Code-it Hacks

95 Lavinia Ave Toronto, Ontario, M6S 3H9 Locations: Milton, Bloor West Village (view map)

Ages:
7 to 18 (Coed )
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Day Camp, Program, family
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Computer (multi)
Cost:
$150 to $2,400
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)

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Code-it Hacks
 

A technology school designed to train young people in grades SK-12 in Coding & Robotics. Based on the collaborative learning & design thinking paradigm, our Camps & Programs prepare students for the 21st century transferable skills while strengthening their technology acumen. Join Kids Code Club & Teens Code Club, where immagination is put to work to design, build & innovate.


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weekly or weekend class / kids programs
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Ages: 8 - 13
Computer (multi) $299 to $299
Robotics|Engineering|STEM|Video Game/Web Design|Technology|Computer programming
weekly or weekend class / kids programs
Coed
Ages: 8 - 13
Computer (multi) $299 to $299
Robotics|Engineering|STEM|Video Game/Web Design|Technology|Computer programming

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Other locations: Milton, Bloor West Village

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Shirin Merchant, Program Director & Founder

Kids studying Mathematics don't necessarily become Mathematicians. Same is true of any STEM discipline. 21st century demands that this generation is prepared and fully immersed in digital learning.  It does not matter what your child pursues as a career, the basic knowledge of coding, physical computing and the mindset of tinkering with technology is an absolute necessity of this century! Though CODING may seem foreign and weird to many young children and adults alike, embracing its quirkiness and making it fun is our mission. Kids must not worry about how difficult or easy it may be to acquire this skill. We only want children to bring their imaginations to the class. We want to them to share their their and the art of the possible without worrying about the mechanics. By the time they believe nothing is impossible we would have equipped them to this foreign world of computers and its wonderful possibilities. Working in groups as a team with a problem solving mindset, coding will merely be means to an end in their journey to thriving in the 21st century!

Check out our one of a kind collaborative Solution-focused, Technology STEM Summer Camps. Our full range of STEM camps offer engineering, robotics, circuitry and coding for ages 7 - 9 - the Explorers, ages 9 - 12 - the Masters and ages 12 - 17, the Innovators. 

I truly hope to see all Canadian kids leading the path with confidence on global stage in the digital innovation journey!

Give your children the opportunity of digital exposure. Join the code revolution with Code-it Hacks. Book a free no obligation trial class. 

Best Regards,

Shirin Merchant.


Stories & Testimonials

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PA day endless funexpand

My son just did a PA day with Code-it-Hacks and is hooked. He loved it and can't wait to do more.

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A drive for learning for Lisa's 9 & 5 year oldsexpand

"My 9 yr old daughter is completing her third session with Code It Hacks and absolutely loves it! She started never having coded before and quickly fell in love with coding. She loves how Shirin makes it fun and interactive. My younger daughter who is 5 attended a PA day camp and is so proud that she can now start coding too!"

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Learn how Shawn's daughter is hooked to Coding by getting one-on-one lessons!expand

My 9 year old daughter loves Code it Hacks. These computer skills are going to be key for her future. They have a one-on-one unique style of teaching the kids. Each child gets personalized attention and is able to move forward at their own rate. If you are looking for a great coding school Code it Hacks is your answer.

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Learn how Tory's daughter is learning to code and over come focus issues while having fun!expand

"My daughter attended code-it hacks for the first time in the fall. We had an amazing experience. She learned so much while having TONS of fun. We were all surprised at how much she was able to learn. I don't think she even knew that she was learning advanced math skills. Plus, my daughter usually struggles to focus for any length of time. Code-it Hacks manages to keep her attentive, focused, and on track. Plus, the kids "LIKE" to do their homework! We are about to sign up for the third session."

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My Love Affair with Codingexpand

It was June of 1986. I was 10 years old and was enjoying the beginning of summer break. School year was over and mangos were finally in season. Other than the excruciating heat of Karachi, Pakistan, nothing else could have spoiled my summer break that year.

My mother, due to her own struggles of convincing her in-laws to a right to education for herself, never let an opportunity pass by for me and my sisters. She would always enrol us in extra-curricular activities by managing to raise funds – by baking cakes, hosting Ikebana classes, etc.

That summer, the community centre was offering computer programming classes for kids and my mother enrolled me. Computers! Who wants to be locked up in a room all summer? But there was something that was hard to say no to. Since, the computers had to be kept cool, the rooms were air conditioned - a luxury we couldn't afford yet. So, I reluctantly agreed to participate.

It was a small, well-lit room with 6 computer stations. One of them was considered sacred – it had a coloured monitor unlike the green monitors of the other computers and we (the young kids) were never to go near it. It was the "Apple Macintosh Series II". Wow! It looked stunning - especially the rainbow half-eaten apple logo. The buzz was about the cool graphics it created.

Back at my green terminal, things were maybe not as cool but exciting nonetheless. We were introduced to the Logo programming language where we could make a Turtle do movements. Things were not as dull as I thought. The subsequent summer, I took up a programming language called "BASIC". Had fun with it for a while, even tried the contests. How could I not? The short-listed students would get a chance to go to Singapore to compete in the finals! Long story short, I did not make the cut but it was worth a try.

Fast forward six years, it was final year of high school and I was to go to North America to get my law degree and return to Pakistan to join my parents’ practice. The plan was to get a business degree and then a Juris doctor Law degree. Well, it has never been in my nature to follow rules!  I graduated in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. With the Y2K buzz and the hype surrounding Microsoft's certified software engineering certification, the field of computer science was very coveted. I took on the exciting challenge with no fear of coding. All thanks to the hot summer where I was exposed to coding!

In the final year of university, I was determined that I would not lock myself up and write code all day. I wanted to be a consultant, help customers solve real-life problems. And that is what I did - but by writing code any way!

Fast forward 16 years, in the higher echelons of the management layer now, I no longer write code but lead teams of coders to implement large systems and often am amazed at spotting good programmers from the bad ones. And it all boils down to the training. 

Last year, I had to quit the workforce due to personal reasons. While I dutifully attended to family and their needs during this tough time, I was left with a void. "I could never return to work" I thought over and over in my head. There is no such thing as working part-time in this field. There is no balance I thought. But I was wrong!

My 9-year-old daughter, who is passionate about creating animations and games herself, would not allow me train her to code the "right /easy way". While she is good at what she does, I so badly wanted to train her - and voila, that sparked an idea. In a perfect world, how would I want to train her? What techniques and methodologies would I use? And that is how "Code-it Hacks" was born – to teach students not just the coding languages but the ‘art of coding’ – with a deep focus on collaboration, design thinking, leadership skills and team building. 

No matter which way I go, coding is what I know and coding is what I do best! Whether I love to code so I could sit in an air-conditioned room, or do it because it is part of my career or do it to teach my daughter, it is my destiny and it remains an ever-lasting love affair!

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