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Frequently Asked Questions

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PTA & School Related Questions:

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CodeKey is a Michigan-based organization promoting computer science, software programming and STEAM-related topics to children. CodeKey is comprised of parents, educators and tech industry experts who care about educating children in the field of computer science.

CodeKey is an after-school coding club that uses videos, animated characters and Lego-like blocks of code to teach kids how to program computers and create software. CodeKey activities are age-appropriate, self-paced, self-guided and provide a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming.

CodeKey partners with a school or a school’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association)/PTO and a club leader to offer an after-school coding club for kids. There is no cost to the school to set up the program. A fee is charged to the parents who sign up their students.

There is no cost to the school or PTA to setup the program. There is nothing to pre-purchase or commit to. There are no contracts to sign.

The club fee is $17 per student per day. Clubs typically meet once per week. CodeKey also provides discounts for non-profits and can work with your school to customize a program and pricing.

To setup CodeKey at your school, you will first need to find a teacher who will be the club leader and get permission from your school’s principal. Then you will need to find and reserve a location to hold the club, permission to use the school’s computers (laptops, Chromebooks, PCs or Macs), high-speed Internet, an opened firewall that allows videos to be played by the students.

Though the CodeKey curriculum supports K-12, we have found that 3rd to 8th grades are better suited for the curriculum and the older students stay more engaged with the activities. CodeKey does offer a high school program; please email us for details.

The size of the class usually depends on the size of the computer lab or room where the class is held, the number of computers and the number of volunteers. However, we typically recommend to start with 20-25 students. If there is a larger interest, then we can always add seats.

The school or PTA in conjunction with the club leader will determine the schedule. In general, Codekey meets once a week for an hour ana a half.

The day of the class will depend on other activities your school hosts, or offers, during the year. The best way to determine is to review your school years calendar and avoid those days with a lot of activities.

The CodeKey program is designed to go for as long, or as short, as your PTA or school desires. We recommend scheduling the program throughout the school year.

The curriculum, originally designed and developed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), uses short videos, animated characters and Lego-like blocks of code to teach students how to program computers and create software. The curriculum is self-paced, self-guided, so the students go at their own pace. If a student misses a class, it's no problem, they can pick right back up where they left off with the next class they attend. Also, they are able to access the class from home.

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CodeKey is a club which can be held in your school’s computer lab. Alternatively, if your school is equipped with ChromeBooks or other mobile computer devices, CodeKey can be held in almost any location, including the library, media center or any classroom!

CodeKey provides a detailed flyer both in PDF and Word doc format. Most schools simply include the flyer, or its contents, in a ListServ or newsletter sent out to their parents. Flyers can also be posted throughout the school or handed out to students to take home to parents in their "take home" envelopes or weekly folders. Some schools also list the club on their school’s website, list it on the online calendar, post to their Facebook page, post to other social media pages, and if available send SMS text messages to their parents.

At the end of the school year, CodeKey runs a report for your PTA and submits a check payable to your PTA, or submits a PayPal payment to your PTA PayPal account, within seven days of the end of the school year. To receive a physical check, CodeKey will need the exact official name of your PTA/PTO to cut the check to, and the current mailing address, if different than your school's address. If your PTA would prefer to receive payment via PayPal, CodeKey will just need the PTA's specific email registered with PayPal. CodeKey encourages the PTA to use the funds to help support various technology needs at the school, such as updating or fixing their Chromebooks, purchasing new PCs or other tech-related equipment.

Parents are able to register and submit payments via the CodeKey.org website. There is no registration work to be done by the PTA or school.

To setup CodKey at your school, you may fill out our online form here or call us at: 1-855-4CODEKEY (1-855-426-3353) to speak with a CodeKey representative.

Parent & Volunteer Related Questions:

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CodeKey is a Michigan-based organization promoting computer science, software programming and STEAM-related topics to children. CodeKey is comprised of parents, educators and tech industry experts who care about educating children in the field of computer science.

CodeKey is an after-school program that uses videos, animated characters and Lego-like blocks of code to teach kids how to program computers and create software. CodeKey clubs are self-paced, self-guided and provide a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming.

To enroll in CodeKey, simply go to CodeKey.org's Enroll page and select your school from the dropdown list. You will then be taken to your school's enrollment page and can register and pay online.

Student’s use CodeKey’s learning management system that utilizes an interactive curriculum software program first developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Media Lab.

"Coding", or computer programming or software development, is simply telling a computer what to do by giving it step-by-step instructions in a language the computer can understand. There are many different coding languages, each one designed for different situations. Examples include C, a 'low level' but fast programming language that is good for anything graphically intensive like games; Javascript, which was specifically designed for dealing with web content; and Perl, a multi-functional language that is often referred to as the 'swiss army knife' of programming.

