- Who: Middle School Students
Decatur - Toco Hills Schedule:
This is a monthly ongoing program and students attend once per week.
Join on the first or third week of the month.
Scroll down for more info about the coding languages used in class.
Programming Lab: Young Starter Lab
When can I start? How long is the program?
New students begin on the first or third week of each month. After registration we will confirm the first day with you. Tuition is monthly and students attend once per week. While students begin learning right away, the program is organized to enable them to continue as long as they are interested and having fun through flexible project-based material.
There is no fixed term for our Starter labs other than a monthly commitment. If a student misses a class they may attend a makeup class on an alternate day or time by simply emailing us.
Students start with Python in their very first class. Python was designed with a clear easy to read code style and simpler data structures. It eliminates some of the sources of frustration for beginners with other languages like C++ and Java. Plus it's fun! Python is used universally for web development, science, big data, and simple scripting. Once a student is comfortable with Python's syntax, a jump to other languages is not as jarring or difficult. Many universities teach Python in computer science including Atlanta's own Georgia Tech.
Java and Unity3D with C#
Students who finish a short set of lessons in Python are introduced to Java to begin object-oriented programming. Java is the most popular programming language in the world and was designed to 'run anywhere' on many different platforms. Java is used for Android, for example, so the students will be ready to try Android app development. Minecraft was also written in Java and is another motivating factor for students.
Once confident with object-oriented programming, students can begin our Unity 3D game development track with C#. We start with beginner lessons to learn the Unity IDE and quickly add scripting with C# to write game code. All lessons from our summer camps are available to students in the Starter Labs.
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