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What Can Kids Learn from Video Games?

Published on March 30, 2020 | Posted in  

Parents have a lot to worry about when it comes to raising their kids and setting them on the right path. Whether it’s what they eat, their hobbies, how well they do in school, among others, there are tons of concerns on the minds of parents, and video games are one of them.

There are some parents who might be concerned that video games aren’t good for their children, especially with some recent media coverage that suggests they can invoke violent tendencies. But recent studies have shown that there is actually no link between playing violent video games and aggression in adolescents. In fact, picking up gaming as a hobby can have many benefits for children – as long as they’re not spending too much time with it, as is the case for most things in life (a healthy balance is key).

Playing video games can:

  • Encourage and inspire creativity
  • Improve hand-eye coordination
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Foster patience and resilience
  • Provide a way for kids to make friends

If you’re a parent who is worried about their child’s gaming hobby, then you’ve come to the right place. Hopefully the list above has made you feel better knowing that playing games has its benefits, but we’re also here to tell you that there’s even more potential to unlock with this interest.

At Real Programming 4 Kids we teach video game programming for kids ages 7 to 18 where students learn how to make video games using math and coding. If your child loves gaming, this is the perfect opportunity for them to learn how games are created, and hopefully even inspire them to create their own.

Open Up Career Paths

In our beginner classes for video game programming students in learn the fundamentals of coding and then move on to more advanced coding techniques. All game development requires math, which is why our courses also teach math concepts like counting of integers, 3D vectors, and trigonometry. It’s like having a hidden math lesson where your kid is too distracted having fun playing around with video games to notice!

Learning how to code can open up a variety of career paths for your child in the future. In fact, the skillset of a programmer can be applied to any field, and one could even end up working for a non-technology company. Not only is this because programmers are great at problem solving and working with data, but also because technology exists everywhere in our modern world.

There will never likely be a shortage on the demand for programmers and software developers. Meaning that when you sign up your kid for coding classes it’s not just so that they can work towards a career as a video game developer (though this is completely possible if they wish). Instead of putting them on a single path, you are in fact diversifying their options and giving them a skill set that can be applied to multiple facets of their life.

Benefits of Learning to Code

Expanding on what we discussed above, there are other advantages of kids learning to code besides future career opportunities.

  • Coding is another language, and learning it helps to strengthen both verbal and written communication
  • Helps kids understand how technology operates
  • Promotes logical thinking
  • Fosters experimentation and creativity
  • Children who know how to code are better at organizing their thoughts and tend to perform better academically
  • Promotes confidence, persistence, and resilience

Doubtful that your kids can get these kinds of benefits from one of our classes? Check out this testimonial one of our students’ parents:

I am writing to you to let you know what a difference Real programming has made for my son and our family. Our son Leonardo has had difficulty in school since the early years. While school helped with the literacy, his math skills suffered tremendously. One day my husband [saw] your advertisement in the newspaper about designing video games and learning math. The program sparked our interest. Leonardo certainly loved to play video games and designing them sounded great. Four courses later, I can’t believe the difference.

If someone [asks] me, “What can Real programming do for my child”, I’d have to answer

  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved math and keyboarding skills
  • Development of computer programming skills
  • Development of problem solving skills
  • Improved family relationships
  • Improved social skills
  • And the list goes on…

This parent also notes that they are less frustrated now about their child playing video games, because he is now engaging with them from a programmer’s perspective who analyzes the game design. As you can see, being part of Real Programming 4 Kids and learning to code has had a great benefit to their whole family – not only for Leonardo. We’re so happy to share these kinds of stories and know that we are making such a big difference in these kids’ lives!

Coding Classes at RP4K

Coding Classes at RP4K

We offer both School Season Coding Classes for Kids as well as Sumer Coding Camp for Kids.

School Season Coding Classes

  • Kids meet once a week on weeknights or Saturdays
  • Sessions are 1 to 2 hours long
  • Offer a Core Program (18 weeks) and Enhanced Program (27 weeks)


Sumer Coding Camp for Kids

Registration is now available with discounts on 2020 Summer Camps during June, July, and August!

Options for class times are as follows.

Introductory and Beginner Programs

Half Day programs (1 course):

  • 9 AM – 12 PM
  • 1 PM – 4 PM

Full-Day programs (2 courses):

  • 9 AM – 12 PM first course
  • 12 PM – 1 PM lunch
  • 1 PM – 4 PM second course

Note: All beginner and introductory programs are 1 week only.

Developing, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite Programs

Half-Day programs (1 course):

  • 1 course 2 weeks:
    • Morning Session: 9 AM – 12 PM
    • Afternoon Session: 1 PM – 4 PM

Full-Day programs (1 course or 2 courses):

  • 1 course 1 week – Full-Day camp:
    • Morning Session: 9 AM – 12 PM
    • 12 PM – 1 PM lunch
    • Afternoon Session: 1 PM – 4 PM
  • 2 courses 2 weeks – Full-Day camps:
    • 9 AM – 12 PM first course
    • 12 PM – 1 PM lunch
    • 1 PM – 4 PM second course

Please read our guide to video game programming for kids if you’d like to learn more.

Free Trial Class

If you’re not certain that your child will be interested in signing up for a coding camp, then you can contact us to schedule a free, no obligation assessment class. During this class, one of our top instructors will give your child a window into the problem solving and math involved, all while working on a real video game.

Both you and your child will get a chance to learn more about us and find out whether or not it’s something you’d like to commit to long-term. The instructor will also be using this opportunity to get to know your child better. They’ll use what they learned to write up a report for you recommending the most suitable course for your child.

For example, if your child is comfortable with using computers and already knows a few fundamentals, they may be more suited for our intermediate game programing for kids instead of the beginner course.

It’s a great opportunity, and we encourage you to give it a try if you are on the fence about signing up for our Summer Coding Camps! If you don’t like what you see, there’s no obligation to sign up, but we are confident that your kid will have fun and want to join the RP4K community.

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