February 2017 Highlights

Computer Programming for Kids

Ever thought of a computer programming class for your kids? Technology growth and learning is so vital in today’s world. Thanks to programs such as iCodeKids, children now have the options for further development in that field.

iCodeKids is an educational service headquartered in Glendale, Arizona with operations throughout the southwest of the United States. iCodeKids specializes in teaching computer coding, website design and application design to people of all ages. The organization is passionately committed to ensuring our students have a healthy understanding of “how” technology works and a healthy understanding of “how” to use technology.  Given the pace of technology innovation and our societies increasing reliance on technology, iCodeKids believes it is vital for the youth of today to have a basic understanding of technology regardless of whether or not they choose to pursue a career in this field.  We’ve all heard horror stories of predators using web-based applications therefore, included in the curriculum, lessons on how to safely use the Internet, web-based application and web based games.   Also, based on the prevalence of social media, iCodeKids developed a social media curriculum to educate students on how to responsibly leverage social media.

iCodeKids exists to help fill a gap in the educational system and a gap in the skillset of the nations workforce.  According to code.org (a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to computer science) 90% of parents want their child to study computer science however only 40% of the schools in the United States are teaching computer programming. Computer programming is the bedrock of innovation – all the technology we use today (applications, websites, video games, robotics) have one major thing in common – they all require “coding” to function and provide value to the end user.   As great as our education system is, it is not nimble and/or innovative. Therefore, iCodeKids exists to fill this gap and ensure our youth have this foundational coding knowledge, which many believe is essential.

iCodeKids provides after-school classes and evening coding clubs.  Additionally, students can take advantage of their winter, spring and summer camps. To find a class nearest you, please visit iCodeKids.net.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. I’d like to get my child involved in an iCodeKids class – where can I go for more information? The iCodeKids class schedule (and locations) can be found at iCodeKids.net – just click on the “Registration”link.
  1. I don’t see a class location near me? iCodeKids is diligently working toward getting this in every school throughout the valley.  Please send us an email at info@icodekids.net for details on upcoming locations.
  1. How can I get involved with the iCodeKids program? iCodeKids is rapidly expanding and always looking for volunteers that share our vision and values pertaining to providing value to our youth in a positive way.  If you’re interested in joining the iCodeKids team please visit us at iCodeKids.net/careers  or email us at careers@icodekids.net

Written by: Fran Maxwell


Adam Webster

Fran Maxwell is the co-founder of iCodeKids, a local resident and a father of four. For the past 15 years, he’s worked in management consulting helping many of the Fortune 1000 solve complex business issues. Often these business issues have to deal with a lack of skilled resources in a specific discipline – technology.

 

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