The KidCoder Windows and Game Programming courses are designed for 6th-8th grade students looking for a fun, easy-to-learn, computer science elective. These self-study courses teach computer programming (how to create software) using a programming language called "Visual Basic". This language is very English-like, and is easy to learn and use. Your student's computer science education starts here!
Our printed courses courses ship as physical textbooks with accompanying CD(s), and require a Windows computer with CD-ROM. Click here for full system requirements.
These courses offer optional instructional videos! The instructional videos disc contains a 5 to 10 minute video for every lesson in a course. Each lesson video will introduce and re-enforce the textbook lesson concepts. You may see animation and narration describing a concept or watch a recorded demonstration showing exactly how to complete a task. The textbook is still needed to complete the course, and the videos are optional, but they are a great addition to our curriculum!
KidCoder: Visual Basic Year Pack (Our Best Value)
The KidCoder: Visual Basic Year Pack is our best value in this printed package. You get both our first semester KidCoder: Windows Programming course AND the second semester KidCoder: Game Programming course in one discounted bundle. Enjoy a full year's worth of material!
For sample pages, topics and videos, and a syllabus/planner, check out the individual descriptions information below.
KidCoder: Windows Programming
KidCoder: Windows Programming is the first semester course in the KidCoder: Windows and Game series. Your 6th–8th grade students will learn to write graphical Windows programs using the Visual Basic programming language.
Some of the topics in this book include using software tools, working with numeric and text data, math operations, responding to user input, finding and fixing program errors, publishing programs to other computers and more.
For the final project, students will put all their new skills together to create a simple video game!
KidCoder: Game Programming
KidCoder: Game Programming is the second semester course in our KidCoder Windows and Game series. Your student will be excited about each lesson!
Some of the topics in this book include drawing shapes on the screen, handling keyboard clicks and mouse movements, displaying and animating images, collision detection, playing music and sound effects, artificial intelligence and more.
Your student will write several Visual Basic video games and gain the skills needed to create more on their own!
Our online courses are delivered to your web browser through a full Learning Management System that includes integrated multi-media lessons, auto-graded quizzes and tests, electronic gradebook, and other cool features. There are no physical components to ship or receive in the mail. The KidCoder: Visual Basic online course requires a Windows computer with high-speed Internet access. Click here for full system requirements.
Instructional videos are fully integrated into every online course! Each lesson includes a 5 to 10 minute video to introduce and re-enforce the lesson text. You may see animation and narration describing a concept or watch a recorded demonstration showing exactly how to complete a task.
Your online course includes both a student account (with access to student material) and a teacher account (with access to all material, including solution guides, answer keys, and fully coded activity solutions). Accounts are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Once registered, more time or additional siblings may be added for a nominal fee.
KidCoder: Visual Basic (Online Year Pack)
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Topics include working with numeric and text data, math operations, responding to user input, finding and fixing program errors, publishing programs to other computers, drawing shapes on the screen, handling keyboard clicks and mouse movements, displaying and animating images, collision detection, playing music and sound effects, artificial intelligence and more!
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The KidCoder: Visual Basic online year pack contains our first semester KidCoder: Windows Programming material and the second semester KidCoder: Game Programming material in one integrated, year-long course.
Throughout this course, students will learn to create their own computer programs and video games using Visual Basic. Students don't need prior programming experience. We build all Visual Basic programming skills from the ground up.
Additional student accounts for siblings can be purchased for $40 each from your Teacher account within the course. For licensing details, please see our Conditions of Use page.