Computer Programming

Our proprietary curriculum is developed by industry and domain experts investing hundreds of hours in research and development to create the best technology program for your child.

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Winter Schedule

Starting in January. No contracts, cancel anytime. All classes are virtual.

L1: Foundations in Robotics with mBots & VexVR

Pre-requisite: None

​Grades: 1st - 2nd

​Thursdays 6:40PM - 7:40PM

Jan 2023 - Mar 2023 (12 weeks)
  • A curriculum specifically designed for our youngest technology leaders to introduce them to fundamentals of robotics using mBots and VexVR.
  • Program mBots to avoid obstacles, do custom navigations and movements.
  • Program VexVR to run through virtual simulations and utilize color, distance, and touch sensors.
  • Using a simple programming interface, students learn loops, conditional statements and simple algorithms to code these robots to complete numerous tasks with individual creativity.
  • Students learn about the nuances and challenges when code interacts with machines and develop the skills of iterative testing to ensure machines work as desired.

L2: Intermediate Robotics with Lego Mindstorms

Pre-requisite: None

​Grades: 3rd - 5th

​Monday 6:40PM - 7:40PM

Jan 2023 - Mar 2023 (12 weeks)
  • Students learn fundamentals of robotics as they program multiple sensors and motors to solve many logical challenges using the Lego EV3 Mindstorm.
  • They learn about the nuances of code interacting with physical machines while anticipating and managing associated imperfections
  • Students solve many creative challenges including a final project that they present to a group of peers and parents.

L3: Electronic Circuits Design and Programming with C

Pre-requisite: 6+ months of prior programming experience or Grades 5 and above

Min ​Grade: 4th+

Friday 5:30PM

Jan 2023 - Mar 2023 (10 weeks)
  • Students take a giant leap in the world of Coding into programming Arduino based circuits with the language C.
  • Use breadboards and integrate LEDs, digital displays, photo-resistors, switches, temperature sensors and more to program electronic circuits and working simulations of practical consumer electronics.
  • Students learn about Anodes, Cathodes, Analog signals, Digital Signals and using signals as triggers using code.

L4: Game and Animation Development in Python

Pre-requisite: 12 months of prior programming experience OR Grades 6 and higher

Min Grade: 5th

​Tuesday 6:40PM - 7:40PM OR Wednesday 6:40PM - 7:40PM

Jan 2023 - Mar 2023 (12 weeks)
  • Campers will start their journey on one of the most prolific computer programming platforms that are used by professionals in many industries as they design many graphic games and applications.
  • This is a beginner friendly camp for students in rising grades 6 and up, but also suitable for rising 5th graders with prior programming experience.
  • Starting with simple animations, they will gradually progress into coding multiple games in Python

L5-F: JAVA Fundamentals - Visual Applications with JavaFX (High School appropriate)

Pre-requisite: 24 months of prior programming experience OR Grades 8 and higher

Min Grade: 6th

Tuesdays 6:40PM - 7:40PM OR Saturday 4PM - 5PM

Sep 2022 - Feb 2023 (22 weeks) ** Registration CLOSED **
  • This unique program will start with the basics of JAVA and object oriented programming while building visual applications and games.
  • Program pacing will be very comfortable for middle and high schoolers with prior exposure to coding.
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of object oriented programming, algorithms, basic data structures and more as they take their first major leap into the world of computer science.
  • No prior experience with JAVA required, but students preferred to have at least 24 months of prior programming experience including exposure to a native language platform like JavaScript, C, C-Sharp etc or students have to be in Grades 8 or higher.

L5-C: JAVA Fundamentals - Algorithms, Data Structures (High School Appropriate)

Pre-requisite: 24 months of prior programming experience OR Grades 9 and higher

Min Grade: 6th

Saturday 4PM - 5:30PM

Sep 2022 - Feb 2023 (22 weeks) ** Registration CLOSED **
  • This unique program will start with the basics of JAVA and cover content of AP Computer Science courses of high school, but in much greater depth and breadth.
  • Program pacing will be very comfortable for middle and high schoolers with prior exposure to coding.
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of object oriented programming, algorithms, basic data structures and more as they take their first major leap into the world of computer science.
  • Program flow (guideline):
    • Fundamental data types
    • Simple and nested loops
    • Array manipulation
    • Functions
    • Simple classes and inheritance
    • Simple algorithms
    • Array lists
    • Advanced nested loops
    • Advanced functions including recursive functions
    • Complex classes and inheritance
    • Advanced data structures - Trees
  • Advanced algorithms
  • No prior experience with JAVA required, but students preferred to have at least 24 months of prior programming experience including exposure to a native language platform like JavaScript, C, C-Sharp etc or students have to be in Grades 9 or higher.
  • This is the precursor to our course on Competitive Programming - USACO Bronze.

