Coding and STEAM Curriculum

Designed for all experience levels, Tynker's self-paced curriculum of free coding classes lets students learn by applying coding to core subjects.

FREE Resources with Registration
  • 4 Free Coding Courses
  • Free Weekly STEM Projects
  • Free Hour of Code Activities
  • Free Project Templates
  • Free Coding Tools (Block & Text)
  • Unlimited Student Accounts
  • Student Progress Metrics
  • Free Professional Development
All Grades
Hour of Code
All Levels • 15+ Coding Puzzles • 25+ Coding Projects
Library of projects and puzzles
All Grades
Byju's Coding Cup
All Levels • 27+ Coding Lessons
Soccer-themed Game and Puzzles
All Grades
NASA Hour of Code
All Levels • 11 Coding Projects
Library of projects and puzzles
Grades 3-5
Programming 100
Beginner • 6 Lessons • 47 Activities
Grades 3-5
Elementary School Starter Course
Grades K-4
Web iPad
Barbie™ You Can Be Anything™
Beginner • 6 Lessons • 44 Activities
Grades K-4
Web iPad
Elementary School Starter Course
Grades 6-8
Programming 300
Beginner • 5 Lessons • 43 Activities
Grades 6-8
Middle School Starter Course
Grades 9-12
Programming 400
Beginner • 5 Lessons • 33 Activities
Grades 9-12
High School Starter Course

Standards Alignment

Tynker’s course pathways and learning modules align with the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, CSTA K-12 standards, ISTE standards, several US state CS standards, and the UK National Standards.

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100% CSTA K-5
100% CSTA Programming
100% AP CS A, AP CSP
Common Core State Standards Initiative
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Next Generation Science Standards
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A

List of Programming Courses

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Course Name
10 Icon Coding Courses K-2 Tynker Junior Beginner
All About Computers I K-2 Tynker Web Beginner
Space Cadet 1-2 Tynker App   Tynker Web Beginner
Dragon Spells 1-3 Tynker App   Tynker Web Intermediate
Programming 1A, 1B 1-2 Tynker Web Beginner
All About Computers II 3-5 Tynker Web Beginner
Programming 101, 102 3-4 Tynker App   Tynker Web Beginner
Lego WeDo Coding 3-5 Tynker App   Tynker Web Beginner
6 STEM Level 1 Courses 1-5 Tynker App   Tynker Web Beginner
Augmented Reality 5-7 Tynker App   Tynker Web Intermediate
Microbit 101 3-5 Tynker App   Tynker Web Intermediate
Programming 201, 202 5-6 Tynker App   Tynker Web Intermediate
6 STEM Level 2 Courses 6-8 Tynker App   Tynker Web Intermediate
Programming 301, 302 7-8 Tynker Web Advanced
Drone Coding 5-7 Tynker App   Tynker Web Beginner
JavaScript 101 7+ Tynker Web Advanced
Python 101 7+ Tynker Web Advanced
Web Development 7+ Tynker Web Advanced
MicroPython 101 7+ Tynker Web Advanced
Python 201 8+ Tynker Web Advanced
Java 101 9+ Tynker Web Advanced
Intro to Programming and Art 9+ Tynker Web Advanced
Data Science 1 9+ Tynker Web Advanced
AP Computer Science Principles 9+ Tynker Web Advanced
AP Computer Science A 9+ Tynker Web Advanced
Course Totals 15 31 19 12

Tynker App icon  Course available via Tynker App.
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Tynker Web  Course available via Tynker for web.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Tynker?

    Tynker is an online platform that easily and successfully teaches students how to code through the activities they already love: games and stories. Students learn the fundamentals of programming and design through Tynker's intuitive visual programming language without the frustrations of traditional syntax.

    Tynker's goal is to provide every child with the best free coding programs to give them a solid foundation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) thinking abilities to prepare them for 21st century degrees and careers.

  • How can I use Tynker at my school?

    Tynker is a flexible platform providing free computer programming courses that are being used in lots of ways across 150,000 schools. Schools are using Tynker's grade-specific lesson plans to teach programming in formal Computer Science classes or to support project-based learning across all subject areas -- science, math, ELA, social studies and more.

