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What Parents Are Saying About Our Coding Classes
  • Jo Warn, Grandparent
    We love everything about CodaKid! The customer service is great. They’re flexible and easy to work with. Our 7 year old grandson has been working with his tutor for over a year and it’s exciting to watch him learn and grow. Ethan has an incredible way of communicating and interacting with Jonathan which makes every coding class so beneficial and an exciting part of Jonathan’s education. What great instructors CodaKid choose. I highly recommend CodaKid!
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  • TomĂĄĆĄ BarĂĄnek, Parent
    We are very happy with CodaKid Coding Academy. Our son is learning Java and Minecraft modding. He enjoys it a lot and made a huge leap in his skills.
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  • Terrence Masson, Parent
    I’ve tried several online 1-on-1 coding classes for my son (starting at age 7, he’s now 9) and CodaKid is outstanding in the quality of its instructors and ease of operation; he’s doing Java coding for Minecraft mods and LOVES it. Highly recommended.
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  • Ci Tro, Parent
    My 12 year old loved their Minecraft programming course. It kick-started his interest in computer science. A huge plus for busy parents is the outstanding and swift support from CodaKid. No frustrating long deadlock, but friendly, competent help to keep the kids going and exploring. Brilliant!
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  • Jennifer H., Parent
    We LOVE CodaKid. We couldn’t even imagine a better experience. People are amazing — very warm, supportive and enthusiastic. And the program that they have designed is fabulous. My kids have attended several other programs and say Codakid is far surpasses the others .
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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are these online courses self-paced or live?
    We offer both options through two great programs: our self-study video courses and our private online tutoring.

    Our self-paced program can be taken anytime – on your schedule. Students will watch HD video lessons, pause the videos, code, design, and then test their work. Our friendly instructional team is there every step of the way with awesome, award-winning support! Just use our handy chat button inside the learning platform or email the support team.

    Our private tutoring program will connect you with one of our excellent, US-based instructors from one of the top 50 universities in the country. Your instructor will guide your child through our award-winning curriculum using the Mastery Method- our unique, Socratic approach towards teaching coding.
  • Am I locked into a long term contract?
    No. All CodaKid Private courses are billed month to month and can be cancelled from your next billing date forward.
  • What is Roblox coding?

    Roblox coding refers to the process of making interactive, fully functional online games using the Roblox platform—particularly the Roblox Studio editor. With CodaKid’s Roblox Coding Courses, kids will learn how to use Roblox tools and real Lua programming to create professional games, design adventure maps, map out race courses, program infinite runner games, and more.

    Rest assured that using a gaming platform and third-party studio/scriptwriter will not compromise the validity or quality of the programming knowledge your child gains from our course. Our coding with Roblox courses will still use valid coding language, and will still cover important programming concepts such as:

    • Conditionals
    • Loops
    • Variables
    • Functions
    • Arrays
    • Switch statements

    —and more.

  • What is the Roblox Studio? Do I have to pay for that?

    No—Roblox Studio editor is 100% free!

    It’s an immersive creation engine from Roblox that allows users to create custom games specifically for play on the Roblox platform. In fact, many users agree that you can create virtually anything on this custom utility software—from role-playing stories to obstacle courses (also called “Obbys”). The studio’s capabilities, complexities, and intuitiveness can be adjusted according to the skill level of the programmer, making it an ideal tool for coders of all skill levels.

    CodaKid’s Roblox Coding courses range from an introductory course (making your own obstacle courses) to more advanced lessons (developing a Fortnite-style Battle Royale game). Whatever the intensity, Roblox Studio editor can (and will) meet the demand.

    FOR PARENTS: You can download Roblox and Roblox Studio editor for free from their official website.

  • Is Roblox a game or a programming language?

    Roblox is an online game platform that simultaneously hosts games and game creation. Users can either access the gallery of games created by other Roblox users or create their own unique games using Roblox Studio. CodaKid’s Roblox coding for kids courses include a short set of Roblox Studio tutorials that will help your child master the basic controls of Roblox Studio—the first step to creating their very own game!

    Simply put, Roblox is a game (or a library of games)—not a programming language.

    But it does use one!

    Users can make their Roblox game creations come to life using the Lua scripting language—a popular programming language that’s very similar to Java. In fact, a lot of programmers often blend both languages to form a unique scripting language. Lua is particularly popular because it’s one of the easiest scripting languages to learn and work with.

