Raising kids in a fast faced digital era is daunting challenge day to day. Money wise as well as trendy wise. Teaching a kid how to code is in average very expensive. One of the most popular program like “Robotics and Visual Programming Lab with VEX IQ” from ID Tech Summer CAMP for just 1 week costs around $1,049 in Seattle, Washington. For older kid from 13 years or older there is even more expensive like “Autonomous and Self-Driving Robotics Lab” running around $4,099 for 2 weeks.
For your kids’ long summer you don’t have to suffer financial burdens you don’t have to. There are decent number of FREE resources you can keep up your kids’ STEM level as long as you watch them over how they are doing.
I believe the biggest challenge in terms of introducing kids how to code or STEM education has been fun factor. Kids normally shy away from EDUCATION flavored program/camp. They jump into fun or exciting ventures but slow to engage when you find themselves in EDUCATION powered programs/camps. One of the strategies should be mixing education with some fun factors like GAME programming or sending kids to STEM camp with a lot of sports/outdoor activities.
Coming back to FREE resources in terms of STEM/Coding education.
Known for Hours of Code, this website has tones of FREE resources to learn coding plus very kids friendly, which means a lot of familiar Disney characters showing up to help kids to learn coding. Backed by industry leaders this site has one of the best resources in terms of programming / Computer Science resources.
khanacademy.org has great STEM tutorials not just programming but also general Math/Science materials.
EDX.ORG has great children’s resources for coding education. One of my favorite class is “Programming in Scratch“.