Students learn how classic games work and create their own version of some old favorites.
New games, goals, and challenges are presented to students each day to keep them engaged and excited.
We recommend students pack lunch but our team provides healthy snacks and water during code breaks for our hungry learners.
Students get multiple opportunities to work with friends and learn skills that allow them to work together efficiently and achieve mutual goals.
Students can keep adding to their projects or just play the games they made for fun using the Code Naturally app.
Camp is only $69.99 per day with more savings for each day that you’re signed up.
They’re experienced, love programming, and know how to get your student excited about Computer Science.
Hometown: Santa Cruz
Favorite Hobbies: Playing Guitar & Coding
Favorite Animal: Maltipoo dog
Favorite Food: Tacos
Why do you love teaching kids to code? They’re super creative and I love seeing what they’ll make. They also ask the best questions!
Hometown: Los Altos
Favorite Hobbies: photography, graphic design, and going to the beach.
Favorite Video Game: Tetris
Why do you love teaching kids to code? I like seeing their projects progress and get more complicated as they learn.
Hometown: Santa Cruz
Favorite Hobbies: Soccer & Going to the Beach
Favorite Video Game: Legend of Zelda
Why do you love teaching kids to code? I love that while I’m teaching code I’m able to learn along with the kids as they work on new projects.
Hometown: Missoula, Montana
Favorite Hobbies: Mountain Biking
Favorite Animal: Tetra Fish
Favorite Food: Curry
Why do you love teaching kids to code? It’s awesome to help students realize their ideas while teaching them to create through a new medium.
Hometown: Santa Cruz
Favorite Hobbies: Playing Piano & Coding
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite Food: Kimbap
Why do you love teaching kids to code? I love working with kids because of their endless imaginations and teaching them to code allows them to make their imagination a reality.
Hometown: Moreno Valley, California
Favorite Hobbies: Skateboarding
Favorite Animal: Bengal Tiger
Why do you love teaching kids to code? They’re curious and have great ideas for games, animations, and all kinds of projects. It’s great to see students learn and apply concepts that I once struggled with.
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Let us know if we missed anything or if you have question you’d like us to add to our FAQ!
Q: What is Code Naturally?
A: Code Naturally is a Santa Cruz-based startup building software, curriculum, and dynamic approaches to get students excited about math and programming. The company was founded in 2015 by a group of friends that entered a business competition during their senior year at UC Santa Cruz. The idea was to build an app that would allow students to handwrite code, convert to text and run it all in the same screen. It was inspired by sitting in college lectures in which CS professors would handwrite code, explain it, and then type it into their computers. They won $2,000 from the competition and used the money to incorporate. This pushed them to build the application they had outlined. By Fall 2015, the app was in working order.
Q: Why teach kids how to code?
A: Code Naturally is focused on teaching 3rd-8th graders because studies show that students lose interest in math in 7th-8th grade when concepts become more abstract. The Code Naturally team has seen that students gain a more concrete grasp of math concepts if they can see them applied and visualize them with code.
Q: What do the students learn at Code Naturally?
Students also learn how to plan the projects they build in Code Naturally. The class requires them to set definite goals and break up complicated project ideas into discrete and completable steps before writing any code. This is a skill that can be applied in all fields of study and it is often not taught in school.
Through Code Naturally, students are continuously learning how to collaborate, respect others and problem solve—valuable and foundational skills for life.
Q: How can programs like Code Naturally create social change?
A: Code Naturally builds a passion for children to learn applied STEM concepts early on in their elementary and middle school education. This allows students to gain basic training and build confidence in themselves as an engineer, programmer and problem solver. Learning to program is an excellent way for students to build a growth mindset. They gain an understanding that an error doesn’t mean failure but that it means adjustment until we get to what we intended. In the process of learning to code, students learn how to include, respect and collaborate with others—life skills for being a good citizen.
Q: How does Code Naturally enrich and support the community of Santa Cruz County?
A: Code Naturally offers a unique approach to applied science for students at local elementary and middle schools. By enriching children with skills in applied science, Code Naturally is bringing children together to learn valuable like skills such as collaboration, problem solving and respect. These foundational skills go far beyond the Code Naturally lab and help make our children and community stronger.
Besides providing access to computer science education in a number of local elementary and middle schools, Code Naturally also supports events and organizations with similar missions.
Q: What do Code Naturally parents and teachers say?
A: Quotes include:
Q: What do Code Naturally kids say?
A: Quotes include:
“Code Naturally is a great way to code. Thank you for making Code Naturally!”
“Well, sometimes the code can get really hard but I try to do most things on my own. I also like that Code Naturally lets you make anything you want and you can just be creative. I just think it can be challenging and fun at the same time!”
“IT IS PERFECT THE WAY IT IS!”
“I like it because when I started I got better at math.”
“Code Naturally has helped me with math because it really makes you think.”
“It helps me with patterns and complicated things that I might be doing in fifth grade. I think it will help me in the future and about the computer.”
“I think because you use graphs in code and you need to find the right numbers and the right x and y coordinates to get your shape, line, or point.”
“In math we have to think about what to say and how to say it. In Code Naturally we do that also.”
Q: What programming language do you teach and why is it important?
Q: My child has no experience in Programming or Computer Science. Would Code Naturally be an alright fit for a complete newcomer?
Q: What’s the earliest I can drop off my student during Spring Break?
A: 8:45 AM. Our team arrives every day at 8:15 AM and need at least 30 minutes to prepare materials and the classroom for students every day. Students can arrive as late as 9:30 AM.
Q: What are the necessary Tech requirements? Do I need to provide my child with computer access?
A: Every classroom we teach out of come equipped with Chrome Books your child is able to use. At home, computers with Google Chrome installed are able to take full advantage of the Code Naturally Web App. Students are able to access their accounts from anywhere with a web connection, no software installation required.
Q: What’s the latest I can pick up my student during Spring Break?
A: Pick up is between 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM. However, our educators never leave a student unsupervised and always wait for parents to sign out all students before closing up for lunch.
Q: Should I pack lunch for my student?
A: Yes! We provide a light snack of chips, fruit, and water but snacks are no replacement for a nutritional lunch.
Q: Do you offer scholarships?
A: Yes! Just contact us here and we’ll send you the necessary form.