Jersey Coders is an on-island after-school coding club for teenagers, year 7+ (age 11+) The volunteer run club meets on a Wednesday evening in term time at the Hub.

Digital skills aren’t just about coding and there’s a great online site that’s been launched by the Duke of York. iDEA is all about learning and inspiring digital enterprise and youngsters can register for free and earn badges.

There are a huge number of coding courses/platforms and apps suitable for young learners and many of them are free. We’ve pulled together some of the best we’ve seen. The list isn’t exhaustive so if we’ve missed a great one let us know. Digital Jersey obviously doesn’t endorse these courses, but hopefully you can check them out, have some fun and learn to code:

Codecademy

Probably one of the best known with some FREE coding resources suitable for kids and adults. Codeademy covers: Making a website, learn Java, HTML & CSS, PHP, Python and many more.

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Bitsbox

a subscription service for kids aged 6 to 12 that teaches them how to code by sending a box of goodies through the post and they then create their own apps.

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KhanAcademy

Learn how to programme drawings, animations and games using JavaScript, or learn how to create webpages with HTML & CSS. There is also an introduction to SQL. FREE 

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Pluralsight

Teaching kids to programme in Scratch, HTML and also build apps with App Inventor or learn to programme games with Hopscotch. FREE

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Cargo-Bot

The first game programmed entirely on iPad. It’s a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates. FREE

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Botlogic

is an educational puzzle game that challenges kids and adults to tackle complex logic problems while teaching valuable programming concepts FREE

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Code Combat

Learning to code through gaming. Basic levels are FREE small charge for higher levels

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App Inventor

for Android MIT-created platform using visual blocks to create apps – a bit like scratch for app building. FREE

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Kids Ruby

Have fun making games or hacking your homework. Kids can learn Ruby programming. FREE 

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Scratch

A great basic introduction to the concepts of coding. FREE

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JS Dares

Learn JavaScript by making your own games FREE

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Hakitzu

Learn to code while battling robots – iPad/iPhone app FREE

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E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens)

is an online platform game that teaches kids to code and create on the web by encouraging them to hack into levels, written in HTML and CSS, in order to save kittens. FREE 

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Code Studio

has courses suitable for ages 4 to 18 giving computer science fundamentals and teaching how to make apps and use JavaScript and other languages, sometimes with the aid of cartoon characters and Minecraft.FREE

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Move the Turtle

For young kids to teach them basic programming skills and get them familiar with the notions of loops, procedures, variables etc. FREE for the iphone and iPad

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Kodu Game Lab

Lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. Teaches creativity, problem solving, storytelling and programming. FREE for the PC

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Thimble by Mozilla

Thimble is an online code editor that makes it easy to create and publish your own web pages while learning HTML, CSS & JavaScript. FREE

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Karel Jr Coding

This is a self-paced and self-graded course for those who have done Scratch. It teaches you to type and debut programmes in a fun and visual way. $50 a yr

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Kodable

Aimed at kids from age 5 and for the iPad. With resources for parents to support their child, learn the basics of all languages. One time purchase $29

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