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Coding and Robotics Club @ YMCA 2023-2024

Coding Club
by Coding Lab

@YMCA International School

Age 7-11

What do kids do in the Coding & Robotics Club?

In the Afterschool Coding and Robotics Club at YMCA International School, kids learn to program:

  • Computers
  • Games
  • Robots
  • Micro controllers (micro:bits)
  • Minecraft Education
  • AI
  • Art Projects
  • Creative Interactive Stories
  • and more!

 

Students learn a variety of programming languages, such as Scratch & Microsoft MakeCode.  Students learn the fundamental concepts and logic of computer science, computational thinking, and problem-solving skills in a fun and active learning environment.  

Who is Coding Lab Japan?

Classes are conducted by Coding Lab Japan.  Coding Lab Japan is run by ex-Microsoft Software Engineers with over 30 years combined tenure.  We focus on teaching the fundamentals of Computer Science, in a fun and exciting way, so kids stay engaged with coding and STEM.  Our backgrounds are in Computer Science, Mathematics, Education, and the Creative Arts. 

Who Can Join?

Students of all coding levels, Beginner to Advanced, can join. Each term students do all do all new projects and activities, so students can join multiple terms. 

Class Objectives

  • Build a foundation of computer science fundamentals. 
  • Get kids excited about coding, technology, and STEM.
  • Build computational thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Learn what algorithms are and use them. 
  • Hands on experience programming hardware devices.
  • Build confidence with computers and technology.
  • Have fun!
Whether your child wants to learn the fundamentals of coding or become a programmer, the benefits of logical reasoning, factual analysis, and critical thinking will provide a strong foundation to lean on at school and in the workplace, for life.
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Class Information 

  • Day/Time: Monday 15:15 – 16:15
  • Winter Term
    Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 19, Mar 4, 11
  • Spring Term
    Apr 8, 15, 22, May 20, Jun 3, 10, 17

 

What is a micro:bit?

A micro:bit is a microcontroller that kids can program.  The micro:bit has buttons, leds, and sensors, and new sensors at devices can be attached to the micro:bit.  Kids can make games directly on the micro:bit, program the micor:bit to work as a game controller for Scratch, and much more.