    Schools can use Tynker to supplement classroom teaching with 21st century skill-building or roll out a comprehensive and progressive programming curriculum across all grades.

  • Do I need coding experience or training to use Tynker with my students?

    Not at all! No coding experience and no training is required. Teachers love the free coding classes from Tynker because the self-paced curriculum gets students started on their own. Tynker provides a rich set of resources to answer student questions, such as videos, guides, tutorials, and the very helpful Tynker Troll that provides contextual help for students. We've found that teachers can also learn alongside the students, and in a collaborative environment, students can also help and inspire each other.

    Tynker has lots of innovations to empower any teacher, regardless of experience, to teach programming to their students. With interactive lectures that teach programming concepts, step-by-step tutorials that walk students through programming projects, and hands-on coding exercises with instructions, students learn at their own pace. Teachers can spend more time with students who need extra help and less time preparing coding courses for kids.

  • Is it easy to monitor what my students are learning?

    Absolutely! We understand how busy educators are, which is why we have a whole suite of free online coding classes and educator tools. Tynker has a built-in assessment framework that tracks student progress, individually and at the class level. You can use the concept map, grading and metrics dashboards to easily track how your students are learning. Tynker's Classroom Management Tools eliminate much of the "work" involved in teaching and lets you focus on your students.

  • Do my students need prior experience?

    Tynker provides a fun and easy introduction to programming for all students. Early elementary students can get started with Tynker through the engaging Tynker tablet app (iOS and Android) in preparation for Tynker's project-based programming courses starting in 3rd grade. Grade-specific programming courses allow students to learn coding free online and develop skills year-after-year with the gradual transition to traditional programming languages like JavaScript.

  • What are Tynker courses like?

    Each of our 100-, 200- and 300-level coding courses for kids consists of 16-17 lessons. Lessons are designed to last one class period (45 min to 1 hr.). As students progress through a lesson, they'll be working through different types of learning modules:

    • Interactive Lectures - set the lesson context and explain the concepts that students are about to learn
    • Tutorials - Step-by-step instructions that guide students to build the project in Tynker Workshop.
    • Puzzles - A scenario is presented with some code blocks. Students are challenged to program or debug to make this code work and solve the puzzle.
    • Projects - An open-ended activity with instructions. Students apply what they have learned and build a project.
    • Quizzes - A set of fun multiple choice questions around concepts learned in the lesson. Student quiz scores are available in the Grading Dashboard.
  • Can I use Tynker with my entire school?

    Absolutely! Tynker's grade-specific free computer programming courses teach through activities that students love! 1st graders solve fun puzzles using Tynker's tablet app, while 3rd graders are creating exciting stories and animations. Upper elementary students learn the basics of game design to create a fun side-scrolling obstacle game while middle school students start experimenting with the advanced Physics Engine for physics-based projectile games before transitioning directly to JavaScript.

  • How does Tynker support learning in other areas?

    Tynker easily lends itself to supporting all areas of learning. Schools are using Tynker's coding for kids free as a way for students to demonstrate their understanding of other subjects such as science and math. And as students work on Tynker projects they acquire a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying.

    Tynker's lessons support and enhance Common Core State Standards. View Common Core mapping here.

  • What do my students learn with Tynker?

    Tynker's free online coding classes are designed to teach students computational thinking and core computer science concepts. Through Tynker, students learn the fundamentals of programming found in all object-oriented programming languages. Tynker lessons not only make it easy for students to understand abstract programming concepts, but also allow them to apply concepts to different projects, games, and scenarios. Students learn programming concepts such as loops and variables, repetition, conditional logic, functions, computer drawing, and music. Students also acquire critical skills, such as problem decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and automation. Once students have a strong grasp of the fundamentals, they can transition to any mainstream programming language, such as JavaScript.

  • What are students creating?

    Students are creating all sorts of amazing projects with Tynker’s free coding classes. Check out some of our favorites in our Kid Creation's gallery.

  • Have additional questions?

    We have answers! Contact us to learn more about teaching programming at your school with free computer programming courses from Tynker.