Think Ahead and Sandton iStore to host coding camps for kids. Photo: File
DURBAN - Think Ahead and the Sandton iStore have partnered to host coding camps for kids in school.

The coding camps will be held at the Sandton iStore called FutureSpace and it is targeted at three distinct groups. 

The groups are aimed at different coding levels and abilities including Grade 1 to 3, Grade 4 to 7 and Grade 8 to 10. 

The classes will run between the 13th and 31st of August 2018 cast between the cost of R350 and R700. 

The cost is dependent on the hours required, the degree of understanding and courses required. 

Some of the classes that will be available include App Development with Swift (Grade 4 to 7), GirlCodeFriday (Grade 4 to 7) and YouTube creators (Grade 8 to 10). 

Mike Notley, the Manager of Future Space said that there is a huge demand to teach young children coding. 

"The Think Ahead FutureSpace coding camps were launched because we saw the huge need and demand to teach children how to code so that they can be prepared for the world of work in the 21st century,"  Notley said. 

There are plans to take FutureSpace across the country. Notley said that they believe that every child from every walk of life should have the opportunity to learn how to code. 

They are also running a session to get adults involved in their kids' coding journey. 

The session is called Cupcakes and Coding where parents and kids can work together to solve puzzles using Sphero Robot. 

Notley said: "We have received numerous requests to run adult courses and it will definitely be something we consider in the near future". 

The cost of the camp includes refreshments and a certificate at the end. 

"It is important to teach children about coding while they are still in school because the software is becoming a critical layer of all our lives," said Notley. 

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