June 15, 2020 Summer Announcement

In light of the current public health crisis, we have reevaluated our plans for the summer. Here are the details:

  • Traditional in-person Summer Camp sessions are canceled for this year.  MCPS has closed all locations for summer camps, and there is still no consensus regarding the advisability of indoor summer camps. We are encouraging parents to consider the other options listed below.
  • Online Summer Camps are here! Our online Summer Camps are a mixture of coding, fun, exploration, academics, coding, and fun! Half-day sessions go from 9:45 am to 12:30 pm, or from 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm.       Full-day sessions are both half-day sessions put together.

Specifically, the morning schedule is:

9:45 to 10:00 am: Meet and Greet Campers gather together in one big video-chat room for morning announcements, crazy kid or pet tricks, sharing stories, and whatever else we need to do together to start off the day.

10:00 am to noon: Coding Classes Campers are grouped according to coding ability/experience into small video chat rooms to work on Scratch, Scratch JR, Python, or JavaScript. One experienced Panda Programmer teacher is in charge of a room of up to 5 students. Students receive instruction, work on projects, offer show and tell, and take a couple of fun breaks during class. Breaks will consist of “dance parties”, trivia games, Kahoot games and more.

Noon to 12:30 pm: Academics Campers are re-grouped by grade level into small video chat rooms for refresher work in Math and English. Content will be aligned with the MCPS curriculum. Many parents have expressed interest in making up some of the lost time experienced in the MCPS Remote learning arrangement. Don’t worry, Panda Programmer makes academics FUN! And for those parents who don’t find the academics appealing, just let us know and we can have your child code during this time instead.

The afternoon schedule is the same:

1:45 to 2:00 pm: Meet and Greet

2:00 to 4 pm: Coding Classes

4 to 4:30 pm: Academics

Summer Camp Costs:

  • One week of Half-day Online camp is $250
  • One week of Full-day Online camp is $380

Summer Camp Discounts:

  • Parents who had signed up for our traditional Panda Programmer Summer Camp(s) receive 10% off our Online camp fees when they switch their registration to Online camp.
  • 10% off for siblings attending the same Online camp
  • 10% off for multiple camp registration

 

Online classes are another format of learning this summer.  Our Panda Programmer online classes have been going strong since MCPS shut down. We are continuing to offer our online classes every day of the week throughout the Summer and Fall. Classes are 2 hours long. Choose how many times per week you would like for your child to attend the online classes, they’re very flexible. Email us or sign up for the online classes at any time.

If you have already paid for our traditional Summer Camp and neither of the options above are convenient for you, simply contact us for a refund. 

To register and sign up for the online Class: Click Here

Stay well! Stay sane! Summer is almost here!

 

May 15, 2020 Summer Announcement

In light of the current public health crisis, and following the recent announcement that MCPS schools shall remain closed for the rest of this academic year, we have reevaluated our plans for the summer. Here are the details:

  • Traditional in-person Summer Camp sessions are looking bleak.  Without a significant change of events and public policy, traditional camps will not be held this summer.       However, we still hold leases on all of our locations for Summer Camp, and numerous parents are urging us to remain hopeful. So, at this time (May 14th) there is no final decision on the cancellation of traditional in-person Summer Camp. However, we are encouraging parents to consider the other options listed below.
  • Online Summer Camps are here! Our online Summer Camps are a mixture of coding, fun, exploration, academics, coding, and fun! Half-day sessions go from 9:45 am to 12:30 pm, or from 1:45 pm to 4:30 pm.       Full-day sessions are both half-day sessions put together.

Specifically, the morning schedule is:

9:45 to 10:00 am: Meet and Greet Campers gather together in one big video-chat room for morning announcements, crazy kid or pet tricks, sharing stories, and whatever else we need to do together to start off the day.

10:00 am to noon: Coding Classes Campers are grouped according to coding ability/experience into small video chat rooms to work on Scratch, Scratch JR, Python, or JavaScript. One experienced Panda Programmer teacher is in charge of a room of up to 5 students. Students receive instruction, work on projects, offer show and tell, and take a couple of fun breaks during class. Breaks will consist of “dance parties”, trivia games, Kahoot games and more.

