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Nowadays, STEAM education has become an emerging trend worldwide. But, for many parents, introducing their kids to coding can be a challenge, since coding seems to be a very abstract subject for kids. To solve this problem, many software apps and services have been created in the past few years to make STEAM education easy to understand and practice. Here are 10 free resources that parents can use to guide their kids into the coding world. If you also have no idea to choose the right coding language for kids to start with, you can check this blog which lists the most popular and suitable coding language for kids to start with.

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1. Scratch 

Scratch is a programming package designed by MIT’s Media Lab. Currently, the most widely used visual programming language for kids, Scratch is used in more than 150 different countries and is available in more than 40 languages. The software makes coding as simple as using building blocks. Scratch is featured in a lot of educational robots, such as Makeblock’s Codey Rocky. Scratch allows your kids to practice coding while controlling their robots’ movements by dragging and dropping pre-loaded commands. To help kids improve their coding skills, Scratch encourages educators from around the world to share projects, tutorials, and other resources on their website. The Media Lab’s Scratch Team also feeds instructional content to its platform.

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2. Code.org

Code.org is a website where advocates for wider access to computer science education, especially for women and underrepresented minorities, provide tools for kids of all ages to learn the basics of coding and computer science. The website offers diverse courses for students in grades K-12 and professional learning for instructors. Kids can also find tutorials for over 24 million projects from a variety of sources, such as Minecraft and Play Lab.

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3. Made with Code by Google

Made with Code aims to empower kids, especially girls, by teaching them computer programming skills. The website has adopted visual-based coding, and each project is relatively short and relevant to kids’ interests. What’s more, Made with Code’s mentoring videos feature outstanding women from various industries, hoping to empower young women with their inspiring stories.

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4. Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers free instructional videos, practice exercises, and a personalized learning dashboard that allows kids to study at their own pace, at all levels, and in all circumstances. It offers a wide range of subjects, including math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. With their expert-created content, which is translated into more than 36 languages, Khan Academy teaches kids the basics of various computer science subjects, such as JavaScript and HTML/CSS. The best thing about Khan Academy is their partnership with institutions like NASA, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT. These institutions provide specialized content, bringing increased value to the kids.

 

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5. Stencyl

Stencyl helps kids learn to code without burdening them with too much technical jargon. It is a video-game development tool that allows kids to create 2D video games for computers, mobile devices, and websites. Like Scratch, Stencyl is a building-block-style programming tool that allows kids to create a simple game by dragging and dropping blocks of code, giving the child a good understanding of how coding works.

 

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6. Code Monster from Crunchzilla

Code Monster from Crunchzilla is an interactive coding website designed for kids. The website has a very simple interactive character: a goofy monster and his speech bubble at the top of the screen. kids follows the monster’s instructions to practice coding while the monster “talks” back with explanations, commands, and questions in the speech bubble. The monster-led tutorial starts simple, then gets increasingly complex. Kids get a basic understanding of coding and JavaScript and can repeat and exit lessons at will.

 

 

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7. CodeCombat

To get kids interested in coding, CodeCombat turns complex facts and concepts into a fun game. CodeCombat is a free web-based role-playing game (RPG) in which players explore and use programming languages to win a battle. To activate on-screen roles, making them move around, engage in battle, and fight enemies, kids must use code. The website also offers self-paced courses, using a game to demonstrate to kids how to use both basic and advanced code.

 

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8. Codecademy

Codecademy is an online teaching platform that offers free coding classes for different programming languages. such as Python, Java, JavaScript, etc. It has a huge interactive community of 45 million learners all around the world.  Codecademy might be more suitable for the advanced student who is equipped with both good reading skills and basic computer skills. However, kids can always follow the in-depth, structured learning paths and gradually gain an understanding of the foundations of coding and computer science.

 

 

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9. Alice

Alice is a free software program that allows a child to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D. Projects are created in a block-based programming environment. By simply dragging and dropping graphic tiles, kids can learn fundamental programming concepts while developing their imaginations. There are lots of tutorials and video examples for Alice on YouTube.  Alice’s official website also provides lessons, exercises, and tutorials that are created by the development team and the worldwide user community.  Alice plans to be a widely accessible tool to encourage diverse use of and access to early computer science education.

 

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10. mBlock 5

Many Apps are free to download and use for mobile devices, such as mBlock 5 and mBlock Blockly. With these Apps, kids can learn and code with the assistance of AI technology. These Apps are also compatible with open-source hardware. It allows them to turn their codes into real effects of light and sound and makes coding visible in the physical world.

Other Resources for Kids Learning to Code

There are lots of YouTube videos out there teaching kids how to code in a fun way, this blog lists 20 YouTube channels teaching kids coding.

You also could check the “Ultimate Guide for Parents – Coding for Kids” to understand how to help your kids to start with learning to code.