How Kids Learn Coding with Tynker
At Tynker, we are committed to empowering the next generation of makers with a foundation in programming and computational thinking. We know that these skills will be incredibly valuable for 21st century careers and as a way to support critical thinking in all disciplines.
But for most of a child’s learning experience, how they learn is just as important as what they learn. That’s why we take special care in crafting a fun, game-based curriculum that teaches kids to code with interactive lessons and creative projects.
Scenario & Story-Based Learning
Tynker presents coding as a way to solve scenario-driven challenges, like programming a dragon to get through obstacles and collect treasure, rather than as concepts that kids must learn. Our interactive approach introduces programming concepts as kids build mini-games, solve puzzles, create coding projects, complete daily missions, earn exciting badges, and unlock new characters. This is why kids love learning with Tynker – even though they’re mastering important programming concepts, they just feel like they’re playing a game.
Step 1. Solve Puzzles with Block Coding
In our block coding courses, kids learn programming fundamentals, including sequencing, decomposition, pattern recognition, functions, and variables. The power of Tynker’s learning system is that kids don’t even realize they’re learning these concepts. They just think they’re solving challenges, like programming Gus the astronaut to gather all his belongings and navigate his spaceship home. But puzzles like these actually teach important computational thinking concepts and programming constructs.
Step 2. Get Creative with Code
Based on a child’s interests, they choose a learning path within Tynker that allows them to express their creativity through coding.
We provide tutorials that guide kids through the fundamentals they’ll need to make amazing programs. With block coding, kids can:
- Build animation and storytelling projects
- Create mobile apps and games
- Program drone flight paths and deliveries
- Explore robotics with Lego WeDo and other connected toys
- Design 3D games and mods for Minecraft
- Create advanced physics-based games using Tynker’s physics engine
- Model math and science concepts
- Connect with Internet Web Services to create dynamic, useful programs
- Much more!
Step 3. Get Familiar with Text Syntax
Here’s the same puzzle as above, but switched to the Python block mode:
With Tynker, kids get a head-start in computer programming in a way that’s fun and intuitive, and they’re then guided through curricula that prepare them to take on real-world challenges and join the next generation of professional coders.