This is part of a short series highlighting some free web based tools that can help teach kids to code.
Made with Code is a free resource from Google that is primarily aimed at getting young women excited about learning to code and close the gender gap in the tech industry. The idea behind it is to show girls that the things they love, from apps on their smartphones to their favorite movies are made with code, and they can apply the skills they learn to their own individual passions. Although primarily aimed at girls it is a pretty good resource for boys as well!
There are some lovely simple projects built into the web resource such as designing an LED Dress (good into to the Internet of Things), Animating digital characters and a ‘selfie’ Accessoriser. All of the projects use a visual programming language and the resource provides a pretty good introduction to tools / resources like Scratch, Code.org or Code Academy.
One of the best things about the website are the case study videos – they are beautifully shot and simply just inspiring.