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.
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
Create Fun Projects
You’ll create a portfolio of fun projects, including:
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+)
- 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!
- Coding in Scratch
- Creating algorithms
- Loops & conditionals
- Character motion
- Storytelling with sound
- Sprite animations
- Repetition & logic
- Game design
- Keyboard movement
- Adding game logic
- Scoring and winning
- Sensors and interactions
- Project management
- Social impact of tech
Why Learn Coding and Computer Science with Scratch?
Scratch is used throughout the globe across many different age 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.
No matter where you look, technology is being adopted in every industry at increasing rates. With STEM and computer jobs on the rise as well, understanding the digital systems around us has become more important than ever before – especially for younger generations. As a stepping stone before diving into computer science, digital systems pave the way to being actively involved in how technology impacts our society.
WHO CAN TAKE THESE COURSES?
We start with the absolute basics and go through everything step-by-step – so even if you have zero experience in programming, you’ll be able to easily follow along.
More experienced? Whether you’re wanting to brush up, expand your skills, or learn a new technology, our courses are structured in a way that makes it easy to skip ahead to the lessons that are relevant and interesting to you.
REINFORCE YOUR LEARNING
Zenva’s courses feature quick challenges that will speed up your learning.
Access live coding lessons where you can practice coding right in your browser, and instantly see the results of any changes you make to the code:
Reinforce key concepts with in-course quizzes, which appear throughout courses:
COURSES BY THE WORLD’S BEST
Our course instructors aren’t just fun to learn from – they’re also serious gamers, qualified coders, and have been formally certified by Unity Technologies and CompTIA for their excellent programming and teaching skills. That way, you can be confident that you’re developing strong, modern skills that will set you up for success as a game developer.
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.
With an online platform optimized for all modern devices, you can even learn on the go!
✅ Watch video lessons
✅ Download course printouts
✅ 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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