Welcome to the media page for the online and print magazine, Kids, Code, and Computer Science. The magazine helps kids, parents, teachers, and adults explore and learn about computer science, coding, and technology with as little fuss as possible.
About the Magazine
Have you heard: By 2020 we'll have more programming jobs than programmers! Everyone must learn to code!
Be skeptical. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) debunked the "STEM crisis" argument with a thorough look at the history of this argument. Garment rending over too few coders happens every few decades with little or no negative effects.
Kids, Code, and Computer Science magazine is a practical no hype way for parents, kids, and teachers to explore computer science, programming, and technology. The online magazine includes an exhaustive list of programming languages geared for kids, not only Scratch but also less visible options Kodu and Codea. The magazine includes general interest articles about computer science and DIY projects. Plus there's a growing list of summer tech camps from around the world.
The magazine presents computer science, programming, and technology in a way most people can understand and relate to their lives, whether or not they are technologists. While not everyone wants to be a programmer, we all need to learn enough to master technology.
Kids, Code, and Computer Science magazine published its first issue on August 1, 2013. The magazine started as HelpKidsCode.com, an online magazine, but changed names for the February 2015 issue, adding a print version. Magazine articles and interviews explore these computer science curriculum guidelines published by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA):
- Basics of programming and where to learn more
- Problem solving and collaboration
- Mathematical foundations of computing and computer science
- Computational thinking
- Recognizing and selecting computer devices
- Community, global, and ethical impacts of technology
Past issues have included interviews with Susan Kare who designed some of the original Mac icons, Ben Heck who creates fun electronics projects for Element14, Beth Rosenberg who created Tech Kids Unlimited to help train kids who learn differently so they can have fulfilling careers in technology, as well as teachers Patrice Gans, Krissy Venosdale, and Simon Haughton. Instead of interviewing celebrities, the magazine interviews people you might meet on the playground or at the store or office, people who use technology to do neat things and help others.
The magazine is supported by subscribers. There are no ads. Stories include links at the bottom of the page to encourage readers to explore a subject at their own pace. The magazine is published 6 months a year with double issues in June/July and December/January. The double issues focus on do-it-yourself projects for parents and kids to try during their school holidays.
The Resources pages and some number of articles each month are free to access. Other stories require a subscription.
The magazine covers the computer science and programming beat for teachers, parents, and kids. It is a general interest magazine and does not attempt to compete with vendors, for example, programming schools or curriculum providers. The magazine does not accept money for reviews, recommendations, or links on resource pages.
While the Kids, Code, and Computer Science magazine uses CSTA curriculum guidelines to develop content, there is no connection between the magazine and the CSTA.
The Magazine Audience
The Kids, Code, and Computer Science magazine has 5,000 plus followers on Facebook and 4,000 plus followers on Twitter.
Interestingly, the magazine’s Twitter followers are mostly teachers around the world, primarily from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore, and Africa. Magazine followers on Facebook are primarily parents with children, also from the same regions around the world. Both social media outlets include a number of people from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, France, Hungary, and other places.
Subscribers help determine story selection and issue themes. For example, one subscriber asked for information about building websites which led to a three part tutorial series. Another subscriber asked for links to help their kids, ages 4-8, learn computer science and programming. That request led to the September 2014 issue about how to teach these subjects to little kids.
About the Publisher
Tim Slavin is an award-winning writer and technologist who enjoys teaching tech to non-technical people. He has many years experience designing and building web sites and applications in business, technical, and creative roles. He and his wife have two kids, now teenagers, who are mad about video games.
The Kids, Code, and Computer Science magazine is his third effort to collect hard to find information and present it to readers since 1998. You can find his first effort, AboutWebs.com, on the Wayback machine online. Reach Customers Online extended the first site as a formal blog and magazine, published between 2002 and 2006. Both sites were created to help his staff and clients easily find information they needed to create websites and do online marketing.
An article on the Reach Customers Online magazine site about coding HTML email also led to authoring two Lynda.com training videos on the topic.
More information can be found at his LinkedIn page: http://linkedin.com/in/timslavin.
Reader and Subscriber Feedback
Here are some unsolicited comments from the first year of publication as HelpKidsCode.com:
“@helpkidscode OMG, you guys are whatever you call awesome times 3!!!!” Desmond Williams
“Wow! Python, Scratch, toys"¦ there’s some really great content in the September issue of @helpkidscode.” Phil Pickering
“@helpkidscode This is such an awesome article, thanks for sharing! And congratulations to @venspired for her amazing work in the classroom!” Skype Classroom
“@helpkidscode Brilliant! I am going to subscribe and encourage others as well! Thanks -> https://www.kidscodecs.com/resources/programming/python/ "¦” Anthony NystrÃ¶m
For more information, please contact:
Kids, Code, and Computer Science Magazine
About the Name Change to Kids, Code, and Computer Science Magazine
Samples: Resource Pages
Sample: How to Choose Your First Programming Language
Sample: Where to Begin to Teach Kids about Computer Science and Programming
Sample: My Adventures with Raspberry Pi
Sample: 1 and 0 (Binary Numbers Tutorial)
Sample: Happy Numbers
Tech Kids Unlimited
CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards
The STEM Crisis is a Myth
Debunking Myths About Highly-Skilled Immigration and the Global Race for Talent
Top story photo courtesy of donnieray on Flickr.