Fun coding activity for New Zealand kids and teens

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What do the following have in common? Applications, games, messaging systems, banking systems, fire alarm systems, electric vacuum cleaners, car dashboards, coffee machines, washing machines and social media platforms.

Creating each one involves coding.

During the school holidays, Coding NZ offers all New Zealand children and teenagers aged 9-18 the opportunity to learn coding in free coding activities during the holidays.

Give your child or teen the opportunity to create with technology, instead of just consume it, by booking them for an activity here. It’s fun, engaging and invaluable. With learning available for every skill level, everyone is welcome, from beginners to more advanced levels. And who knows? An exciting vacation activity that challenges the brain and provides a balancing addition to outdoor excitement just might set your child on the path to becoming Google’s next inventor.

Students learn to create websites and games with real coding languages.

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Students learn to create websites and games with real coding languages.

Coding NZ, one of New Zealand’s top private coding course providers, was founded by Nikki Trebilco. It takes a fun approach to learning and provides tutors to help students during free holiday coding activities.

Understanding that computers can sometimes be fun and infuriating to others (for all ages!), Coding NZ has taken a specifically ‘human’ approach to delivering learning activities. “I tried to remove all barriers to learning coding by making it fun and self-paced, with tutors available to help students who were stuck,” says Trebilco.

Nobody will say that different people have different learning approaches, and the Coding NZ program is created with this in mind. “The self-paced nature of the program is important, as it allows more advanced students to progress quickly – often allowing them to be extended far beyond what they could be in the traditional education system – while other students are able to move through the learning content more slowly and get creative with what they learn every step of the way,” adds Trebilco.

Of course, everyone, even adults, usually starts out as users rather than creators of technology. Our different lives include using technology both in and out of the workplace, but how many of us could create the programs we use? As children learn to code, they discover that every game, app, and service was created by another human being.

Live tutors will be online to assist students.

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Live tutors will be online to assist students.

“Our curriculum teaches students how to build websites, games and apps with real coding languages, which is a step above the ‘scratch/drag and drop’ learning done in many classrooms. class,” says Trebilco.

Learning to code is invaluable for anyone as it engages multiple regions of the brain. The learning itself helps to form better thinkers, as learners develop their memory, attention, and decision-making skills. Coding is the language humans use to tell technology what to do, so learning to program is very similar to learning a new language (something young people excel at).

Trebilco notes, “When we teach coding, we naturally need to integrate learning English, physics, math, and design, which is a great way for students to learn these important areas in a space engaging creative. I wish this program was available when I was young.”

Indeed, coding has become an exceptional career choice. This is an increasingly in-demand skill set, with Information Technology having the most recent job postings across all industries (Seek 12/13/2021) and Programming making the list long-term skills shortages from Immigration NZ. Information Technology has been the highest paying industry on the TradeMe Jobs Salary Guide for the past 4 consecutive years.

Learning to code is valuable in our digital world.

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Learning to code is valuable in our digital world.

While school holidays should definitely consist of outdoor activities and friends, keeping your kids mentally engaged is just as important. For parents looking for a fun educational activity to stimulate the mind and creativity of their child or teenager, Coding NZ’s free holiday activities are a must. And with tutor support for anyone stuck, you don’t have to be a tech savvy to see your child or teen learn to code. “It’s exciting to see students learn to code, knowing that it develops their creative and logical abilities, while increasing their chances of success in a digital world,” adds Trebilco.

Coding NZ holiday activities are available Monday 11th July to Friday 22nd July at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm weekdays. Parents can book a one-hour coding activity at any of these times. For more information or to book, visit codingnz.com/holidays.

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