Learning to code is important because technology is everywhere and technology needs code to run and function. Learning to code is similar to learning a foreign language, or perhaps more specifically a family of foreign languages.

The only equipment your student will need is a pair of headphones or earbuds to listen to the curriculum videos and animated characters.

The school in conjunction with the club leader will determine the schedule. In general, Codekey meets once a week for about an hour.

The CodeKey program is designed to go for as long, or as short, as your club leader and school desires. We recommend scheduling the program throughout the school year.

CodeKey Clubs are conveniently held at your school, usually in a computer lab, media center or library, and traditionally held right after school.

The Clubs are run by carefully screened club leaders who have been trained in the CodeKey activities. Club leaders are typically teachers from your school or a nearby school. Any adult involved in the CodeKey Club has passed a background check and has been hand-chosen by your school and trained by CodeKey. The Clubs activities are designed to be self-guided, self-paced by the students, so as a result, the club leader does not need to be an expert in computer science or software development. The club leader is more of a chaperone and is there to monitor behavior and promote a safe and productive learning environment.

The club’s activities are all self-paced, so if your student misses a session or two, they can easily pick right back up where they left off next time they attend.

Yes, usually a refund is permitted up to seven days before the class begins. To request a refund, please see your invoice email for details. And if a refund is needed after seven days, please contact a CodeKey representative at support@CodeKey.org, and we will review individual circumstances. If for any reason you, or your student, is unsatisfied after taking a class, please contact us directly at support@CodeKey.org, and we will do everything in our power to correct the issue, or we will refund your money.

The cost for your student can be found on your school's Enroll page. There are no hidden or recurring fees. Prices are determined by the program selected by your school. However, it generally costs between $15-$17 per student per day and the club meets once a week.

Please plan accordingly and please don't be late. It is not fair to the other parent volunteers. However, if you run into a one-time situation where it is unavoidable, please call your parent volunteer ASAP or arrange for another parent to pick up your student. Your school may have a policy in place to charge you a late fee and may take your student to the after-school day care.

We welcome all students, but please be aware that our club leaders are not necessarily trained or equipped to handle every students' special needs or unique situations. Therefore, if your student does have special needs, please be sure to have an adult attend who is familiar with your student's special needs and unique situation. That support person may be an adult relative, a grandparent, you or your spouse, or your nanny or caretaker.

The curriculum is designed for k-12 students. However, your school, in conjunction with the club leader, will determine the appropriate ages and grades for the club.

After enrolling, you will receive a confirmation email that we have received your order. (If you do not receive an email, please contact us at support@codekey.org.) Your student(s) will then be enrolled in CodeKey and on the day of the class, you will need to pack a healthy, nut-free snack and a pair of head phones for each student. Also, we have found that a quick reminder by you, the morning of each class, goes a long way as well.

Unfortunately, no, not at this time. We are working to implement a multi-student discount process, but it is unavailable at this time.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Parent volunteers are critical to the CodeKey program. To learn more about volunteering, please visit our volunteer section and fill out our online form.

Please contact us directly:

Toll Free: 1-855-4CODEKEY (855-426-3353)
Local: 1-248-305-2900
9am - 5pm EST

support@CodeKey.org

Steps to Setup your School.

Setting up CodeKey at your school is simple.
  • Step One

    1. Get permission from your school

    A PTA member, or school representative, will need to get permission to run CodeKey at your school from your principal. There are NO fees or contracts for the school or PTA, and the only items needed to run the program are a room with desks and chairs and access to the school's computers.

  • Step Two

    2. Fill out the "Setup your school" online forms.

    CodeKey will need to know a little about you and your school. For example, what day would work best for your students, how many students would you like per class and what grades should participate? Please sign up here.

  • Step Three

    3. Find and Reserve a room

    Some schools require rooms to be reserved via an online scheduling system. Either way, a room will need to be reserved for CodeKey ahead of sending out an invite. If your school has ChromeBooks or Laptops, CodeKey can be held anywhere (the library, the Media Center or a class room). If you have a computer room, that works best!

  • Step Four

    4. Send out an Invitation and Announcement

    CodeKey supplies a detailed invitation to be used by your school's front office to send out to all of your parents and teachers. Many schools use a ListServe system and add the announcement into their weekly or monthly newsletter. This announcement is also a call for volunteers.

  • Step Five

    5. Club Leader Training and Support

    CodeKey clubs are designed to be run by non-technical folks with little to no coding background. Club Leaders will be sent a background check form, detailed instructions, and weekly pre-filled attendance sheets. Also, CodeKey walks the Club Leader through a typical session and answer any questions.

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