As a parent, I want my kids to excel in STEM subjects. I want them to do well in school so that they will do well in life. But where do you start in giving them an extra boost? Over the summer months, my son was able to try out BitWise Academy. It was a great start to learning coding.
*Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to test out their website service in exchange for my honest review. I was not otherwise paid or endorsed. All opinions are my own.*
BitWise Academy was created with the dream of providing an easy-to-use platform for teaching real life coding and art skills that can be used in technological understanding and growth. They teach kids the basic programs that will start them down the road of success.
As with any program, there are pros and cons.
The interface is simple to follow. You can keep track of the courses and the progress of each one.
If you have any questions at all, you can ask their AI assistant , Beem.
I love that it has a sense of humor with its responses, at times. They also have a community that your kid can get support from. They can add friends and check forums for answers that will help them with their lessons. If that isn't what they need, there is an actual support option--technical and otherwise. I like the various groups there are as well. A chance to chat and make friends while learning. There is also the Scratch lesson. Talk about an amazing beginning to coding for kids.
For parents, there is a great way to track your child's progress. You get the full break down to see where they are excelling and where they need more practice. It is color coded.
You can see what has been completed and what subject they spend more time on.
My son is greatly interested in learning how to create games. However, I found that he would become bored after getting halfway through a lesson. Or if there were technical difficulties.
Which leads us to the flip side...
At first, I couldn't get the class sessions to play. They would sometimes freeze up. Or would replay a lesson he had done already because it didn't recognize he had finished it. This caused him to lose enthusiasm for the program but this issue was resolved with an update and all was fine.
Options for everyone's needs!
There are three types of subscriptions you can get. Which are currently on sale for 25% OFF!
I think this works out greatly. Depending on how dedicated your child is, and how quickly they will work through the lessons, you have options for how long you want to sign them up for.
What do you think? Is this something you would want your kids to use? What is your favorite aspect of this program? Leave me a comment below!