First Code Tinker (Age 6-8)

The First Code Tinker program instills the concept that technology is a creator’s tool to the young curious minds. By using fun and educational technology kits, including Scratch, LittleBits, Makey Makey, and Dash etc, First Code Tinker moves students beyond mobile and computer gaming, and gets them hands-on experience in programming and hardwares.

Modular Classes

Designed for young curious minds, this modular course is project-based and hands-on, giving them a first try on programming.

Cutting Edge Technologies

The teaching tools we use are cutting edge, including latest funded Kickstarter projects, and often shipped directly from Silicon Valley and New York.

Visual, Tangible Coding and STEM

Each class we offer a tangible product for students to take home. We believe coding is a means to create with technology; that’s why having an end product is of utmost importance.

Structure

  • First Code Tinker Program runs from Jan-Mar, Mar-May, and Sep-Nov
  • 9 weekly classes per term, each class is 1.5 hours long
  • Class size ranges from 4 to 8 students
  • Exclusive invite to special one-off workshops
  • Semester, individual feedback from instructor
  • End of term one-on-one parent teacher conference
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Program Dates

Format

9 classes per term

1 class per week

90 minutes per class

*Requires at least 4 students to form a class



Language(s)

English


What to Bring

A creative mindset and sometimes iPad :)

"I think the class is great and just about the right amount of time (once a week). Both instructors were patient and explained things clearly. Working with younger kids is hard, so I appreciate their efforts in making things fun and giving them the freedom to 'mess around' a bit."

Samson, Parent of Anik, One World International School

Core Program Roadmap

AT060

Junior Coding Fun with Hopscotch

Course Info

This course is designed for young children not yet familiar with the computer to have some programming fun with Hopscotch, an iPad app that allows kids to create animations, stories, and games with easy-to-use blocks, color-coded functions and quirky characters that are particularly appealing to 5+ years old kids. Students practice giving commands to the characters, exploring programming and mathematical concepts and enjoying creating interactive artwork in the process.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Stamford
1:00 PM
to
2:30 PM

AT101

Start from Scratch: Animations & Games

Course Info

[Suitable for age 7-8] Students learn how to use Scratch, a block-based programming tool developed by the MIT Media Lab, to design and build fun projects of animated stories and multimedia games. AT101 is equivalent to Holiday Camp's module Start from Scratch: Animation & Games.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Stamford
5:15 PM
to
6:45 PM
Stamford
9:30 AM
to
11:00 AM
Dempsey Hill
9:30 AM
to
11:00 AM
Stamford
2:45 PM
to
4:15 PM

AT101 is equivalent to camp module - Start from Scratch: Animation & Games

AT102

Scratch II

Course Info

Scratch 102 is a deep dive in Scratch for aspiring young programmers following the Scratch 101 course. After learning the fundamentals of Scratch and creative programming, students in the Scratch 102 course solidify their understanding of key computer science concepts including sequences, loops, conditionals, abstraction and object-oriented programming by creating more advanced and even more fun multimedia games and projects.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Stamford
11:15 AM
to
12:45 PM

AT102 is equivalent to camp module - Intermediate Scratch

AT201

Programming Robots with mBot

Course Info

This course solidifies and challenges students to utilize what they learned about Scratch programming in the AT100 series onto commanding actual physical objects! Students will build robots, and are exposed to how a computer code can affect real world objects.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Stamford
5:15 PM
to
6:45 PM
Stamford
9:30 AM
to
11:00 AM

AT202

ScratchX and Introduction to Hardware Programming

Course Info

In this course, students are introduced to various Scratch extensions that build off from their previous Scratch and hardware knowledge. Students will explore ScratchX features which empowers students to control the real world with code. Student must have taken AT201 to join this class.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Stamford
11:15 AM
to
12:45 PM

AT030

Robotics: Building Blocks of a Creator

Course Info

No Prerequisite Needed

[Suitable for age 5-8] Designed for students without prior coding knowledge to learn to control the robots, create animations and games with the use of an iPad. They learn how to add different blocks of coding with basic concepts in mathematics and programming to complete challenges every lesson. AT030 is equivalent to Holiday Camp's module - Playful Discovery of Robotics.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Stamford
9:30 AM
to
11:00 AM

AT120

3D Minecraft Modding: Design Your Own Mods

Course Info

No Prerequisite Needed

[Suitable for age 7-8] This class covers the programming and technical concepts behind video game modding with Minecraft. Suitable for students without prior coding knowledge. AT120 is equivalent to Minecraft Modding in Holiday Camps.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Dempsey Hill
11:15 AM
to
12:45 PM

AT121

3D Minecraft Modding: Program Your Own Mods

Course Info

Prerequisite: Minecraft Experience

[Suitable for age 7-8] Students will be able to programme, manipulate and design the functions of different objects in Minecraft, by tapping into the code and creating anything they can imagine. Using the online platform, LearnToMod to modify video games and strengthen their block-based programming knowledge.

TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Stamford
4:30 PM
to
6:00 PM