Jr Coder Mini-Degree [2022]

With over half of all STEM jobs requiring computing, and coding becoming increasingly important in virtually every industry, coding has become a critical skill for kids and adults alike. It also instills a variety of lifelong skills, including boosts to creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, and computational thinking, ensuring that you’ll experience its benefits for years to come.

In the Jr Coder Mini-Degree, you’ll explore the world of coding through Scratch – a visual programming tool created by MIT – using a simple drag-and-drop system.

GIF demonstration of Scratch coding in progress

Creating several interactive projects, you’ll learn to design and implement algorithms (computer instructions) while mastering coding principles like variables, conditionals, and loops. You’ll also practice thinking like a computer and understanding the deeper impacts programming has on society.

 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Solve real-world problems using algorithms
  • Create interactive games, apps, and animations
  • Learn computer science concepts by building projects
  • Use project management to build digital solutions
  • Evaluate the social, economic, and environmental impacts of technology

 

Create Fun Projects

You’ll create a portfolio of fun projects, including:

Showcase of projects available in Jr Coder Mini-Degree

 

Who Is This Mini-Degree For?

The Jr Coder Mini-Degree has been designed to make it easy for ANYONE to learn how to code, and is perfect for:

  • Young coders (ages 9+)
  • Teenagers
  • Adults who wish to learn to code visually
  • Educators looking for classroom-friendly content
  • Homeschoolers looking for modern courses that can be taken at home

No prior programming experience is needed to get started with these courses – they’re 100% beginner-friendly!

 

Understand the Concepts Behind Coding

The Jr Coder Mini-Degree goes beyond surface-level content – it’s designed to give you a fundamental understanding of the concepts behind coding.

You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of algorithms and how they work, so that you can apply the skills you learn to your own coding projects.

Example of a flowchart about making pasta

Curriculum

Jr Coder Mini-Degree Level 1

Level 1: Your First Algorithms
  • Coding in Scratch
  • Creating algorithms
  • Loops & conditionals
  • Interactivity

Jr Coder Mini-Degree Level 2

Level 2: Animation Projects
  • Character motion
  • Storytelling with sound
  • Sprite animations
  • Repetition & logic

Jr Coder Mini-Degree Level 3

Level 3: Game Projects
  • Game design
  • Keyboard movement
  • Adding game logic
  • Scoring and winning

Jr Coder Mini-Degree Level 4

Level 4: Intermediate Level
  • Simulations
  • Sensors and interactions
  • Project management
  • Social impact of tech

 

Dive into Interactive Courses

We get that everyone is different.

All of our courses feature a range of different learning materials – creating a flexible learning experience that can be tailored to your own style.

 

List of benefits of taking the Jr Coder Mini-Degree

 

Reinforce Your Learning with Challenges

The best way to cement your knowledge is to actively practice what you’ve learned. Our courses make this easy by featuring quick challenges, so you can ensure that you’re retaining your new skills.

Example of one of the challenges available in the curriculum

Why Learn Coding and Computer Science with Scratch?

Scratch is used throughout the globe across many different ages groups. As schools increasingly emphasize coding as a core part of education, it has also become increasingly popular amongst young people.

With computer occupations growing faster than average, and salaries increasing as well, the demand for more computer science experts has become a top priority.

Bar chart showing how many people use scratch per area

Fact sheet showing how popular Scratch is

Chart showing various average US salaries for developers

Horizontal bar chart showing age groups and their usage of Scratch, with 10-14 year olds having the highest

Fact sheet showing how huge a percentage of people believe computer science education is important

Line chart showing growth of computer jobs and stem fields compared with all jobs

This curriculum is suitable for complete beginners with no prior coding experience.

Discover coding for kids with Scratch and master algorithm creation, computational thinking, and coding principles.

  • On-demand, 24/7 access
  • 2.6 hours of on-demand video
  • Certificate of completion
  • Closed captions

$250

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