OUR CODING CURRICULUM

Power Up Tech Academy offers a comprehensive and flexible elementary and middle school kids' coding curriculum. Kids can take a single course, or build professional level skills over years of study.

We are very proud of our curriculum, which is developed in-house and kid-tested. We are always updating it with new ideas, new projects and new courses to bring your child the very best coding education experience you can find anywhere.

For help with selecting the right class for your child, please call us at 773-382-0778 or book a free Mini-Lesson and Assessment.

CODING LEVELS

Pre
Early Coding

For kids ages 6-7, all reading levels welcome

Understand how computers think through coding projects in ScratchJr, along with games and activities. The third session transitions young coders to Scratch.

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1
Video Game Coding with Scratch

For kids ages 7+

Learn coding basics such as conditionals, variables, testing and more by using the Scratch language to make video games. Projects include classic game styles like mazes, space shooters, dodge and grab, and more.

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1.5
Advanced Scratch

For kids ages 7+

Continue working with Scratch to develop deeper coding skills and explore new types of games. This course will include more time for personal projects with instructor coaching and support.

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2
Mobile Apps

For kids 8+

Learn another coding language and start making real apps just like you use every day! We will use the camera, accelerometer, swipe gestures, text-to-speech and more on real smartphones.

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3
Text-Based Coding

For kids 9+, typing skills required

Explore two highly popular professional languages used worldwide in business and academics.

Take BOTH of, in either order:

4
Computer Science 101

For kids 11+

A full year survey class on what computers are and how they work.
Topics build up from 0’s and 1’s to understand how today’s computers can do complex things.
Approx 50% of time we do Python coding projects to further explore concepts.

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FLEXIBLE CHOICES

JUST A
TASTE
Kids who want to just try coding can register for any class which is age appropriate. It is not necessary to complete our entire curriculum to have fun, gain insight into how coding works and learn basic skills.

THE FULL MEAL DEAL
For kids who wish to complete our entire curriculum, we recommend one year (three sessions) per level, except for level 3 which will take two years because there are two languages to cover. This pace allows time to build strong skills and understanding through a wider variety of project experiences.

CUSTOM PATHS
Feel free to customize your child's coding learning! We are completely flexible and we will let you know if your child ends up in a level that doesn't suit them. Older beginners (age 10+) or kids with significant previous experience should consult with us for an accelerated path. We also offer private lessons, which may be used for customizing your child's curriculum path.

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