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.

 

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

Group of young people working at a laptop

 

Create Fun Projects

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

Showcase of Scratch projects available

 

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

 

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.

Statistics for the Jr Coder Mini-Degree

YOUR COURSES, YOUR WAY

Learn with project-based courses that are designed to be flexible – access them 24/7, fit them around your schedule, and choose the learning materials that suit you best.

You can even download your course videos and watch them offline using the Zenva app, available on iOS and Android.

✅ Watch video lessons

✅ Read text summaries

✅ Explore interactive lessons

✅ Practice with source code

✅ Build real projects

✅ Earn completion certificates

ACHIEVE REAL RESULTS

Our community of 1,000,000+ learners and developers have used the skills learned with us to publish their own games and websites, land their dream jobs, and even start their own businesses – and you have the potential to do the same!

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ANDREA CARDENAS-ROEDER

The Unity courses at Zenva helped me achieve a level of comfort with game development that I didn’t think was possible. They give you the confidence to expand your skills, and were so easy to understand.

LEARN FROM WORLD-CLASS INSTRUCTORS

Our course instructors participate in elite developer programs and have been recognized for their demonstrated excellence in development and teaching.

That way, you can be confident that you’re learning the most up-to-date content from industry experts.

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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