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Empowering Young Minds: The Benefits of Coding Classes for Kids at Panda Programmer

In today’s digital age, computer science is no longer just a skill; it’s a fundamental part of our daily lives. As technology continues to advance, there is a growing demand for individuals with coding skills. At Panda Programmer, we believe that it’s never too early to start learning to code. That’s why we offer coding classes for kids using award-winning tools, designed to spark their interest in computer science and equip them with essential skills for the future.

Learning to code at a young age provides numerous benefits. It not only teaches kids how to create software, websites, and apps but also develops critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Our coding classes for kids are designed to be fun and engaging, making learning a rewarding experience.

One of the unique features of our coding classes is our use of drag-and-drop coding languages. This approach allows kids to learn the basics of programming without the need to memorize complex syntax. Instead, they can focus on understanding the logic behind coding, which lays a solid foundation for learning more advanced programming languages in the future.

We understand that every child is different, which is why we offer a range of coding classes to suit different age groups and skill levels. From beginner classes that introduce coding concepts to advanced courses that dive deeper into programming languages, we have something for everyone.

Our commitment to providing quality coding education has earned us recognition as an all-time favorite summer camp for hundreds of children. We take pride in our students’ achievements and are dedicated to helping them reach their full potential.

If you’re looking for coding classes for kids that are fun, engaging, and educational, look no further than Panda Programmer. Join us in empowering young minds and shaping the future of computer science. Enroll your child in our coding classes today and watch them grow into confident, creative, and skilled programmers.

News Feb, 2024

Have you signed up for Panda Programmer’s 2024 Summer Camp yet?  We are thrilled to be offering our camp this year at the Pathways Baptist Church in Gaithersburg.  The address is 200 W Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

Similar to our previous years’ camps, this year’s camp will be for students from grades 1 through 8.  Our time-tested curriculum is based on the Scratch platform.  Advanced students may study Python, robotics, and JavaScript.  

We have a wonderful playground to take breaks in and breathe fresh air!  Sign up soon, as these camps will sell out.  

News Jan 26, 2023

Panda Programmer is happy share some good news about the FTC robots competition team that is sponsored by Panda:  Last weekend, on Jan 21st, Team #21814 (team ROR) had a great showing at the Qualifiers competition in Laurel, and advanced to the Regionals competition on Feb 11th

Out of 28 teams, the team took first place for the “Innovate” award, 2nd place for the “Design” award, and 2nd place for the “Inspire” award.  Good job team members!  Both captains of the team are graduates of Panda Programmers Coding classes for kids.  Good luck team ROR at the Regionals!

The Winners!
Team ROR advances to compete in the Regionals competition on Feb 11th.
The competition field.
Each team consists of 2 robots and played against another team of 2 robots.
Last minute fixes to the robot
The team made some last minute fixes to the robot.
Judging session
The team described the design process for the robot
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Coding Classes for kids in Montgomery County

Parents are asking this question lately, “How to teach Coding to Kids?”.

Because coding for kids is something you have to know about.

You cannot question this.  So many careers depend on technology and coding!

And… Just when you start getting accustomed to the existing technology, something new comes along. 

Today’s kids have a better knack for technology than their parents.

All of these things indicate one thing.

It’s time to teach these kids and get them acquainted with the whole making of all things technology.

The one most important word is ‘Coding’.

Not just coding, coding for kids.

The first question that pops up in our head when we think of coding for kids, is, “How to introduce coding to kids?”

As difficult as it may seem, teaching kids coding is actually rather easy. 

The big secret about teaching coding to kids is to teach programming as a creative activity for any kid to engage. 

When has any child learned anything this way!

Data processing algorithms are complicated and might not appeal to kids.

However, programming music, designing games, or websites, writing simple code in software, definitely intrigues kids! 

Teaching coding to children gives them a skill for life. 

Many different programming language tools exist for teaching children how to code. Panda Programmer uses several of these tools.

Some of these tools are developed as open-source and free ones that reached millions of children around the world. 

Sign your child up with Panda Programmer to begin the journey!

Summer Camp registration is open!

Summer camp registration for 2022 is open!  And our early bird special pricing extends only to April 1.  So, if your child would like to learn coding and have a great week (or weeks) at Panda Summer Camp, be sure to sign up as soon as possible.  Early bird rates are $399 for one week of full-day camp, and $249 for one week of half-day camp.

June 25, 2021 News

June 25, 2021 News:  Now that the pandemic seems to be “more under control” people are scrambling to get their elementary and middle school children signed up for summer camps!

Maryland Summer Camps

Maryland summer camps are thriving in 2021.  Tennis camps, arts camps, and especially tech camps are getting kids out of the house, around their peers, and enjoying life again!

Summer Camp Coding

Summer camp coding is a fun and educational experience for many children in grades 1 through 8.  Initially such kids are drawn to coding from their love of video games.  But at Panda Programmer, the beauty and elegance of computer science quickly wins them over.  The students see the rewards first hand, of writing clean, well-don code.  

