Computer Programming

Turing Tumble

This is just about the coolest toy I've ever seen! Build marble powered computing devices to learn how computers work and explore the logic of programming. The set comes with all the necessary parts and a book of puzzle challenges. It's also very reasonably priced!

42 Electronics

Curriculum and parts kit for learning electronics, robotics, and Python programming. There is one level available now, and 3 more coming out over the next year. Price is pretty reasonable, and the writers appear to be a homeschooling family!

CodaKid

Self-paced, online coding classes for ages 7 to 15. These classes are different than programs like Scratch, because they use actual coding instead the simplified drag-and-drop system. Students use coding to create their own games, or content in Minecraft and Roblox. Price is a bit high, but there is a 14 day free trial.

Code Club

Free resources for learning coding through projects. There are projects using Scratch, Python, HTML, and other languages, plus resources for starting your own coding club. 

Youth Digital

Online courses in coding, game design, and animation for ages 8 to 14. Courses are self-paced, with video lessons and project-based learning. The price is a bit high, but you can get discounts through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

Code Spark

This is an app for young children to begin learning coding. An interesting quote from the site: "We believe all kids are natural builders and programming is one of the most rewarding and powerful ways to build." The cost for the app is a bit high, but there are some free teacher resources that look very useful.

CSJumpstartr

Project based computer science learning using the Scratch program from MIT. Students use templates to create slideshows, quizzes and games in Scratch. The templates include step-by-step help, printable worksheets, and explanations of the code. The projects are content-based, so they provide a way for kids to show what they're learning in other subjects. Reasonably priced, and a great tool for homeschoolers!

Alice

A free software for learning object-oriented programming. There are links on the website to several other sites with teaching materials.

Tynker

An online program where kids can learn computer coding, game and Minecraft mod design, and robotics and drone programming. Includes quite a bit of material at a reasonable price.

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