Students in Starfire Coding learn programming concepts that apply to real world programming languages by coding games and animations. Learning to code is essential to understand the world that we live in, and how machines work. The process of learning to code teaches kids new ways to think about problems; to think critically, and how to breakdown and solve problems. Kids who learn to code, problem solve, and use logic and systematic reasoning.
Expected Student Outcomes
- Knowledge of programming concepts that apply to real world programming languages.
- Creative new ways to think about problems.
- Ability to think logically and systematically.
- Ability to breakdown and solve problems
Starfire Coding: ScratchJr This class is for students grades K-1. ScratchJr is a simpler version of Scratch, a visual programing language, where blocks of code are snapped together to create games and animations. Download the ScratchJr app from the App Store or Google Play.
Starfire Coding: Scratch Level I This class is for students grades 1-6. Scratch is a visual programing language, where blocks of code are snapped together to create games and animations. Scratch is a robust language that can be used to code complicated games. Kids will learn coding concepts and build their own games and animated stories.
Starfire Coding: Scratch Level II This class is for students grades 1-6 who have taken Coding Scratch Coding Level I. Kids will learn more advanced coding concept and build their own advanced games and animated stories.
Starfire Coding: Python Level I This is a hands-on, project based class where kids learn to code with Python by solving coding challenges. This class is for students grades 4-8 who have some experience coding with visual languages and want to learn Python to build games and apps. Students are eligible for this class when they have mastered Scratch or another visual based language. Students learn to think critically and creatively by solving challenging problems.
Starfire Coding: Python Level II This is a hands-on, project based class where kids learn by solving coding challenges. This class is for students grades 4-8 who have experience coding with Python. Students are eligible for this class after taking Starfire Coding: Python Level I. Students learn to think critically and creatively by solving challenging problems.
Starfire teaching methods and curriculum
In Starfire Coding kids learn through hands-on project based activities. They acquire a tool kit needed to code and are given challenges to solve as a member of a two person team.
Starfire classes foster a growth mindset, grit, teamwork, and empathy in a fun, emotionally, intellectually safe and supportive learning environment. Starfire teachers’ inspire intellectual and personal growth in their students. The teachers love what they do and their passion is contagious.
What are the Starfire teachers-coaches qualifications?
Starfire teacher-coaches are highly qualified math, engineering, and computer science professionals and teachers with degrees from Stanford University, University of California and other excellent academic institutions. We teach Starfire Coding because we want to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for coding with kids.
Small Class Size
The Starfire Coding classes are limited to 18 students per classroom, with no more than six students per teacher/coach.
Try a Class
If you would like your child to try a Starfire class, we ask that you register and pay online. If after attending two classes, you feel that the class is not the right fit for your child we will gladly issue a refund for the full cost of the remaining classes. Unfortunately we are unable to process refunds for withdrawals after the two week trial period.
Starfire is able to offer a limited number of scholarships intended only for students with a financial need who would not otherwise be able to participate. If your family is able to pay for after school classes, please allow others to utilize the scholarships!
The Starfire Coding classes are limited to 16 students per classroom, with no more than eight students per teacher/coach.