  • Will my child be playing Roblox or learning a skill?

    By learning to code with Roblox, CodaKid students also learn essential 21st century skills. Using an online gaming platform to teach coding for kids is an approach known as the “carrot-stick” method—a method that many educators actually approve of.

    The carrot-stick method basically leverages the promise of a reward (or the reward itself) to motivate learners. Learners put forth the effort to achieve their goals because they want the gratification that comes with accomplishment—and the prize. It’s a gentler, more encouraging teaching method that’s more effective and sustainable than its counterpart, which basically uses the threat of failure to motivate the student.

    So although Roblox Studio editor can be a bit challenging to master at first, students will ideally be inspired to keep going and overcome the hiccups they encounter when they create their first advanced obstacle course or full-fledged tycoon game. And since they’ll be working with Lua—which is a simpler, more laid-back programming language—they won’t be too challenged or too frustrated with the actual coding.

    Learning the fundamentals of programming will also introduce them to some true-to-life skills they can take with them in the real world, such as patience, perseverance, problem solving, situational analysis, and a bootstrapped version of the scientific method (formulating a hypothesis and then testing it, basically).

    Through Roblox coding for kids, there’s much less technical jargon and much more fun learning.

  • What are the Roblox Coding course schedules?

    CodaKid’s online Roblox Coding for kids courses don’t have set schedules. They are all self-paced and fully accessible, 24/7. This means that your child can take them and work on them whenever it suits their schedule—whether that’s only on the weekends, only three times a week, after school 
 you get the idea.

    Regardless of their (and perhaps your) availability, your kids should have no problems whatsoever accessing the content whenever and wherever they feel like it (as long as they have an internet connection and a computer!)

    CodaKid also has an unlimited Help Desk Support feature that puts you directly in touch with an online team of friendly, certified teachers. If your child or student ever gets stuck, rest assured answers are immediately available.

  • What is Roblox?

    Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system that was first launched in 2007. Current users total 178 million and counting, with 64 million active users every month. Advertised as an “Imagination Platform,” Roblox is quite a unique system: it allows users to play multiple games hosted on the platform or create their own.

    In fact, all of the games on Roblox are created by Roblox players. Truly a website “for gamers, by gamers,” Roblox is actually home to some of the most popular games worldwide: Jailbreak, Theme Park Tycoon 2, Royale High, Dungeon Quest, and Murder Mystery 2, just to name a few.

    As of 2020, there are roughly 40 million Roblox games available. All of these games are free to play. Likewise, Roblox and Roblox Studio editor can also be downloaded at no cost.

    It’s also worth noting that Roblox game creators, despite the platform being free to play, can earn money from their creations. In fact, according to Roblox’s website, the top developers can earn over $2M a year thanks to in-game purchases.

    As a free platform that encourages community creativity and provides the tools to make it possible, it’s no wonder that Roblox has grown as big as it has. There are several reasons why we endorse it as an ideal tool to teach kids coding, but the creativity and accessibility are perhaps two of the biggest factors.

    The Roblox app can be downloaded for PC, tablets, Android, and iOS devices. It’s also available for Xbox One and Amazon.

  • Is Roblox safe for kids?

    This is a question we get from a lot of parents. The short of it is, yes; in a controlled environment, Roblox is 100% safe for your kids as long as you take the necessary precautions.

    Although there are some games on Roblox that may be too graphic for younger audiences, Roblox does allow you to filter your search results and pick games that are more suitable for children. In fact, some games will ask for your age up front before allowing you to play it—a good sign that the game may not be child-friendly. So as long as your child stays on the rated G side of Roblox (as they will on all CodaKid Roblox Coding courses), there should be no issues.

    Another big concern regarding Roblox is that it can be played online. In fact, people who are playing cooperatively or prefer to optimize the community aspect of Roblox will prefer to keep their communication lines open.

    FOR PARENTS: Thankfully, Roblox provides safety settings to help parents control their kid’s online experience and keep them safe. You can check them out in full here.

    Rest assured that all CodaKid coding Roblox games courses take place in controlled, sanctioned environments, where all student’s communication settings are set to “no one.” We discourage online bullying and do our best to protect our students from it. We also encourage safe play and best practices, such as using whitelisted servers or family-friendly servers.

