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Coding For Kids For Dummies

Coding For Kids For Dummies

Camille McCue

ISBN: 978-1-118-94034-1 October 2014 384 Pages




An easy-to-grasp introduction to coding concepts for kids

Coding For Kids For Dummies breaks coding into a series of small projects, each designed to teach elementary-to-middle-school-aged students a core concept to build a game, application, or other tool. In this his hands-on, friendly guide readers will get access to a leading coding tool that has been designed specifically for kids, showing them how to create the projects provided in the book as well as how to implement them into their own creative work.

Written by a teacher and leading advocate of coding education, Coding For Kids For Dummies explains to kids in plain English how to apply the math and logic skills they already have to the subject of coding. In no time, they'll be grasping basic coding concepts, completing their very own technical feats, and arming themselves with the computer science experience and know-how to prepare for a future working with technology.

  • Lay-flat binding allows for easy access as students work on projects
  • Full-color, large-print design make the information more approachable to kids
  • Kids interested in computer science get a competitive edge
  • The author has dedicated her career to enhancing coding and other STEM education in schools

If you're a student who wants to learn coding, a parent who wants to help your kid pursue an interest in coding, or a teacher who is in need of a supplemental course book for your computer science class, Coding For Kids For Dummies has you covered.

Introduction 1

Week 1: Basic Drawing, Motion, and Text Handling 5

Project 0: Getting Started with Coding 7

Project 1: Ar t Toy 19

Project 2: Mini Golf 44

Project 3: Sketcher Etcher 71

Week 2: Motion, Animating Shapes, and Reacting to Input 89

Project 4: Horse Race 91

Project 5: Winter Wonderland 112

Project 6: Sports Vote 134

Week 3: Variables: Counting and Conditionals 149

Project 7: Happy Birthday 151

Project 8: Number Guessing Computer 168

Project 9: Monster Mashup 190

Week 4: Keyboard Control and Shooters 211

Project 10: Viral Outbreak 213

Project 11: UFO Pilot 230

Project 12: Squid Ink 255

Week 5: Advanced Coding 285

Project 13: Rock, Paper, Scissors 287

Project 14: Where's Wallace Walrus? 305

Project 15: Traffic Dodge 326

Index 353

“..informative and easy to understand without feeling like it was condescending..” (Larger Family Life, August 2015)

“Coding For Kids can be used as a source of ideas in its own right..” (Teach Secondary, November 2015)

“It's worth getting the book because the project ideas are quite good… I found the projects not only interesting and innovative, but also with readable instructions!" (, January 2016)

15 Project Action Plans
Bonus Project 1: Silly Story