A learn-to-code software for kids ages 8-18

A web-based educational software where kids can learn to make websites, video games, apps, animations, programs and more!

Coding tutorials and activities to teach coding concepts such as “Code a Snowman,” “The Ultimate Fangirl Website,” and  “Animate Your Name.” Coders build real-world portfolios as they go.

Coding portfolio projects where coders build real websites, video games, apps, animations, and programs. Examples: “Side Hustle Website,” Moon Launch Game.” and “Build a Rock Band.”

Coding languages, platforms, and devices included in Prenda’s platform including Scratch, HTML, CSS, SQL, Javascript, Python, Sphero, Ozobot, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey

Every subscription includes

Unlimited Users

We are on a mission to change lives through computer programming education. With that in mind we include unlimited users with every subscription. 

Unlimited Access

Every user will have access to 100% of our curriculum, which is quite a bit! Through our tutorials and projects, coders will have plenty to do for years to come. 

Software Features

A Self-Guided Learn to Code Platform for Kids

Our web-based software application allows kids to go at their own pace and work on topics that are interesting to them as they learn computer programming. 

Through numerous tutorials and projects, kids gain the skills necessary to build websites, video games, apps, animations, programs, and more.

A Gamified Experience

Our learn to code platform incorporates recent developments in understanding how kids learn in gamified settings.

As coders complete activities in our platform, they unlock new gear and items that can be used to customize their avatar. 

Project Based Learning

We are huge believers in project based learning. This is where the real learning happens. This is the opportunity for coders to use their own creativity to build real websites, video games, apps, programs, and animations as a part of their learning journey. 

Our platform includes dozens of project outlines for coders to work from. Not only will these contribute greatly to their learning experience, but these end up functioning like a portfolio that coders can take with them to display their competency in the real world.

Prenda’s Curriculum

In the web track coders will learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Web Design, and SQL. It won’t be long before they’re making full blown websites and web apps with actions, databases, and great design.

In the games track coders learn the ins and outs of video games by building projects in platforms like Scratch, App Lab, & Bitsbox. They learn concepts like motions, events, scenes, characters, story, and more. More advanced coders will learn how JavaScript can be utilized in this arena.

 

 

 

Scripting, sometimes called “back-end” coding, is the magic part of coding. It’s what makes stuff happen. JavaScript and Python are two of the most popular scripting languages out there, and those are the two we focus on in our software.

Sphero makes several codable robots. These are both fun and powerful. They come equipped with sensors, colored lights, and motors. The real appeal to Spheros in our code clubs is that coders can now control something in the real world with code. If you can’t imagine, this is an amazing experience for a learner.

Ozobot makes a robot called Evo that is very cool. Though they’re only about the size a golf ball, they pack quite a punch in terms of what you can get them to do through code. 

 

Makey Makeys are invention kits for the 21st century. They enable you to turn anything that conducts electricity into a codable object. As a result, virtually anything is possible. We have some fun and engaging curriculum around this wonderful maker device.

Raspberry Pis are computers that fit in your hand. They run a version of Linux, and come stock with learn-to-code software. Our curriculum incorporates the Raspberry Pi along with a Starter Kit of accessories that will be blast to interact with. Did we mention you can code Minecraft with a Raspberry Pi? 

Sample Curriculum

Curious what some our curriculum is like? Try a couple of our activities below. (Note: this curriculum is for sample purposes only, and does not include the full experience of our software platform.)

Try Scratch

Change this simple game to make it fun.

  • In the “Sprites” section on the bottom right, click on the blue “hero” rectangle.
  • Then go to the top left and click on “Costumes.”
  • At the very bottom of the Costumes section, click on the blue cat icon to choose a different hero character from the costume library.
  • Now do the same thing with the red “villain” and the green “projectile.”

Click the green flag to play your own personal game! Use the up and down arrows to control the hero and avoid the projectile.

Click the link below to begin:

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/149666543/#editor

Try HTML
We made a simple website that you can change to make your own version. Look through the code, and everywhere you see “YOUR TURN” just follow the instructions. Watch this video if you need help.
 
Click the link below to begin:

http://codepen.io/krsmith35/pen/JWaLwW

Admin Features

Admin Dashboard

Our Admin Dashboard makes providing a learn to code e-resource easy for any library staff. Keep things organized at the individual library level, all the way up to the consortium or system level. The Admin Dashnoard is homebase for everything an administrator would need to do.

Run custom reports, reset coder’s passwords, or even use the special features just for running code clubs.

Reporting Features

 Reporting is important for libraries, so it’s important to us. We’ve built the best-in-class reporting dashboard for libraries. Run reports with custom date ranges, filter by library location, and have access to meaningful statistics such as:

  • Total coders
  • Total logins
  • Time spent on platform
  • Coding activities completed
  • Gender
  • Age
  • And more!

Password Reset

Kids forget passwords. It’s a fact of life. When a user comes to the front desk or calls in to the library, your library staff will be fully equipped to help them reset their password with just a couple clicks. This feature elimates the friction from 90% of all requests from patrons for help.