Noon to 12:30 pm: Academics Campers are re-grouped by grade level into small video chat rooms for refresher work in Math and English. Content will be from the MCPS curriculum. Many parents have expressed interest in making up some of the lost time experienced in the MCPS Remote learning arrangement. Don’t worry, Panda Programmer makes academics FUN! And for those parents who don’t find the academics appealing, just let us know and we can have your child code during this time instead.

The afternoon schedule is the same:

1:45 to 2:00 pm: Meet and Greet

2:00 to 4 pm: Coding Classes

4 to 4:30 pm: Academics

Summer Camp Costs:

  • One week of Half-day Online camp is $250
  • One week of Full-day Online camp is $380

Summer Camp Discounts:

  • Parents who had signed up for our traditional Panda Programmer Summer Camp(s) receive 10% off our Online camp fees when they switch their registration to Online camp.
  • 10% off for siblings attending the same Online camp
  • 10% off for multiple camp registration

 

  • Online classes have been going strong since MCPS shut down. We are continuing to offer our online classes every day of the week throughout the Summer and Fall. Classes are 2 hours long. Choose how many times per week you would like for your child to attend the online classes, they’re very flexible. Email us or sign up for the online classes at any time.

If you have already paid for our traditional Summer Camp and neither of the options above are convenient for you, simply contact us for a refund. 

To register and sign up for the online Class: Click Here

Stay well! Stay sane! Summer is almost here!

April 15, 2020

For those families in a more precarious financial situation due to the recent economic turbulence, we are rolling out the new “Panda Coding Club”. The Panda Coding Club is a video-conferenced environment where current and former Panda students can teach and work with less-experienced Panda students. In fact, even non-Panda students are welcome to come to the Panda Coding Club. There is no charge for participating in the Coding Club. It is a convenient venue to help students maintain or hone their coding skills in a more casual environment. If your child would like to be part of the Panda Coding Club, either as a teacher or as a student, email us at CodingClub@PandaProgrammer.com. Coding Club is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:30 pm.

March 25, 2020

As of March 25, 2020:  MCPS has closed down all schools through April 24. No problem-  Panda Programmer teaches online! And now that school is out for at least an additional 4 weeks, we are modifying our offerings to be as flexible as possible. You can sign up for 3 weeks of an online class on whichever weekday(s) work best for you- For example, if your child would like to have coding class once per week (i.e. every Monday) you can sign up for that. If your child would prefer to have class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays you can sign up for those days as well. We keep track of each students progress and ensure that no one repeats lessons, no matter how many classes they sign up for! Classes are held every weekday from 2-4pm and each day you sign up for is for a 3 week session, that’s 6 hours of coding class.

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Additional details for our on-line Class:

Our Virtual Computer Programming Class is offered 2 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays class is held from 10 am to noon. We use our standard individualized curriculum and the same experienced teachers to teach children at home. This is clearly the safest approach in dealing with Coronavirus. Experienced Panda Programmer students will pick up right where they left off in our classes or camps. New students can start at the beginning of our curriculum or be placed at an appropriate section of our curriculum for their skill-set and experience. Students use GoToMeeting and need a laptop or desktop computer with a microphone and preferably a camera and headphones to participate.

Online classes consist of 5 or fewer students per teacher so we are able to ensure that each student gets enough personalized one-on-one instruction regardless of skill level. Classes are held by our most experienced Panda Programmer teachers and we use the tried and true Panda Programmer curriculum for the topics of Scratch, Python, and JavaScript. The cost for a 3-week session is pro-rated to match our after-school/weekend pricing.  The rate is $109.50 (3 classes, 2 hrs each).  If you missed the start of a class, just sign up for the next 3-week session- the curriculum is individualized so no one is ever behind on assignments.

Feel free to create the schedule that works for your child-  Since the coursework is individualized, your child will make progress and learn one day per week, 3 days per week, 5 days per week, or any other combination that works best for you!  Any additional day(s) are discounted by 10% when you make a multi-day schedule.

Questions?  Feel free to e-mail us at info@PandaProgrammer.com or call us at 443-26-PANDA.

To register and sign up for the online Class Click Here