Iron Yard offering coding classes for kids

By Liz Segrist
Published May 15, 2014

Local kids can try their hand at software programming through The Iron Yard in Mount Pleasant.

The students will build a Frogger-type video game on Scratch, an online program that lets users create interactive games, stories and animations and then share them with others in an online community.

The Iron Yard, which expanded from Greenville to Mount Pleasant earlier this year, is launching its first round of kids’ classes from its new hub near Shem Creek. It runs kids classes out of its Greenville and Spartanburg coding schools as well.

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The Iron Yard wants kids to have fun with the courses, as well as let them experience software programming, often for the first time, said Sally Kingston, campus director of The Iron Yard in Charleston.

“We want to let them see what it’s like and expose them to the idea of software programming as a potential career. Some may pursue that as a career and some may not, but we’re getting it out there for them,” Kingston said.

The Scratch Kids Academy has 15 spots available for kids ages 7 to 12. It will run from May 22 through June 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. one night a week.

Students need to get free tickets to participate in the class. They do not need to have any experience. They are required to attend every class and have their parents remain on-site during the class. They must bring a laptop that can connect to Wi-Fi and has a charger.

The Iron Yard also plans to launch some HTML and Arduino classes for older kids later this summer. From its Mount Pleasant location, The Iron Yard also runs its full-time coding school.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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