L6: Data Science Track:  Data Analysis and Visualization in R (Read more HERE) (High School appropriate)

Pre-requisite: 24 months of prior programming experience OR Grades 8 and higher

Min Grade: 6th

Saturdays 4PM - 5PM. Starting Jan 7th.

Jan 2023 - May 2023 (18 weeks)
  • Data Science is one of the hottest jobs family of this century and has application in every industry. R is one of the most popular data analysis and visualization tools used by college students and industry professionals.
  • This program is designed with a comfortable pace for middle and high school students to learn the R platform and Microsoft Excel in data analysis applications.
  • Students use R to visualize, analyze and generate insights including simple statistical observations.
  • Part of the year long data science course. This course will be followed by Data Analysis in Python, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Python.
  • While not mandatory, Students would benefit most if they have at least 12 months of prior Coding experience in some native language (C, C#, C++, JavaScript, JAVA, etc)

L7: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Python

Pre-requisite: 24 months of prior programming experience OR Grades 8 and higher

Min Grade: 6th

Open Slot (time will be finalized based on group availability after registration)

Jan 2023 - May 2023 (16 weeks)
  • Python is one of the most popular data analysis and visualization tools used by college students and industry professionals.
  • Program is designed with a comfortable pace for middle and high school students to learn the application of the Python platform in simple to intermediate Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Students will learn how to read structured and unstructured data into a Python platform, massaging and manipulating the data, and building statistical models for prediction.
  • Students will build Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning models on Handwriting recognition, Image recognition, and more!!
  • Ideal for students who have taken some coding classes prior and are ready to experience professional level Data Science platforms. Prior knowledge of the Python programming platform is required.

Coding Levels

Your child will go beyond coding and become a better Creative Thinker, Planner, and Problem Solver in the world of Technology!

The genesis of our curriculum and classroom methodology, stems from an objective of developing problem solving and creative thinking aptitude in our students.

Our goal is to instill in students the strategies and confidence to embrace any new technology platform and innovate by conceptualizing ideas, coding them and solving through problems as they emerge.

our approach

Learning HOW TO CODE is not hard at all for kids these days. In fact, if you are just looking for your child to learn to code, we would not advise you to spend money on any workshop or program. There are plenty of free resources available online that will teach your child some coding in less than a month.

Why then, you may ask, do we offer such a prolific technology program here at Thinking Feet?

At Thinking Feet, we do not believe in spoon feeding code - we do not simply tell students what to do. Many programs take that approach but then your child is essentially learning how to follow instructions in technology.
At Thinking Feet, we do hold their hands in the early learning stages but very soon we let our students lead the way through a unique classroom methodology that fosters brainstorming, creative thinking and Technology Leadership.

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Our students learn to take risks & chances, and embrace failure along the way to learning and success. This has implications beyond just technology enrichment. This journey of coaching and development takes time, which is why our programs span 8 - 12 weeks per unit. To meet this objective, we develop our own curriculum...none of the available online curriculum (free or paid) come even close to what we offer.

What do our classrooms look like?

In our classrooms, you will find a lot of student participation, diverse sets of ideas and thoughts flying all across. Students will experiment, make mistakes and learn as they go through their coding journey. The energy is palpable.

Students learn as much if not more from each other's creative thoughts, as they do from the coach.

Pricing (per 4 weeks):
Levels 1 - 5: $135
Levels 6, 7: $200

 

Thinking Feet’s main learning center is located in the Ballantyne area in Mecklenburg county. We are just minutes away from nearby Blakeney, Weddington, Marvin, Waxhaw, Pineville, Matthews, Wesley Chapel, Piper Glen and Fort Mill, SC.​​