  • How do CodaKid Roblox Coding Courses work?

    CodaKid’s Roblox coding course teaches kids the basics of coding by guiding them, step-by-step, through the process of creating their own games on the Roblox Studio editor. Students will learn the basics of coding and the fundamentals of the Lua programming language by learning how to create obstacle courses, design infinite runner games, build entire playable worlds, and other cool lessons.

    First, we walk our students through the download and installation process (again; Roblox is free to download and free to use). We highly recommend the parents be present for this stage. Then we walk them through setting up and accessing the Roblox Studio editor.

    Once the student has everything installed, they’re ready to begin coding Roblox games. Our progressive coding curriculum allows them to go through the entire course at their own pace. Activities include:

    • Watching exciting video tutorials
    • Engaging in interactive practice activities
    • Watching animated concept videos
    • Taking end-of-chapter quizzes for skill/knowledge assessment
    • Chatting with the teacher team via chat widget

    FOR PARENTS: all chat conversations that your child has with the Desk Support Team/Teacher Team will be automatically CC’d to your email.

    CodaKid includes a free 14 day trial to see if it is a fit for you!

  • What is Minecraft coding?
    Minecraft coding (also referred to as“Computer Programming with Minecraft” or “Minecraft Modding”), is a creative process performed by programmers to make changes to the Minecraft game.
    At CodaKid, we teach students how to access Minecraft`s source code and edit it to create their own custom blocks, tools, biomes, weapons, worlds, enemies, and more. In fact, with enough knowledge, practice, and patience, they can modify the whole Minecraft game!
    Coding with Minecraft introduces kids to the Java Programming language in a way that is fun, entertaining, and instantly gratifying. What’s great about it is that it doesn`t compromise the validity or integrity of the lesson, either. Minecraft coding for kids still covers important programming concepts such as:
    • Conditionals
    • Loops
    • Variables
    • Methods
    • Arrays
    • Switch statements
    —and more. All while allowing your child to envision and create their own modifications to the Minecraft game.
  • What coding language does Minecraft use?
    Minecraft was written using the Java programming language. With CodaKid`s Minecraft Coding courses, students will learn how to code using Java, which is arguably one of the most popular programming languages in the industry. They’ll also learn how to use a professional text editor called the Eclipse IDE, a tool widely used by professional engineers at companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. Java is also a “platform-independent” language, which means it can be run on almost any modern computer or processing software. This is one of the main reasons why we widely endorse using Java in coding for kids classes. Once your child masters Java, mastering other languages or programming on other platforms will be a breeze for them.
  • What is the Minecraft Coding course schedule?
    CodaKid`s online Minecraft Coding for kids courses are self-paced and fully accessible, 24/7. That means that they can be taken (and re-taken) whenever it suits your schedule. So whether your child wants to tackle coding immediately after school or they`re only free for coding on the weekends, there’ll be no problems whatsoever accessing the content.
    CodaKid also has an unlimited Help Desk Support feature that puts you directly in touch with an online team of friendly, certified teachers. If your child or student ever gets stuck, rest assured answers are immediately available.
  • How do CodaKid Minecraft Coding Courses work?
    CodaKid`s Minecraft Coding course teaches kids the basics of coding by teaching them, step-by-step, how to modify the popular sandbox video game, Minecraft. By learning how to edit existing code and effectively coding Minecraft mods (and other cool stuff), students of the course will learn actual Java programming.
    By using the Eclipse text editor, they’ll gain important skills in writing code and debugging—especially since they get to see the code in action, real-time.
    First, students download an installer from the CodaKid website. This installer contains everything they need to take the CodaKid Minecraft Coding Course. Simply follow instructions to unpack the contents (and don’t forget to reach out to our friendly Help Desk Support Team if you get stuck).
    Once the student has everything installed, they’re ready to begin coding in Minecraft. Our progressive coding curriculum allows them to go through the entire course at their own pace. Activities include:CodaKid includes a free 14 day trial to see if it is a fit for you.
    • Watching exciting video tutorials
    • Engaging in interactive practice activities
    • Watching animated concept videos
    • Taking end-of-chapter quizzes for skill/knowledge assessment
    • Chatting with the teacher team via chat widget
    FOR PARENTS: all chat conversations that your child has with the Desk Support Team/Teacher Team will be automatically CC’d to your email.
