Our Next Session Starts April 6th 2019

We’re happy to continue Spring 2019 with a new 6 weeks sessions for kids 6 and up.

When: Every Saturday starting April 6th 2019 until May 18th 2019.

There will be two sessions every Saturday, from 11:00AM to 12:00PM and from 12:15PM to 1:15PM.

Where: Laurel Library 507 7th Street Laurel, MD 20707

Your kids will have a blast learning about coding through a tailored course where they progress at their own pace.

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Why coding?

According to ed.gov, “only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in math and interested in a STEM career”, yet of the top 25 paying jobs in demand, coding and technology related jobs counted for 13 out of the 25 jobs listed peaking at #3, just behind doctors and pharmacists! One of our goals is to help fill that gap by opening the field of STEM jobs as a real possibility to minority boys and girls.

HELP KIDS BECOME KODERS

KidKoders is a non-profit organization introducing minority boys and girls to the possibilities of coding in Laurel MD.

Please visit and support our GoFundMe campaign and learn how your contribution is helping train and prepare the entrepreneurs and job creators of tomorrow!

What We Do

We currently offer the following services to our kids:

Monthly “Hour of Code” Coding workshops

Weekly coding classes

Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

Our mission is to introduce our boys and girls to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) through coding. We are parents who understand the value of technology in the world of tomorrow and want to prepare our kids to be full citizens, entrepreneurs, and job creators in the economy of tomorrow.

Can My Kid Do It?

Know that being a coder DOES NOT requires being great a math or science.

KidKoders believe that a programmer is first and foremost a problem solver and coding is a language and can be learned like any other language.

We teach them that a good coder uses his or her logic, creativity and hard work to get the task done.

Future Techie Conference 2017

When: Saturday December 9th 2017

Where: Meeting Room A (Dorothy Height Room) at the Laurel Library Branch
507 7th Street
Laurel, MD 20707

This conference is aimed at parents and their children, ages K – 12 that are interested in learning more about computer science and technology and want the opportunity to interact with professionals from the field. The program will be as follow:

HOUR ONE: TECH TALKS

During the first hour 6 speakers will each hold 10 minutes talk focused on their background, how they got into the field of computer science and technology, the lessons they learned, and their current career. This is a direct opportunity for you and your kids to hear directly from actors in the field and be able to understand a little more this growing carerr opportunity.

HOUR TWO: Q&A/MEET AND GREET

During the second hour, KidKoders will hold a 30 minutes panel time allowing discussion on the impact of Computer Science in the marketplace of today followed by a Q&A session giving you an opportunity to interact with our panel participants and ask questions. Following the conclusion of the Q&A, we will let you informally meet and greet our speakers so you can ask the more informal questions you have and get the opportunity to interact on a one on one basis.

Computer Science Education Week 2017 at KidKoders

Hour Of Code Nights

When: Tuesday December 5th and Thursday December 7th 2017 from 5pm to 8pm

Where: Computer Lab at the Laurel Library Branch
507 7th Street
Laurel, MD 20707

Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. By joining us on one of these nights, you or your child can try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.

Flyer for Day Of Code

Day of Code Event at SRTRC in Fort Washington

We are excited to participate in the Day of Code on January 27th 2018 at the Souther Regional Technology & Recreation Complex in Fort Washington. This is a FREE event designed to empower and motivate young people, especially girls in the field of computer science. We will be holding an Hour of Code lab for all the participants and talking about careers in the Coding field.

Sessions

We operate in six week sessions throughout the year. Each session last one hour and we accept about 14 students per session. Each of the student is given an account based on what we initially estimate their level of code competency is. We have four levels, based on individual competency and the goal of our sessions is to help kids move up from level to level. There is no formal lecture, we rely on a hands free, one on one approach to help each kid understand the concepts necessary at their own pace. Kids are encouraged to continue working on their progress outside of session time. From session to session, we invite industry professionals to come and talk to the kids about their jobs, their careers and this gives kids the opportunity to understand the different opportunities available within the technology world.

How

  1. Two weeks before each session, we open registration online on our website and email our parents.
  2. You can register your children (up to 2 per family per session) for a session
  3. Within one week of the start of the session we will email you to confirm your children’s attendance. On your confirmation, the spot(s) you signed up for will be reserved. This is to prevent no shows given the demand for the program
  4. On confirmation of your spot(s), just show up for the first day of class!

When?

  • Every Saturday for 6 weeks (except holidays)
  • 11:00PM – 2:00 PM
  • 12:15PM – 1:15PM

Where

  • Laurel Library Computer Lab. 507 7th St, Laurel, MD 20707
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KidKoders Parents

If you're attending a workshop or a class:

First allow us to congratulate you on being pro-active and understanding the value of coding literacy in your child’s life now and for the future. Beyond that, the one and only thing your child needs from you is:

  • A LAPTOP/CHROMEBOOK: It could be your own or any other portable computer. As long as it can get on the internet, they can use it.
  • YOUR SUPPORT: It goes a long way towards ensuring your child’s success in learning and progressing.

We will also ask that if the need rises during the lesson for your child to work on a certain skill for you to make time for them to do so during the week. Your help is crucial in helping them get along, and who knows, you might pick a thing up or two while helping them!

Kids

If you're attending a workshop or a class:

In order for all of us to teach and learn in the best conditions possible, there are core values that we at KidKoders live by and expect our students to respect and strive towards:

  • PATIENCE: Coding is fun, but it can also become frustrating at times. After all, it solving puzzles was so easy we would not spend so much time on them. The same mindset is required to become a good coder. Sometimes the solution is not obvious and we ask that you try your best to be patient and work at it.
  • HARD WORK: Nobody becomes good at anything by just thinking about it. Coding requires a lot of trial and error, and the more you work at it, the better you become. We always expect our students to try their hardest and to strive to become excellent.
  • POSITIVE ATTITUDE: As said before, coding can become frustrating at times. Throughout it, we expect our students to maintain a positive attitude towards their peers and teachers

We will often remind you of these values during our classes and we expect you to remember them and live by them as you progress through the curriculum.