We love coding! We are an independent company founded by a Woolwich NJ resident with a passion to teach children how to code. We create our own courses with a goal of providing a glimpse into the computing field. Not only do we teach coding, we demonstrate “real world” applications of technology and do so in an environment that is ripe with learning opportunity and fun. Our objective is simple - we want to show the hidden educational value of making technology (read more).
Predicate Academy runs four "seasonal" sessions a year with classes that meet for 8-10 instructional hours (normally one hour a week). In addition to our seasonal sessions, we also offer a number of single class offerings that are a great way to learn about the power of creating with code or explore a new technical topic.
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Creativity Redefined! We know that creating things can be fun but the nuances of coding (and typing) can be a bit of a drag. Our gaming platform is the answer! A minimalist approach that enables our aspiring innovators to focus on the art of creativity while also driving home some of the core computer science concepts that provide a fun behind the scenes tour into the field.
We teach using the “tools of the trade”. Not only do our aspiring innovators see real-world applications of technology, they learn to code using the same tools as the pros!
There are no hard and fast rules for technology education. In broad terms, the computing industry is still in a relatively infantile stage. Teaching children to code, while largely identified as relevant and important in today’s age, lacks the formalities that we work expect to see from math or the hard sciences. As we’ve seen first hand, kids exposure to technology and coding varies greatly on an individual-by-individual basis.
Predicate Academy builds curriculum across three “learning tiers”. These tiers are largely split around suggested age with slightly differing learning objectives:
Adventures (ages 8-10 / 3-5 grade). Focus on teaching the fundamentals of coding and computational thinking. We emphasize coding syntax and structure. Applications and coding exercises are generally lighter in complexity and more demonstrative of the power of writing code. Some familiarity with the keyboard and mouse is expected.
Foundations (ages 10-12 / 5-7 grade). Focus on “real world” applications of technology. Aspiring innovators will see how technology is used and will learn the basics of coding through examples. Real world applications may introduce complex coding use cases and advanced programming language features. Command of the keyboard and mouse is expected as some programming problems will be typing intensive.
Journey (ages 12-15+ / 7-9+ grade). Journey builds on Foundations with a continued focus on “real world” application. Aspiring innovators that take Journey level courses will learn the importance of establishing a portfolio of coding artifacts that can be showcased as part of their mastery of skills. A coding portfolio can be used as part of a college admission package as well as a recruiting tool for future employment. Click here for a sample of our Journey projects.
There is no fix rule for movement between these learning tiers. As parents, we naturally want to challenge our children. All of these tiers will challenge everybody! Placement in a tier is largely based on technical and social maturity. Placement varies on a case-by-case basis – we have some 9 year olds that would be a great fit for Journey level classes.Enroll Today
Join us for an expedition through the jungles of writing code, working with electronics, talking computers, or even hacking Minecraft! Topics vary from time to time. Your child can take one or as many classes as they want! In each class they'll build an appreciation for the amazing things that can be done with writing code! No experience is necessary to register and we provide all the hardware if needed.
|Enroll||Click Ninja (Foundations, ages 10-12)||12/27 6:30-8:00pm||$35|
|Enroll||Click Ninja (Adventures, ages 8-10)||12/28 10-11:30am||$35|
|Enroll||Coding Emojis (Adventures, ages 8-10)||12/30 10-11:30pm||$35|
|Enroll||Coding Emojis (Foundations, ages 10-12)||12/30 12:30-2:00pm||$35|
|Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll notify you when new dates are available.|
Seasonal classes are open to all aspiring innovators who want to dig deep on a particular topic. All innovators in the seasonal program purchase a Predi-Kit Hardware Bundle - a computer kit that can also be utilized for coding at home! Click here for more information on the Predi-Kit.
Our Winter 2018 Season will run for ten weeks starting on Monday, January 8th. For convenience and scheduling purposes, our classes will meet on the following days. Please note that a class may not necessarily meet in consecutive weeks.
Monday: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
Tuesday: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20
Saturday: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
|FULL||Coding with Electronics (Adventures)||Sat 10:00 - 11:00||$280|
|FULL||Minecraft Mashup (Adventures)||Sat 11:00 - 12:00||$280|
|FULL||Python Gaming - Zombies (Foundations)||Mon 5:30 - 6:30||$280|
|Python Gaming - Zombies (Foundations)||Tue 5:30 - 6:30||$280|
|Python Gaming - Zombies (Foundations++)||Tue 6:30 - 7:30||$280|
|Python Gaming - Zombies (Journey)||Mon 6:30 - 7:30||$280|
|Python Gaming - Zombies (Journey)||Sat 9:00 - 10:00||$280|
|Note: The Foundations++ class will require strong typing skills. Please consult with Predicate prior to enrolling.|
Coding with Electronics (Adventures, ages 8-10) - New for Winter. This class will explore fun ways to learn about the powers of coding electronics. We'll have a number of fun projects that illustrate how to wire basic electronic circuits and then power those circuits with just a few lines of computer code. This class is a "must take" for any young innovator that likes working with their hands.
Minecraft Mashup (Adventures, ages 8-10) - We'll be teaching our youngest of innovators how to create basic mods in Minecraft (Raspberry Pi Edition) using the python programming language. The mods will literally inject a bunch of fun into what is already considered to be a favorite game for kids. Adventures Innovators will learn the basics of a text coding language, file management, and cause and effect. We will be encouraging peer collaboration as coding is best experienced (and learned) in small teams.
Python Gaming - Zombies (Foundations/Foundations++, ages 10-12 / Journey, ages 12+) - New for Winter. Let's create a game! This class will create a game operationally similar to Pacman but where cyber humans will need to survive a digital zombie apocalypse. The class will focus on some of the computer science fundamentals that are required for gaming - rendering a game board, graphics, competing against a computer adversary, keeping score, joystick inputs - but will leave the actual design of the game up to our innovators. Not a zombie fan? You'll get to create their own villans!
Loyalty Matters - sustained enrollments at Predicate are the lifeblood of our operation. We value your time and interest in our programs. Every student is automatically enrolled into our loyalty program that provides tuition credits for continued enrollment and new referrals. Our program is simple: earn one week for every registered seasonal class AND earn one week for every friend referral that registers for a seasonal class.
After 10 weeks of credits are in the bank, the tuition for the next class is on the house! You'll be responsible for any hardware costs (if required). Tuition credits can be pooled together in the same household, they do not expire, and there are no limits for earning.
Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions on enrolling @ Predicate.About Us
We are industry professionals who have a passion to teach! We created Predicate Academy to provide a platform for making advanced technology more accessible to youth. We see technology development as an art that is mastered with time. Much like learning a musical instrument, crafting a skill requires practice across varying applications and a mentor to provide encouragement and direction. As a platform, Predicate Academy provides a launching pad for students to obtain the breadth of computer science principals and practices, building lifelong skills that supersede trends and are applicable regardless of career path.
We are located at the Village Center (aka The Acme Shopping Center) on Center Square Drive in Logan Township. The Village Center is conveniently located right off I-295 exit 10. Our studio is on the second floor above Papa Luigi Pizza and across the hall from Burgundy and Brushes.
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