Summer Program

All of our classes are instructor-led and taught online this summer.

The Summer Program is from June 13th to August 8th. The classes are one week long, Monday to Friday, for half a day in the morning (9:00am-12:30pm) or half a day in the afternoon (1:30pm to 5:00pm) or 2 weeks long for 1 ½ hours per class. The 2-week programs are Scratch, MIT App Inventor, Minecraft and Roblox Studio.

Due to the popularity of the Online Daily Program, yet a third option is available during the summer.

Get $30 off for every two summer workshops that you sign up.

Summer

Don't see a time that works for you? Then email or call us at (408) 389-4231. If you can form a group of 3 or more students, ask to see if we can add a new class.


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Summer 2020 Workshops (1 or 2 weeks long)
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Summer 2020 Weekly Classes (Once-a-week courses)
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  1. Courses for younger students with little to no programming experience

    These are visual programming languages where you drag and drop blocks and connect them together to form your program. This is the best way to learn coding as it focuses on the logic, problem solving and critical thinking skills without getting hampered on typing and syntax. It provides quick feedback and results to encourage and keep your child engaged.

    Rather than taking the entire series in order, we encourage you to take a few classes of each category and then move up to the next level over the years. Otherwise, the abstraction and the math might require concepts that they may not have learned in school yet.

    • Scratch - Create your own animation, story or game using this very popular visual programming language by MIT. At WhizKidz, there are five courses with the first two covering the basics of coding. The next three are Scratch Games, Scratch and Math Puzzles, and Scratch Multiplayer Projects that pushes Scratch to its limits! These are intermediate level courses which can be taken in any order.
    • MIT App Inventor - Create Android mobile apps using the Blockly language created by Google. This is a five-course series that covers the programming fundamentals, the various sensors on your phone/tablet, and integration with different databases and storage. By the fourth or fifth course, we encourage your child to publish an app on the Play store!
    • Minecraft Modding with EpicMC Modly - Use the Blockly language to build Minecraft mods (short for modification) on WhizKidz's own unique platform that is open to the public! Build fancy structures with a single click. Give yourself superpowers. Create cool minigames or games inside of Minecraft. You will learn to think in 3D and to develop multiplayer games! The underlying language is JavaScript so you will be learning this language without realizing it!
    • LEGO robotics - There are two series of LEGO at WhizKidz. LEGO WeDo takes simple building and programming and blends it with science. LEGO EV3 is the gold standard for robotics for 9 to 14 years old. The LEGO EV3 courses provide the background necessary to compete in the wildly popular FLL (First LEGO League) tournaments held each year.
  2. Courses for students ready to learn a traditional programming language

    WhizKidz has an entire series of classes for each of these languages so you can work your way from the start to become an expert.

    • Web Dev (HTML/CSS/JavaScript) - Create dynamic web sites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. JavaScript is one of the most popular languages in use today. The Web Dev series consists of the two courses in HTML and CSS (Web Dev 1 and Web Dev 2) followed by three courses in JavaScript (JavaScript 1, 2 and 3).
    • Python - Python is used in the real-world for building test infrastructure, internal scripts, and standalone and web applications. It is also used by a number of high profile applications such as OpenStack, Dropbox and Blender. The Python series consists of two basic courses, Python Programming 1 and 2, also called Python Workshops during the summer, and then Intermediate Python 1, 2 and 3. Python is the leader in machine learning with its wealth of library support, having overtaken the R language. WhizKidz also has a mini-series on Python and Machine Learning.
    • Java - Java is one of the top languages used by enterprises for building large web applications and standalone applications. The AP Computer Science A exam, where you can earn college credits for passing this exam, is based on Java and object-oriented programming. The Java series consists of two basic courses, Java Programming 1 and 2, also called Java Workshops during the summer, and three intermediate courses named AP Java 1, 2 and 3. The name simply denotes that this series will cover all relevant topics included in the AP Computer Science exam. WhizKidz offers an AP Computer Science A Prep course dedicated to preparing you for the exam after you have completed the Java series.
    • PHP - PHP is by far, the most widely used language for building web sites, with a commanding lead of almost 80%! It is primarily what Facebook and Yahoo originally used to develop their web sites. The PHP series consists of five courses, Modern PHP Programming 1 and 2, and intermediate courses that cover MVC (Model-View-Controller) paradigm, integration with a relational database, and use of the #1 PHP framework called Laravel.
  3. Courses for students interested in robotics and electronics

    • Robotics - WhizKidz has a wide range of robotic courses that start at elementary school all the way up to high school. The series for these are LEGO WeDo, LEGO EV3, mBot, VEX EDR and even a DIY robot! See above for more information on the LEGO classes.
    • Raspberry Pi - Use this computer on a card to connect to the outside world with various sensors. This class primarily uses Python. Although knowing Python is definitely helpful, it is not a required prerequisite.
    • Arduino - Use this microcontroller to learn about electronics and connect to the outside world with various sensors. These courses use C to program the controller. Knowledge of C is not a prerequisite for these courses.

Drop Off and Pick Up Times

You can drop off your child 10 minutes before class starts and pick up no later than 10 minutes after class ends. If your child signs up for the morning and afternoon sessions, s/he can stay during the lunch period from 12:30 to 1:30. There is no extra charge for this. We also offer lunch at an extra cost, or your child can bring lunch if you are staying for the full day.

Where

All classes are held at our facility at 1072 S De Anza Blvd., Ste A201 (second floor) in San Jose unless otherwise noted.

Lesson Type

Our courses resemble a classroom-like setting except we guaranteed an 8:1 student/teacher ratio and typically, the class sizes are much smaller. This allows for personalized learning and individualized attention, yet they still have the opportunity to work, share and collaborate with others and make new friends.

If you prefer private lessons, check out our Tutoring/Private page for more information.

Equipment

We provide the computers for use in class, but you can optionally bring your own laptop. For some classes, there may be a material fee.

Food and Drinks

You can purchase lunch for the week or bring your own. If you enroll in both the morning and afternoon courses, your child should have a lunch. The lunch period is from 12:30 to 1:30. We provide water, although we recommend you to bring your own water bottle or drinks.

Food and drinks are not allowed in the computer rooms. The only exception is water, but it must be in a container that can be closed.

Fees

The cost of the course are listed below. If you want private lessons, see the Tutoring/Private page for more information. Some courses like Raspberry Pi and Arduino have a material fee. This is for purchasing equipment that you will be using in the course and is yours to keep. You can optionally purchase the equipment yourself.

Sign up for summer and get the registration fee waived (normally a $50 value)!

Expected Behavior

We reserve the right to dismiss a child from our classroom if they are causing excessive disruption in class. The child will be warned about their behavior and the parent will be notified first before this happens. There is no refund on the current course(s) if the child is dismissed. For any other future courses, the remaining balance will be refunded minus any credit card fees.

What If I Miss a Class?

Unfortunately if your child misses a class, there is no makeup class or credit. If your child will miss the entire course, then see the Cancellation Policy below.

Cancellation Policy

You can get a full refund if it is more than four weeks before the course start date minus any credit card fees if applicable. Otherwise, you will get credit to take any other course (adjusted for any cost difference) at another time within six months of the course start date. If you do not sign up before six months, you will forfeit the money you pay for the course.

How to Sign Up

Take a look at the courses below which are sorted by date and time. Click the course link to see more information about that course. Click the Add to Cart button to add to your shopping cart. For online payment, we accept VISA, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. You can also come into the office to pay by check, cash or credit card. If you have questions, please call us at (408) 320-4660. Have a happy summer!