Apple Offers Free Kids' Coding Classes

Apple Offers Free Kids' Coding Classes
The company has unveiled a range of initiatives to help children learn to write apps for Apple hardware.

(CCM) — Apple hopes to unleash a new wave of young app programmers by offering free "Hour of Code" lessons at thousands of Apple Stores around the world, Techcrunch is reporting.

The hour-long sessions will be held during the first two weeks of December and will aim to teach young people core coding concepts, according to the report. Students ages 12 and over will be taught the basics of programming using an educational app called Swift Playgrounds, while those aged 6 to 12 will be able to program robots to get started with coding.

Apple has also launched new teaching materials for teachers who want to help young people learn to code. The Hour of Code Facilitator Guide, which is aimed at students from K through 12, helps teachers host learning sessions where young people learn to use Swift Playgrounds and other iPad apps, the report says.

The company has also unveiled a Swift Coding Club kit which provides materials for teachers who want to set up their own coding clubs to use in their schools. The kit is targeted at children over 7 and aims to enable them to collaborate, prototype, and learn to code an app in Apple's Swift language.

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