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Hour of Code & Beyond with Education Partner Tynker

Feb 01, 2015

Kidzworld & Tynker join forces: We’re going beyond an Hour of Code in order to help create confident and creative opportunities for kids & teens!

Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, that takes place the first week in December every year.  But anyone, anywhere can do an hour of code anytime!  We're partnering up with Tynker to encourage everyone to go Beyond an Hour of Code, and start CREATING WITH CODE all year long.

Beyond an Hour of CodeBeyond an Hour of CodeCourtesy of Tynker

Tynker offers courses and curriculum support for teachers who want to do more with programming in their classroom, and we at Kidzworld want to empower kids to take the opportunity to create with code. 

What are the benefits of creating with code?  

Do we want all of our kids to become programmers?  Not necessarily.  As parents & education partners, we want our kids and teens to learn skills that might be important to their future success.  But most of all, we want our children to be confident, independent and resourceful problem-solvers.  Coding with our educational partner Tynker gives kids all of these things.

Our educational partner Tynker reports that many enthusiastic parents have shared their stories with us.  In the words of Andrea Jasper, whose daughter Eliza attended a Tynker summer camp, “She’s inspired, enthusiastic (she had no interest before), and now wants to make games.  She has learned persistence at getting things done and the confidence to work through complex challenges.”  Not only does building games give kids a fun creative activity, it also gives them the opportunity to solve problems on their own.

Experience the satisfaction of solving problemsExperience the satisfaction of solving problemsCourtesy of Tynker

Many kids never realized that learning to program and creating games was something that was possible for them to do.  Says Astrid, a 7th grader, “Before I started using Tynker, I thought programming was hard.  My dad tried to teach me but I didn’t really get it.  All the syntax looked confusing.  Tynker made it easier for me.  Now I feel free to make games to have fun.”

Confidence in Middle School Aged Learners

Confidence is also a big plus and something we hope that this partnership lends to the kids that embrace programming.  Sue Jones describes the benefits of Tynker for her 7nd grade daughter Millie. “Tynker is great for confidence building. I like that she is in control, and she feels in control – it gives her a lot of confidence to feel that she is learning such cool stuff, all by herself.  With Tynker, she feels no less than anyone, and feels empowered – that is a great benefit for us.” Tynker’s guided self-paced approach even enables a multi level approach, for all skill levels to create with code.

Coding turns kids into inspired “creators”. When kids & teens realize they can create something from nothing, it is the ultimate “a-ha”.  Alec, a 7th grader says, “What makes Tynker really fun is that I can create something out of nothing.  All of these code blocks don’t mean anything unless I put them together, and when I put them together I can make a cool game to play.  It was cool to build my own game because I could use my own imagination and build whatever I wanted.”  So exciting to hear such inspired words from a future innovator!

The Ultimate Empowerment 

Anna Popovici reflects on the benefit of encouraging her children to create with code.  “When kids make things they enjoy, they realize they don’t have to buy things to have fun.  They can make something themselves without having to buy it.  Coding is just another way they can make something themselves.”  That’s the ultimate empowerment – giving kids the confidence that they can do something themselves, not just consume what others have made.

Try our New Game, DebuggerTry our New Game, DebuggerCourtesy of Tynker

Tynker has inspired over 20 million kids to start programming and become “creators”, giving them the confidence that they can do what they might have previously considered “too hard”, work through tough challenges to solve problems, and make things that others can enjoy. Kidzworld is pleased to offer support in bringing coding to the millions of our members, to your classroom, into living rooms around the globe.

Want to get your child coding with Tynker? Click here try out our new game Debugger!



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