Similar to a previous post around free online tools to encourage more kids to learn how to code, this is the results of some research I did last week into what “bricks-and-mortar” avenues exist for kids with a programming bent around Australia.  I’m sure I’ve missed lots of these, so please comment and help me fill in the gaps.  I’ve also included prices where available, but made no attempt to determine availability where places are limited.

Because these (generally) geo-centric, it makes sense to list them in that way.  I’ve repeated items where they apply across multiple states.

South Australia

  • Bubble Dome: Lots of coding-centric workshops (Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms) including a specific Python, Javascript one running in many cities.  $399/4 days.

Queensland

  • Bundaberg Library: School holidays Scratch programming classes.  Bookings needed.  Free.
  • Bubble Dome: Lots of coding-centric workshops (Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms) including a specific Python, Javascript one running in many cities.  $399/4 days.
  • Coderdojo.  The only Australian chapter of this global organisation providing free coding spaces for kids.

Victoria

  • Brainwaves:  Officially an organisation that focuses on “gifted” children, some of their programs include technology subjects including introduction to coding.
  • Academy of Interactive Entertainment: School holiday courses in Game Programming. $240/2 days.
  • Bubble Dome: Lots of coding-centric workshops (Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms) including a specific Python, Javascript one running in many cities.  $399/4 days.
  • Club Engineer: Offering introductory Scratch and more advanced Windows programming courses.  $50/hour/student for 10 hours over a week.
  • Robotics Club: Not surprisingly given the name, a bunch of robotics’ related camps.  Various prices/lengths.
  • Invent The World: Raspberry PI and Minecraft-based programming workshops.  $175 to $450 depending on the course.

New South Wales

  • Academy of Interactive Entertainment: School holiday courses in Game Programming. $240/2 days.
  • Code Camp: Short IOS (e.g., iPhone, iPad) coding courses for a wide range of ages (kinder -> year 12).   Prices range from $230 – $390.  No equipment needed.
  • Bubble Dome: Lots of coding-centric workshops (Minecraft, Lego Mindstorms) including a specific Python, Javascript one running in many cities.  $399/4 days.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Brainwaves:  Officially an organisation that focuses on “gifted” children, some of their programs include technology subjects including introduction to coding.
  • Academy of Interactive Entertainment: School holiday courses in Game Programming. $240/2 days.
  • Code Cadets: A dedicated coding community within Canberra Grammar.
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