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How to Choose the Right Summer Coding Camp for Your Child

Published on August 7, 2018 | Posted in ,  

RP4K is not like other camps, where a teenager is supervising a large group of kids playing soccer for 3 hours. RP4K is a camp that is unlike any other camp. An RP4K camp is an incredibly fun & practical camp. With a broad option of courses to select from. Our classes are set-up with small group sizes that never exceed more than 4 students per instructor. This ensures your child gets the proper attention for their course experience.

If you're thinking about sending your student to a summer coding camp, it's a great choice.  They'll have a lot of fun, and better yet, they'll be learning real-world skills that could easily turn into a career once they're out of school.  After all, if they like playing video games, they could easily discover that they like creating games even more.  Or they could go into STEM, and become the people programming the robots of the next generation.

However, there's been a boom in summer coding camps lately, and it can be hard to find one you can trust.  These are some of the signs a coding camp will be right for your child.


Four Things You Want in A Summer Coding Camp


1 - Long histories

Today, coding camps are becoming downright commonplace, with more entering the field every year.  But how many were around ten years ago?  Or even longer?  Those which have a long history of serving students year after year are almost always going to be a great choice.  They've proven themselves, while the upstarts haven't.


2 - Real world training

A lot of camps still rely on ancient "learning languages" such as Fortran, Pascal, or COBOL, which don't have much real-world applicability today.  These might be a starting point for the youngest of students, but a good summer coding camp should be teaching languages and engines such as Java, Python, Visual C# or C++, Unity, or Android programming.  These are skills that will still be in high demand after they graduate!


3 - Low student-to-teacher ratios

Learning how to code in a short amount of time requires a lot of face time between students and teachers.  You should be looking at camps that offer ratios of no more than 4:1 or 5:1 - and ideally, it should be even lower.  The more direct tutoring a student gets at coding camp, the better they're likely to perform.


4 - Passionate instructors

Teachers at a coding camp shouldn't be doing it just to have a summer job - they should love what they do and want to pass on that love of programming to the students.  Highly enthusiastic instructors make all the difference in helping push a student towards STEM work.


Real Programming for Kids (RP4K) Wants to Help Your Child Excel

Don't let your child sit on the couch all summer!  Instead, contact us to try a free coding class.

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