This summer, Coding with Kids camps were held at Warner Pacific University for the second year in a row. The program was held Monday through Friday and ran from mid-June to mid-August in Kardatzke Hall. The average size of each class is about five students, which allows more individual one on one help with students and their instructor. 

Coding with Kids started in 2014 when the founders, Marek Brejl and Jitka Brejlova decided to set up after-school coding clubs at their children’s schools. Their mission is to bring high quality coding education to as many kids as possible. “What makes us stand out is that all of our instructors have a computer science background, and we have a deeply articulated curriculum so that students ages 5 to 18 can learn coding concepts and skills at increasing levels of complexity as they learn and grow,” stated Jane Kopf Stover, Director of Operations & Partnerships.  

A typical day of camp begins with a warm up to get the kids acclimated to the coding environment. Then the instructor teaches a concept lesson that is usually more physically interactive. Following the lesson, the instructor presents the project for the day, gives demonstrations, and shows the students what they need to do. Then the students have time to add other things to the project, test it out, and have more fun with it.  

“The space here in Kardatzke is awesome. It’s great how big it is,” said Kendrick, Coding with Kids Instructor. “Being on Warner Pacific’s campus has been really beneficial for the kids because they understand that they are in a learning environment. I have noticed that students are more engaged when they are learning in a classroom and are more excited to learn.” 


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