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Coding with Left!

We are a tech company located in Maple Ridge, BC, with some amazing people working on some cool internet products.  We like to work hard, and play hard too!

Giving back to our community is one of our core values, and we love sharing our knowledge and skills with students like yourself in our local community.  So here are a couple of fun coding lessons that you can try out, right at home!

What we will be covering over the next couple of weeks are the fundamentals of coding , with help from our friends at code.org!

Here is what we have planned for the next 6 weeks. Check back each week when a new lesson with be available:

Lesson 1

Dance Party!

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Lesson 2

Programming with Angry Birds!

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Lesson 3

A.I. for Oceans

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Lesson 4

Minecraft Voyage Aquatic

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Lesson 5

Minecraft: A Hero's Journey

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Lesson 6

Variables - Variables with Artist

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are they?

The coding lessons are quick 15-minute videos created by Left that introduce fundamental computer science concepts to kids by walking them through some of the coding challenges from the CS Express course at code.org.

 

Who are these lessons good for:

The lessons are good for students in grade 3-7.

 

What do students need?

A computer or an iPad with an internet connection, that’s it!

Are the students expected to have done some kind of coding before?

Not at all, these exercises can be done by kids who may or may not have done coding in the past.

 

Do students need an account at code.org?

No, they do not need to create an account to try out the exercises.  The URL of the activity we will be working on for that week will be shared with the weekly lesson, and the student just needs to click on that link to go to the activity.

Note however that without an account, the student will not be able to save their progress or go back to the stage where they left off.  If you would like to create an account at code.org for your child, you can follow the detailed instructions that code.org has provided:  https://support.code.org/hc/en-us/articles/360040703792-Getting-your-child-set-up-on-Code-org-at-home

 

Are there more exercises that the student can go through if they want to explore more?

Absolutely!  Every week we will go through 1 coding fundamental and explain one coding activity that they can continue on their own.  However, there are more activities available at code.org if the student wishes to explore more on their own.  The additional exercises are available at: https://studio.code.org/s/express-2019

 

How many lessons will be shared?

We’re planning 6 video intro lessons over a period of 6 weeks:

  • Lesson 1: Dance Party! (Introduction to coding)
  • Lesson 2: Programming with Angry Birds! (Sequencing and Debugging)
  • Lesson 3: A.I. for Oceans (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)
  • Lesson 4: Minecraft Voyage Aquatic (Repeat Loops and ‘If’ statements)
  • Lesson 5: Minecraft: A Hero’s Journey (Functions)
  • Lesson 6: Flappy Code! (Events)

 

I have more questions that are not covered here, who can I ask?

Feel free to reach out to Saju Abraham at saju@left.io