University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

CODE Resources

Recommended Coding, Robotics and STEM Learning Resources

These are products that we've used or plan to use in our CODE classes and courses and we recommend them to parents and educators.   They are web-based and cost-effective.   And many of the providers are offering discounts and special support for parents and educators during the school shutdown. 

If you have questions on any of these or others that you find, please contact me:   

Roxanne Jenner @ (814) 233-7894 or roxanne.jenner@pitt.edu.

LEGO Education – 40 years of reimagining the educational experience

  • Ready for the AI Revolution -  Why confidence in STEAM learning is key to career opportunities and readiness for students (link to video)

Ed Tech Tools and Reviews

For Educators

Codecademy Guide for Teachers, Students and Parents

CODESPARK ACADEMY FOR EDUCATORS, The best learn-to-code program for K-5 teachers! 

  • They are making their highly rated online Professional Development program FREE for all teachers globally.  Contact the company for instructions.
  • Platform is free with curriculum and dashboard -  https://codespark.com/educators

RoboCamp - Distance learning for robotics and coding lessons.

Tynker Coding for Kids - FREE access to premium coding courses during school closures!

TinkerCad - Tinkercad is a new way to teach core skills and abilities in the most fun and engaging ways

Code Avengers - Fun & Effective Online Learning. A better way to learn to build websites, apps, games, and more

CodaKid.com - ONLINE CODING FOR KIDS

  • I haven’t run across any offers for discounts during school closures, but you can request a quote or information here

LEGO Education Engineering and Robotics

Scratch - Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.  With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Code.org – Special page with resources to learn computer science when schools are closed

For Parents

Codecademy Guide for Teachers, Students and Parents

CODESPARK ACADEMY, A Great Way For Your Kid To Learn How To Code.

  • All students forced to stay home can now use codeSpark Academy for FREE. They’ve changed the way their classroom code system works to accommodate this. 
  • https://codespark.com/how-it-works

Tynker Coding for Kids - FREE access to premium coding courses during school closures!

TinkerCad - Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

Code Avengers - Fun & Effective Online Learning. A better way to learn to build websites, apps, games, and more

LEGO Education Engineering and Robotics

Scratch - Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.  With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

Code.org – Special page with resources to learn computer science when schools are closed

Explore STEM with kids and family