Introduction to Text-Based Programming – online


Free demo class Introduction to Text-Based Programming – online

Introduction to text-based coding in Python, delivered by experience instructors.

After the course students:

Use algorithmic reasoning

Apply variables, conditionals and loops in code

Create their first functions

Gradually become familiar with creating text commands

Know the basics of Python

Create interactive stories, animations and minigames

Solve mathematical puzzles

Course description

During the course students take the first steps in text-based programming. They solve tasks that gradually familiarise them with typing commands on a keyboard. At first students use a computer-game-like environment to control the fairy-tale character. Later, when they are comfortable with the keyboard, students create interactive stories and projects in Python. They also solve mathematical puzzles. During the course students consolidate their knowledge about constructions in programming languages, such as variables and functions or conditionals.

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Details

Requirements
Basic command of Polish
Knowledge of block-based programming tools (e.g. Scratch, OzoBlockly)
Recommended for students who completed the Programming with Minecraft (Junior), Adventures with Coding or Computing Masters course

Course duration
8 sessions, 90 minutes each

Age group
Age 8–10

Group size
Maximum 12 students

Language of instruction
Polish

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About Us

Kids Coder Lab is private educational facility entered into the Register of Schools and Educational Facilities under number 271701

Ministerstwo Edukacji Narodowej Rejestr Szkół i Placówek Oświatowych
Magda i John

Kids Coder Lab was founded by John and Magdalena Mulenga.

Our mission is to help children acquire digital literacy and equip them with skills that the future demands.

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Technical Requirements

  • Access to the Internet
  • A desktop or laptop computer (tablets or mobile phones are not recommended)
  • A microphone and speaker (e.g. headphones with microphone)
  • Microsoft Teams installed (login details will be provided)

Frequent questions

Our offer of programming courses includes tens of items, so we recommend using filters to narrow down the choice. Firstly, select the location which is most conveniently reached with the child or from which we can pick the child. In the second step, select the language of instruction in which the child will learn (we offer courses in English and Polish). Next, notice the age group and choose the appropriate one for the child. After filtering the courses, there will be one or several courses left. Now you can read the course descriptions and select the course which best suits the child’s interests.

The first class of each coding or robotics course can be always a trial class. You can enrol the child in it with no commitments, just select the right option on the enrolment form. After the first class, we will ask you to confirm whether the child will participate in the course and if so, to pay the course fee.

Age groups specified for the programming courses for children and teens are our recommendation, not strict guidelines. However, they are worth taking into account. Our experience tells us that children below the recommended age group will do well during the course if they meet one or more of the following conditions:

- feel well handling the computer,

- have completed other programming-related courses or programming exercises at home,

- have experience in cooperation with older children, e.g. attend other courses with older children or spend a lot of time with older siblings at home.

The most important thing is to encourage the child to learn programming and not discourage from it. Only some children will find working with older students to be a motivation for learning. For most it would be a difficult and discouraging experience.

Considering enrolling a child in a course designed for older children, it is worth to think about the natural milestones in the child’s development – to which our courses are adjusted. The first important milestone is learning how to read. Children who don’t know yet how to read, learn at our school only in the youngest age group for grades 0–2. The second milestone is the transition from block-based to text-based coding. In our programming courses for children we gradually introduce elements of text-based coding, beginning from the second grade. However, only courses for the sixth and higher grades are solely based on text-based coding. We know from experience that only a handful of young programmers from the fifth grade are able to successfully complete these courses. The majority of the children needs to “grow into” the purely text-based coding which requires a lot of patience. We do not recommend skipping this phase too quickly, ahead of the child’s natural abilities.

If, having considered all these factors, you still have doubts about the right group, let the child try our classes. Already after the first class in both age groups it will be possible to draw conclusions and discuss the child’s abilities with the instructors. Then you can choose the group that is best suited to your child’s needs.

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Why coding for children?

A new language

A new language

Coding is like learning a new language. Children learn to program using on-screen games, visual programming languages and actual coding scripts before they can decipher the complex math behind coding at the college level.

Window to new opportunities

Window to new opportunities

Learning early a skill, such as coding, provides diverse opportunities and empowerment for the future enabling children to have a wider imagination of possibilities and creativity.

Creative self-expression

Creative self-expression

Children seamlessly move from simply interacting with technology to creating technology for creative self-expression in various ways.

Critical skills

Critical skills

Coding enhances children’s math and analytical skills, including logical communication and critical thinking, which results in better writing skills.

Resilience and patience

Resilience and patience

Children learn how to be resilient, practise patience and build up confidence as they tackle challenging problem-solving tasks through coding.

Planning and organisation

Planning and organisation

Coding teaches children how to focus, be precise and develop planning and organisational skills, which they acquire naturally as they write more complex codes.

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