    CodaKid includes a free 14 day trial to see if it is a fit for you.
  • Will my child be playing Minecraft or learning a skill?
    CodaKid students are learning essential 21st century skills in our Minecraft coding courses. Using Minecraft to teach coding for kids is an approach known as the “carrot-stick” method that many educators actually approve of. This method basically uses the reward (or the thought of the reward) to motivate learners to accomplish their goals.
    It`s much preferable—and much more rewarding—than the alternative method, which uses the threat of failure as motivation.
    When students find out how fun and satisfying it is to make Minecraft mods, they’ll then be willing to put in the hard work to learn Java. They`ll learn the fundamentals of programming, essential coding concepts, and coding best practices by coding Minecraft mods. So instead of seeing programming as a linear, standard course with a lot of technical jargon and little to no instant entertainment, they’ll see coding as a means to achieve so much more.
    So, that`s a yes to both questions. By playing Minecraft, they’ll learn important computer science skills such as coding and debugging. In fact, learning how to code also inspires a myriad of other valuable life skills: problem solving, solution testing, attention to detail, and so on.
  • What is Minecraft?
    Minecraft is a sandbox video game that was released back in 2011 by Mojang Studios. In less than a decade, Minecraft has taken on the title of best-selling video game of all time. It boasts over 126 million active users every month, and has successfully sold over 200 million copies across all platforms.
    Minecraft is a sort of open-world environment that encourages players to explore and be resourceful should they wish to survive (or even progress) through the game. By discovering raw materials, crafting tools, and honing building skills, players can build whole structures and—eventually—whole cities.
    Minecraft is loved by a lot of people because it encourages creativity and gives complete autonomous freedom to the players. There is no linear storyline or fixed timeline that the player must adhere to. They’re free to experience Minecraft at their own pace and on their own terms (much like our Minecraft Coding classes!)
    In Minecraft, players can cooperate with other players to build thriving cities. They can also compete against them to steal their resources. Players can also choose to race against time and tide in Survival Mode or stay safe and practice building in Creative Mode. And because it’s such a huge world with tons of potential, Minecraft has plenty of replay value.
  • Is Minecraft safe for kids?
    This is a question we get from a lot of parents. The short of it is, yes; in a controlled environment, Minecraft is 100% safe for your kids. In fact, the game is rated suitable for ages 7 and up.
    As we detailed in the previous question, Minecraft gameplay is centered more on exploring, hunting, and building. What’s more, the graphics are blocky and simplified. There are no graphic depictions, no inappropriate language, no questionable concepts. At its core, Minecraft is actually quite wholesome.
    The biggest concern, of course, is that Minecraft can be played online—especially since there are cooperative modes. This is an avenue that parents cannot control, as we cannot control who sits on the other end of the computer screen.
    However, rest assured that all CodeKid Minecraft Coding courses take place in controlled, sanctioned environments. We discourage online bullying and do our best to protect our students from it. We stay mostly in single-player game mode, which means there’s no need for cooperative play (and thus no need to play or chat with others online). We also encourage safe play and best practices, such as using whitelisted servers or family-friendly servers.
  • Are your Minecraft Coding courses basically typing classes in which the teacher just tells the students what to write?
    Far from it. Our Minecraft Coding courses are highly intuitive, and our staff highly interactive. At CodaKid, we encourage creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Through coding with Minecraft, kids will have to make creative decisions that have a definite, visible effect on gameplay.
    In addition to learning how to use pixel art tools to create custom items, students will also develop situational analysis and on-the-spot problem solving as they create, change, and rewrite code. They’ll have to make a myriad of decisions and successfully implement said decisions through code. For instance:
    • How Minecraft mods behave
    • How fast enemies move
    • Which mobs are friends
    • Which mobs are foes
    • What items should drop from a Lucky Block mod
    • What crops will grow in certain areas
    • What dimension the gameplay will happen on
    —and much, much more.
  • Do I need to purchase Minecraft for my child to take these Minecraft Coding courses?
    No. Everything that you and your child will need to take our Minecraft Coding for kids courses is included in our installer, which will be given to you upon admission. You won’t have to purchase a retail version of Minecraft to test and play your Minecraft mods in Single Player mode. The installer also includes the Eclipse IDE tool that your child will be using for text editing, so you won’t need to purchase that, either.
