, build apps and more in focused CodeAdvantage classes. Even first-graders can start absorbing the fundamentals of computer programming through game-based learning, and parents might pick up a thing or two by following along with their child’s projects through the online portal. Ages 6–13.
You’ll be seriously jealous of your tech-savvy kids after one of iD Tech’s crash courses in the coding, game development, robotics and design. iD Tech's programs are held at more than 100 campuses across the nation (including Columbia and NYU) and run anywhere from one to two-weeks. Students and parents alike will also appreciate the 8:1 student to instructor ratio; Kids are sure to get the precious one-on-one time that they might not be receiving in their classroom at school. Ages 6–18.
These programming clubs are all free and volunteer-led, and they're happening all over the world (with at least ten in NYC/the NYC area alone). Use the website to locate groups near you, where your kids can learn about programming languages in a supportive, creative environment! Various locations (coderdojo.com). Ages 7–17.
Technically inclined kids dabble in robotics (even LEGO-themed robotics!), video-game design (Minecraft!) and stop-motion animation. Over the course of a session, participants may construct robotic projects using motors, pulleys and gears, or even script and direct their own short film! The offerings are pretty impressive, so check out the full schedule on RoboFun!'s website. Ages 3–12.