Young Starter Lab

Grades 6th - 8th

This coding class is for middle-school students who want to start learning popular languages like Python, JavaScript and Java. For both beginners and experienced students, held after-school evenings and Saturdays.

Day/Time: Saturdays 10:30am-Noon


This Lab is for middle-school students who want to start coding. We begin with real programming tools that are easy to pick up and work with. Students jump right into starter languages like Python used in many places including Google! Making and modifying games is a big part of this lab and our coders have fun also working with JavaScript and Java.  

All material is project-based and class is held evenings and weekends. Students with prior programming experience may join this lab and begin with projects appropriate to their skill level.
  • Who: Middle School Students 
  • Decatur - Toco Hills Schedule: 
    Tuesdays 6:15-7:45pm
    Saturdays 10:30am-12:00
    Saturdays 1:00-2:30pm
  • Tuition: $169/month 
    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

The Young Starter Lab is a place for middle-school students (ages 11-14) to begin learning computer programming with Python, JavaScript, Java, Unity and more. They start with Python, an excellent language for teaching programming, to see and work with more traditional code. After becoming confident with Python, they begin a JavaScript and Java tracks to try object-oriented programming. Students who come in with some prior coding experience may move ahead to more advanced lessons.

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.


Processing is a coding tool geared toward creating visual interactive media. It was designed to make it easy for beginners to create interactive art through code. Programs written in Processing use either JavaScript or Java syntax, which makes it a great entry point to those languages. It is used in classrooms of all ages from computer science to visual arts programs. Students find it fun and satisfying to visualize their code and make something appear on-screen right away.

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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