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App Development with JavaScript: Infinite Runner

App Development with JavaScript: Infinite Runner

Spring 2017 Software
Ages: 9 - 15 yrs.
Producer: CodaKid
Price: $249.99

The Infinite Runner is a JavaScript programming training course designed for children ages 9 -15. It consists of over forty video lessons beginning with the first line of code and ending with publishing a completed mobile game. The videos provide step-by-step, line-by-line instructions on how to write basic JavaScript. The lessons teach children the basic vocabulary and concepts in a hands-on, practical manner so they can complete the program's thirty-five projects. For example, children learn about variables, functions, assets, syntax, and so forth. And, they write JavaScript along with the video lessons; if they make mistakes (e.g., misplacing a letter or semi-colon), a small warning appears so they can be corrected. Marshall, the enthusiastic and kid-friendly course instructor, speaks somewhat quickly, but the lessons themselves are straightforward and relatively easy to follow. Some lessons may require additional viewing or repeated practice; but children (and parents) can spend as much time as they need reviewing the respective video lesson. The one-year subscription ($249.99) also includes email access to instructors for any questions or difficulties that may arise while creating the game. In addition to teaching JavaScript programming, the lessons hone problem-solving, analytical thinking, and patience.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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