Introduction to Coding – LL Spring (1st-3rd grade)

What? Kids on a playground? Yes. We teach kids principles of game design and coding using industry-leading software, such as Blockly and also in creative real-world projects like human coder-robot. This Intro to Coding class is designed to allow kids to think like a software engineer and play like a kid.

Whether your child dreams of being a coder – or just loves to play games on their computer – this class offers a fun and challenging way for students to learn the principles of software engineering. Students learn principles like procedures, loops, variables, and functions, all while “playing” with visual-based coding tools like Tynker and Lightbot. Each week students are challenged to build upon the principles they are learning – and to work in a collaborative environment with partners for many activities.

This class is much more than sitting behind a keyboard. Students love real-world activities that reinforce principles taught in the class. For instance, in one team project, students learn to “think” like a computer by executing instructions written by their classmates in the real world. Then students move to the virtual world and program characters on their computers to perform simple and complex tasks.

Day/Time: Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Class dates: February 4 – May 13
No class: February 18, March 11, April 2
Number of classes: 12
Location: Room 3
Class Size: Maximum 20 students
Class Fee: $289
To report absences or late pick up, contact info@sparkiverselabs.com, or call 650-231-2048
Las Lomitas League Contact: Kathleen Prince, Co-VP of classes.
E-mail: kathleenpsf@gmail.com.

Instructor Biography:
At Sparkiverse, we’ve reinvented how young students learn tech by wrapping it with creativity and fun.

Our instructors all have previous experience working with kids in various settings. We have strict requirements for our instructors — the first and foremost being a love of working with kids. How you teach matters, and instructors who genuinely love working with kids are able to connect and communicate on the same level as the students. Through this connection and their experience with classroom management, our instructors make our after school classes as fun as possible while helping our young students explore technology.

Our instructors emphasize the fundamentals of the subjects we teach. Technology is always evolving and changing as innovations are introduced. Sparkiverse hires instructors that recognize that the true value in our curriculum lies in the teaching of the fundamentals of a subject in an exciting and engaging setting. It’s more important that our students understand the foundational principles of the technologies we are exploring so that even if a computer language becomes obsolete, or a robotics motor surpassed, our students are able to apply those core elements of knowledge to the emerging new tech.

Our instructors are trained to be accessible and inviting to all kinds of students — from the experienced, tech savvy child, to the beginning explorer. We train our instructors to create a safe space of inclusion, teamwork, trial and error, and celebration. A key element of Sparkiverse’s DNA is to encourage girls to participate, thrive, and lead in our technology classrooms.

Our instructors are coaches, guides, educators, cheerleaders, and audiences for our students as they explore and nurture their love of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.