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  • CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9

    iD Tech Mini Course | Ages 8-9

CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9

Programming Day Camp for Kids

Division
iD Tech Mini
Ages
8-9 (Must turn 8 by 12-31-17)
Skill Level
Beg - Adv
Ratio Guarantee
8 students per instructor
Prerequisite
None
Software
Tynker

Course Description

Whether your student wants to create an alien invasion or become a swashbuckling hero, the possibilities are endless as they code their own adventure with Tynker. The expansive media gallery and art studio give students creative control, while the visual programming blocks teach the basics of programming in a fun, welcoming way.

In this class, students learn through guided play. The lab setting is hands-on and collaborative, without the pressure to complete assignments. The experience is centered on fun and discovery. Tynker is user-friendly, allowing kids to easily harness the power of coding.

What Will Students Take Home?

Each camper will take home a Tynker account that makes their game accessible on web, iOS, and Android devices.

What Will Students Learn?

Top Skills Gained

Conceptual Skills Development

  • Basic coding concepts
  • Programming arrow keys
  • Sensing sprites and colors
  • 2D sprite animations
  • Using coordinates

Software & Hardware Skills Development

  • Tynker

STEM & 21st Century Skills Development

  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Adapting to new challenges

Skill Level | Is This Programming Course Appropriate for My Student?

This course is ideal for kids ages 8-9 who like puzzles and thinking games, with fun projects that can be easily tackled solo or collaboratively. Our curriculum introduces young students to STEM principles that set the foundation for futures in computer science, engineering, and math. Exposure to STEM at an early age, even at rudimentary levels, leads to accelerated comprehension, paving the way for mastery.

Our Recommendations

Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-8324 so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.

Where Is This Course Offered?

  • California - Northern
    • iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SAN JOSE: SJC (16 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      SAN FRANCISCO: SFO (22 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr 15 mins public transit)

      OAKLAND: OAK (30 miles, 45 mins by car)

      Palo Alto, CA
  • California - Southern
    • iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SANTA ANA (SNA): 9 miles, 16 mins by car, 54 mins by public transit

      Fountain Valley, CA
    • iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      BURBANK: BUR (17 miles, 30 mins by car, 2 hr public transit)

      Pasadena, CA
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SAN DIEGO: SAN (14 miles, 20 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      La Jolla, CA
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
    • iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      NEW YORK: LGA (8 miles, 17 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      NEW YORK: JFK (18 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr 30 min public transit)

      New York, NY
  • Washington
    • iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SEATTLE: SEA (21 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr 30 mins public transit)

      Bellevue, WA

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Hours & Tuition

Half-Day AM

Ages: 6-9
Check-In: 8-8:30am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 12-12:30pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm Fri
Tuition: From $449/week USD. All taxes included.

Half-Day PM

Ages: 6-9
Check-In: 1-1:30pm Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-5:30pm Mon-Thurs, 5pm Fri
Tuition: From $449/week USD. All taxes included.

Full-Day

Ages: 6-9
Check-In: 8-8:30am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-5:30pm Mon-Thurs, 5pm Fri
Tuition: Varies by location

Please note: In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year. Students attending a full-day session must bring a bag lunch.

Your Tuition Includes:

  • 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio (guaranteed)
  • Free flex time at check-in and pick-up
  • Diploma with instructor insights
  • Course activity files and software discounts
  • Custom iD Tech t-shirt, H2O bottle
  • Fun, outdoor activities
  • New skills and tech confidence

Optional Add-ons

Tech Rocket

Add $179 (annual subscription)

Tech Rocket is the #1 online learning destination for kids and teens. Aspiring app programmer? Indie game developer? Graphic artist? You got this! Level up your tech skills and build community with thousands of other students. With gaming tournaments, safe, collaborative forums, a massive Minecraft server, and an arcade, Tech Rocket makes learning fun all year long. It’s the perfect complement to our summer programs!

Sample Day

8-8:30am: Half-day AM campers and full-day campers check in during Flex Time. Campers participate in ice breaker activities.

8:30am: Split into course groups and let the tech innovation begin! Breaks are taken at the discretion of each instructor. Younger students will take more frequent breaks.

10am: Recess time! Enjoy a snack brought from home!

10:30: Resume instruction!

12-12:30pm: AM campers check out while full-day campers enjoy gaming time (including Minecraft)!

12:30: Full-day campers eat lunch. Please note that full-day students are required to bring a bagged lunch.

1-1:30pm: Activity time for full-day campers and check-in time for half-day PM campers.

1:30pm: Head to the labs. Let's create!

3pm: Recess and snack time!

3:30pm: Half-day PM and full-day students head back to the labs for instruction.

5-5:30pm: Pick-up time for half-day PM and full-day campers.

Instruction

Discover what sets our teaching style apart.

8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee

We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD Tech Mini, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, adult-only instructors guide you through tailored curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.

All-Adult Staff

Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Web Design, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.

Friday Open House for Families

On the last day of camp during Open House, instructors present each student with a personalized iD Tech Diploma and recap students' key accomplishments. Afterwards, students show their families what they spent the week learning!

Other Activities

Playtime has never been more fun! Students can expect a common-sense mix of instruction, breaks, social time, outdoor play, optional sports, video games, and other creative, age-appropriate activities.

Reviews

Programming Camp Reviews & Testimonials

  • “My daughter had a programming class before and really didn't like it. I was really nervous about how she would like iD Tech Mini, but she loved it and was super excited about programming her different games. Thanks for providing a great environment for her to explore programming!”
    - Marci M., Parent, CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9
  • “It was fun for my son. I like that the students are able to take their work home and resume progress.”
    - Sandy N., Parent, CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9
  • “Thank you so much for offering such a high-quality summer camp. I'm so impressed by the demonstration my child gave to me at the open house, she showed her ability to learn high tech information far beyond my expectations! Indeed, she’s asking me to sign her up for next year's camp now. Keep up the good work!”
    - Kui X., Parent, CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9
  • “My son was a little nervous before the first day, but he came home completely excited. He loved the class and is excited to keep programming at home. We look forward to more classes in the future! Thank you!"
    - Damon C., Parent, CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9
  • “I’m happy my daughter is into coding now because of her experience at iD Tech Mini.”
    - Vartuhi T., Parent, CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9
  • “Our son LOVED this camp! He came home excited every day. Thanks for an unforgettable experience.”
    - Julie C., Parent, CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9
  • “Wow my son learned so much in such a short period of time! Thank you, very nice work!”
    - Ritsuko Z., Parent, CodeWizards: Game Design & Code for Ages 8-9