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Apple is introducing a new Computer Education Week Today at Apple session for kids to help them learn app development.
It's called “Coding Lab for Kids: Code Your First App”. It is aimed at kids aged ten and up who are learning app development. New sessions begin on December 5, and families can sign up through Apple's web page.
Apple Creative Pro professionals will guide young programmers and their caregivers in an interactive activity using the iPad and Swift Playgrounds. Participants will use SwiftUI and the new real-time app preview to customize their app with fonts, colors, Memoji, and more.
The new programming lab will be part of the Apple Today at Apple rotation program.
The company also reminded that it provides free resources to educators. In August, the Apple Education Community was launched, offering tutorials, lesson ideas, and a forum to connect with other educators.
Educators who want to introduce their students to app development with Swift can use Apple's Swift Playgrounds Companion Guide, available on the Apple Education Community. Educators can apply the Celebrating You Educator Guide to any school subject or coding club on campus.
“All over the world, our stores are hubs of communication where people of all ages are invited to discover the most innovative products, learn new skills and discover their creative passions,” said Deirdre O'Brien, Senior Vice Apple President of Retail and Human Resources. “Whether you're trying something new like programming or looking for tips on getting started with your device, our free Today at Apple sessions have something for everyone — and our talented staff is always ready to support you.”
The New Programming Lab is Apple's latest initiative to help kids learn computer programming. In 2016, the company launched a program called Anyone Can Program.
This is Apple's Swift language learning program and aims to equip students with the skills they need for in-demand, high-skill jobs, according to Apple. .
For junior programmers, in 2021, the company has added new resources for elementary students. Educators can help students from kindergarten through third grade lay the foundation for basic coding concepts for use in higher education.