    But if your child would like to send their mods to their friends and play them out on a server, you will need to purchase a retail version of the Minecraft game for Mac or PC.
  • What are the technical requirements of these coding for kids Minecraft courses?
    CodaKid`s Minecraft Coding courses are designed for PC and Mac computers. Keep in mind, however, that there are two (2) main parts to them: the video tutorials and the hands-on practical.
    Our video tutorials can be viewed on any device capable of streaming or supporting video playback.
    The coding can only be performed on PC or Mac computers.
    We`re happy to report that Minecraft mod coding and Minecraft coding in general doesn’t need as much processing power or memory space as it did a handful of years ago. However, for best results, we do recommend a minimum of 4GB of RAM for all programs to run and stop smoothly. Another general note: your computer must be capable of running Minecraft.
    Our CodaKid installer supports Windows 7 or newer and Mac OS 10.9 or newer.
  • What is Scratch coding?
    Scratch coding (also referred to as Scratch Programming or Scratch Game Development), is a creative process in which students use MIT`s Scratch 3.0 visual block coding platform to make games, stories, animations, and more. Scratch coding teaches students important computer science concepts such as conditionals, loops, variables, functions, and more, while teaching kids to build exciting projects. The visual block coding employed by Scratch approach allows kids to snap together visual coding blocks similar to virtual Legos and avoid the frustration of typing written code.
  • What coding language does Scratch use?
    Scratch uses the Blockly visual block coding language which allows kids to easily drag coding functions onto a workspace and snap together coding blocks like virtual Legos. Perfect for beginners, Scratch coding features an icon based horizontal UI that is color coded and easy to use. It is designed so that students can avoid frustration with the keyboard and create interesting projects without having to type out text-based code.
  • How do CodaKid’s Scratch Programming Tutorials work?
    CodaKid`s self-paced online Scratch programming courses can be taken anytime on your schedule. We include unlimited Help Desk support from a friendly team of online teachers if your student ever gets stuck or has a question.
    In order to take CodaKid`s Scratch tutorials, students will need to set up a free Scratch account at https://scratch.mit.edu/. Then the student will progress at his or her own pace through our curriculum by watching exciting Scratch video tutorials, engaging in practice activities, watching animated breakout videos on important coding concepts, taking end of chapter quizzes, and asking questions to our online teacher team through our chat widget. All chat conversations are automatically emailed to the parent`s or teacher`s email address.
    Best of all, CodaKid includes a free 14 day trial to see if it is a fit for your student.
  • What makes CodaKid’s approach different than the approaches used by other Scratch books and worksheets?
    This generation of students is the YouTube generation. They love video, follow YouTubers, and frequently turn to video tutorials to help them learn new skills. While books and worksheets can be somewhat effective ways to teach Scratch, engaging video tutorials are preferred by today`s students. From an educational perspective, video tutorials have the added benefit of breakout segments that teach important coding concepts through easy to follow animations and clear presentations that are often absent from books and worksheets. At CodaKid we have taught thousands of students using both books and video. In our experience, video is simply a superior platform.
  • Will my child be playing games or learning a skill?
    CodaKid students learn essential 21st century coding skills while taking our Scratch programming courses. During our Scratch tutorials, students will learn how to code using visual blocks which teach essential coding concepts found in professional programming languages. Common coding concepts learned in CodaKid`s Scratch tutorials are booleans, conditionals, loops, functions, variables, and more. Students also learn the valuable skill of debugging which develops their problem solving skills. Students are rewarded at the end of each project with a completed game, animated story, or puzzle that they can play and share with friends.
  • Do I need to purchase any software to take these Scratch coding courses?
    No. Scratch 3.0 is free and can be run on nearly any device that runs a web browser.
  • What are the technical requirements of CodaKid`s Scratch programming courses?
    CodaKid`s Scratch programming courses are designed for PC, Mac, and Chromebooks. For optimal user experience, we recommend using a computer with a large enough screen size that you can open two windows simultaneously – a Scratch 3.0 window and a CodaKid video window.
    Alternatively, you can watch the video tutorials on a tablet and code on a laptop or desktop. Or even better, you can use a computer with two monitors (this is what many coding academies that use CodaKid do).
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