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Coding for Kids For Dummies

An easy-to-grasp introduction to coding concepts for kids Coding For Kids For Dummies breaks coding into a series of small projects, each designed to teach elementary-to-middle-school-aged students a core concept to build a game, application, or other tool. In this his hands-on, friendly guide readers will get access to a leading coding tool that has been designed specifically for kids, showing them how to create the projects provided in the book as well as how to implement them into their own creative work. Written by a teacher and leading advocate of coding education, Coding For Kids For Dummies explains to kids in plain English how to apply the math and logic skills they already have to the subject of coding. In no time, they'll be grasping basic coding concepts, completing their very own technical feats, and arming themselves with the computer science experience and know-how to prepare for a future working with technology. Lay-flat binding allows for easy access as students work on projects Full-color, large-print design make the information more approachable to kids Kids interested in computer science get a competitive edge The author has dedicated her career to enhancing coding and other STEM education in schools If you're a student who wants to learn coding, a parent who wants to help your kid pursue an interest in coding, or a teacher who is in need of a supplemental course book for your computer science class, Coding For Kids For Dummies has you covered.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Week 1: Basic Drawing, Motion, and Text Handling 5 Project 0: Getting Started with Coding 7 Project 1: Ar t Toy 19 Project 2: Mini Golf 44 Project 3: Sketcher Etcher 71 Week 2: Motion, Animating Shapes, and Reacting to Input 89 Project 4: Horse Race 91 Project 5: Winter Wonderland 112 Project 6: Sports Vote 134 Week 3: Variables: Counting and Conditionals 149 Project 7: Happy Birthday 151 Project 8: Number Guessing Computer 168 Project 9: Monster Mashup 190 Week 4: Keyboard Control and Shooters 211 Project 10: Viral Outbreak 213 Project 11: UFO Pilot 230 Project 12: Squid Ink 255 Week 5: Advanced Coding 285 Project 13: Rock, Paper, Scissors 287 Project 14: Where's Wallace Walrus? 305 Project 15: Traffic Dodge 326 Index 353

About the Author

Camille McCue, PhD is a veteran STEM educator who has teletaught for NASA and PBS and instructed math, tech, and engineering in the classroom. She currently directs a College Bound program and teaches coding basics in Las Vegas, NV.


"..informative and easy to understand without feeling like it was condescending.." (Larger Family Life, August 2015) "Coding For Kids can be used as a source of ideas in its own right.." (Teach Secondary, November 2015) "It's worth getting the book because the project ideas are quite good... I found the projects not only interesting and innovative, but also with readable instructions!" (, January 2016)

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