Youth Digital Online Computer Science Classes

April 17, 2014
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Content: Computer Science
Grade(s): 3rd – 9th
Perspective: Secular
Parent Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $$$$ || ? info
Updated Review: 05/17/2014

From Youth Digital’s website:

The software programs that we teach are stepping-stones towards professional-level tools. We select programs that are neither oversimplified nor overly complex. This allows students to quickly grasp the software and experience digital design before spending thousands on software. By choosing stepping stone software, we equip our students with the prerequisite knowledge and skills that will best poise them to pursue their passions at a professional level.

Students will login and work through 12 consecutive modules. Each module begins with engaging videos introducing the topic, and explaining the concept. During each video lesson students will be prompted to work on their own game and then return to the video for more instruction. After completing a lesson, students will answer questions meant to reinforce what they have learned. After completing all the lessons in a module students will take a final quiz, and then tackle the programming troubleshooting challenge before moving on to the next module! In the first module, they will begin with a blank screen, and upon finishing the course they will have made a complete game or app!

All online classes have been developed and refined from the in-person classes that we teach at our studio in Durham, North Carolina.

Course subscription generally include ~30+ hours of interactive lessons; live support from teachers; extra challenges; and bonus material.

Youth Digital offers semester-long courses. Families must register in advance. Course selection varies by semester, but may include:

  • Mod Design
  • Game Design
  • 3D Game Design
  • App Design
  • 3D Animation
  • 3D Printing & Modeling
  • And others

About Youth Digital:
Youth Digital was founded in 2010 by Justin Richards, and has since educated and encouraged over five thousand young developers through our technology classes designed for students eight and up. Prior to Youth Digital, Justin had taught technology to children in inner-city St. Louis and helped set up technology classes in Romanian orphanages. Youth Digital is based in Durham, North Carolina.

Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Youth Digital Mod Design 1? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.


One Comment

  • Catharine Alvarez April 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    My 11 year old loved the Mod Design 1 class and learned a lot about game design and java programming in the process. It has opened up Minecraft to new levels of creativity for him. On the downside, the instructors were not responsive to any questions that went beyond the limited topics they covered in the class. That was a bit disappointing, but maybe an unrealistic expectation on my son’s part. They were very good at helping us debug early on and get everything up and running.

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