Summer Day Camp

Summer day camp is a great way to allow children to experiment with new hobbies and ideas.  At Panda Programmer, we welcome both beginning programmers and advanced programmers.  Our experienced teachers guide students and allow them to proceed at their own pace.  That way students are neither overwhelmed, nor are they bored!

Well, that’s about it for the June 25, 2021 News…  See you at summer camp!

June 25, 2021 news

Camps in Maryland

One of the BEST camps in Maryland

Panda Programmer is one of the best camps in Maryland.  Since 2014 we have offered fun-filled, educational summer camps for students in elementary and middle school grades.  The focus for our camps is computer programming (coding).  And, of course we have fun!

The theoretical foundation of our camps and classes is Scratch.  Scratch is the basic building block of our curriculum.  Once campers have mastered the topic of Scratch, we encourage them to try additional topics such as robotsPython, and JavaScript/HTML.  Our guiding motto has always been “We don’t just play computer games, we create them!”  And this motto continues to be our guiding principle today.  We all know, kids in the grades of 1 though 8 are fascinated by video games.  The tend to play them a lot!  At Panda Programmer we do our best to take the energy from this fascination with these computer games, and translate it into motivation to learn computer science to create games and educational projects.  This thinking is critical to kids’ future academic pursuits. The kids love learning, and creating their projects.  

Options for camps

Camps in Maryland come in different varieties.  Some camps specialize in sports, some in music, and some in art.  Traditionally our Panda Programmer summer camp focuses on computer programming.  However we like to take breaks and run around outside.  We also try to “develop the whole child” by also offering music and foreign language classes as part of our Maryland summer camps.  

Our camps in Maryland are offered in full-day and half-day options.  Full-day campers arrive at 9 am and leave by 4 pm.  Half-day campers have the option of arriving at 9 am and staying until noon, or arriving at 1 pm and staying until 4 pm.  Full-day campers bring their own packed lunch from home, and optimally a snack for breaks in the middle of the day as well. 

Sign your child up today for a wonderful experience with summer camp coding!

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Rockville Summer Camp 2021

Panda Programmer is excited to offer its in-person summer camp in Rockville for the summer of 2021!  Our experienced teachers will be guiding campers between grades 1 and 8 as they learn the wonders of computer programming.  

Our curriculum focuses on Scratch, a platform designed for kids by the MIT media lab in Boston.  Campers are grouped in cohorts, wear masks, and have plenty of space to play outside in the fresh air.  For more information on our 2021 summer camp in Rockville, click on Summer Camps.

Panda Programmer has been offering summer camp coding since 2015.  We cater primarily to elementary and middle school students from grades 1 to 8.  Because our classes and camps are fun, kids love to come!  And as we deal with the challenges of the pandemic and 2021 camp, we are keeping the campers excited.  Therefore they remain engaged with our curriculum-  and we constantly update it.  We are teaching not only Scratch, but also Scratch JR, Python, HTML, and JavaScript.  Our advanced Scratch curriculum provides challenges to our students who have mastered the programming fundamentals in their online and in-person classes during the school year. Maryland summer camps rock!

For more information on our curriculum please click on our curriculum page.  

For more information on our online classes, in-person classes, virtual mini-camps, or in-person summer camps, contact us anytime at:  Outreach@PandaProgrammer.com or 443-26-PANDA.  We love doing Camps in Maryland!

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1 Hour Classes

1 Hour Classes

1 hour classes may be the answer! Are your children all “Zoomed” out from remote schooling?  Is the typical 2 hour Panda Programmer class just too much time for your child during the pandemic?

No problem! As of December, 2020 Panda Programmer is offering 1 hour classes to our students.  Simply choose the “1 hour” format when you sign up for the class, and your child will be registered for this newer, shorter format.  It’s a better way to do coding classes for kids.

We still teach the same material in the same fun environment-  it’s just shorter!

And if you prefer our traditional 2 hour format, that is still offered as well.  Call or email us with any questions on the length of our classes.  

Update for summer 2021:  We will continue to offer a choice for the length of our online classes.  Students may opt for the shorter class (60 minutes) or the longer traditional class (120 minuts).  And of course there’s our kids programming summer camp!  Our in-person summer camp is offered in half-day sessions, which are 3 hours long.  Or students can come for the entire day.  Full-day camp is 7 hours long.  Often kids have more fun in the in-person environment.  They can chat with their friends.  They can meet new friends.  And they have plenty of peers to show off their work to!  That goes the other direction as well, as students can learn from the peers too.

Regarding the fall for 2021:  Panda Programmer is hoping to once again offer in-school after-school classes.  Our traditional classes are taught in MCPS elementary schools.  1 hour classes are not part of this curriculum.  The in-school after-school classes are typically 2 hours long.  

Hoping to see you and your children in the fall!

1 hour classes