29 November 2022
Apple is expanding its coding resources with a new Today at Apple session
The free session is coming to Apple Store locations worldwide during Computer Science Education Week, which begins on December 5
To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Apple is introducing a new coding session – Coding Lab for Kids: Code Your First App – at Apple Store locations around the world. Designed to inspire participants ages 10 and up to explore app development in a fun, inviting environment, the new experience is the latest in Apple’s library of resources to help students, families and educators begin their journeys in the growing field of computer science.
The new sessions begin Dec. 5 as part of the Today at Apple program, which offers free, daily in-store sessions that help customers unleash their creativity and get the most out of their devices.1 Anyone, including families and groups, can register now at apple.co/coding-sessions.
“Around the world, our stores are hubs of communities where people of all ages are invited to discover the most innovative products, learn new skills and explore their creative passions,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People . “Whether you’re trying something new like coding or looking for tips on getting started with a device, our free Today at Apple sessions offer something for everyone—and our talented team members are always here to support you.”
Coding with Today at Apple
During the lab, Apple Creative Pros will lead aspiring coders and their guardians in an interactive activity using the iPad and Swift Playgrounds – Apple’s fun and easy-to-use app that takes students from their first line of code to their first app. Working in the About Me playground, participants will use SwiftUI and a new real-time app preview to customize and bring their app to life with fun fonts, background colors, Memoji and more.
After launch, the new lab will become part of Apple’s rotating Today at Apple programming, with sessions scheduled at convenient times for children and families. Customers can also sign up for Coding Skills: Getting Started with Swift Playgrounds, another Today at Apple session that introduces Swift’s programming language and fundamental concepts through an interactive game that allows participants to explore basic coding like commands, functions and loops.
Anyone – regardless of experience level – can visit apple.com/today to sign up for scheduled Today at Apple sessions at their local Apple Store, or they can schedule a special lesson for their group, organization or class at a time that works best for them. Today at Apple, sessions are offered free of charge and use Apple-supplied devices for all activities.
Resources for students and teachers
In-store Today at Apple coding sessions are one of many free resources that Apple offers to students of all ages.
For educators interested in introducing app development with Swift to their students, Apple has created a companion app building guide in Swift Playgrounds. Available in the Apple Education Community, the Celebrating You Educator Guide includes a starter project using the About Me playground, where students personalize a sample app that celebrates a place or tradition that is important to them. The guide can be applied to any topic in the classroom or can be used by campus coding clubs.
Students ready to explore additional topics in Swift and Xcode on iPad and Mac can turn to Apple’s Anyone Can Code and Develop in Swift resources. Teacher’s guides also help educators build foundational computer science knowledge that can be integrated into their classrooms—from elementary to college and higher education.
Careers for the next generation
Apple’s coding resources are designed to teach essential skills while preparing students for high-demand careers in computer science. Earlier this year, independent analysis showed that the iOS app economy continued its track record as an engine of economic growth and opportunity, supporting more than 2.2 million jobs in the US by 2021. This includes jobs for app entrepreneurs and their teams with roles in software development, project management, design and much more.
Aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, and designers can also hone their skills and businesses through the Apple Developer Academy. First established in Brazil in 2013, the academy now operates in 17 locations around the world, including Detroit; Naples, Italy; and Pohang, South Korea. Thousands of participants have graduated—armed with technical fundamentals and core professional skills—and gone on to pursue jobs in the booming app economy or even start their own businesses.
- Sessions may not be available in all markets. Please check local listings.
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