Educational Programs (STEM for kids and adults)

A Beginner’s Guide to Coding – Free games, tools and classes to learn how to code.

A Resource Guide for Web Developers  – Basic resources for beginner web developers.

ACT-SO – The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

Ada Developers Academy – A year-long intensive school in software development for women with no previous professional experience in computer programming.

Affordable Colleges MBA Essentials Series – These guides are designed as freely referenceable resources for some of the major’s most fundamental components, including expenses, program types, and job outlook: MBA Programs Essentials, Accelerated Programs OverviewMBA Cost Breakdown, MBA Scholarships

AiE – Specialist educators in games, animation, and film VFX.

App Development Tools and Games for Kids to Learn Programming – Tools, courses, and tips to get kids interested in coding.

Art Institute of Seattle – Providing education in design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts.

Battlesnake – is an interesting and complex problem to work on. It’s a great way to learn a new programming language, try a new cloud platform, or even get started with machine learning. How you build your snake is entirely up to you, and the sky’s the limit.

Best Courses to Learn Web Development in 2021 – Learn web-development with this comprehensive list of the web’s best web-development courses, ranked by 1,000+ student reviews.

Big-Brained Superheros Club – On a mission to tap into the hidden strengths that all young people have through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), The Big-Brained Superheroes Club (The BBSC) at Yesler Community Center in Seattle is, at its core, about community coming together to create. We’re exercising our real-life superpowers (such as our Leadership, Teamwork, and Sense of Adventure) to build a kinder, nerdier, more imaginative world.

Boots to Business – An entrepreneurial education and  training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.

ChickTech – a year of opportunities for 100 high school girls to create tech projects, learn about tech careers, become part of an amazing community, and take charge of their future!

CityU of Seattle – A private nonprofit university accredited through the doctoral level. CityU is dedicated to serving the working adult and transfer student and is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 for online bachelor’s degree programs, and among the top 20 online programs for veterans in the U.S.

Code Builders – An immersive full-time coding apprenticeship designed to take you from scratch to an employable full-stack junior web developer.

CodeFellows – A world-class code school training web and mobile developers in industry best practices, in-demand frameworks and technologies, and more.

Coder Camps – Since 2013, Coder Camps has been preparing students for successful, rewarding careers in the field of software engineering. Through accelerated and immersive courses led by expert instructors, our students become accustomed to thinking like a developer and adapting to the dynamics of working on an Agile software team.

Coder Dojo – A global movement of free, volunteer-led,  community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

Coding Dojo – Build a startup, get a job, or reinvent your career in 14 weeks.

The Code Galaxy – An online coding school for kids and teens. They offer online summer camps, weekly classes, and private tutoring for kids. – A nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world. is supported by generous donors including Amazon, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Microsoft, and many more.

Coder School – A place where kids learn to code all year round (in-person and remote, too!). Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, theCoderSchool combines a super-small teaching ratio with an individualized immersion style to get your kids learning to code in no time! We don’t believe in kids being taught by software, and we don’t like one-size-fits-all curriculums. Instead we focus on a mentor relationship with experienced coders, Code Coaches who can guide our students through their amazing technical journey.

Coding Websites for Kids – Here’s a age wise list of sites that teach kids to code. These 19 coding websites for kids are organized by age. The list includes both paid and free resources to give you some ideas.

Coding With Kids – Programs that advance students from the beginnings of computer programming to full mastery of computer science needed for the high school AP exam and beyond. They are designed to accommodate children of various experience levels and learning capabilities. Through our programs, we strive to inspire children to become innovators and creators in order to be successful in the STEM careers of tomorrow.

Companion Coding – A non-profit program based in Seattle. Companion Coding introduces low-income minority youth to careers in tech by training them to build websites for real small businesses* in their own communities. During 4-8 week “bootcamps,” young people gain valuable hands-on experience, build a portfolio, and learn about opportunities in the tech industry, as well as building critical technical, leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills with mentorship from staff and tech professionals working in the field.

Computer Games and Experiments: A STEM Guide – A collection of STEM games, activities and experiments for kids.

Computer Language for Beginners: HTML – Learn about the basics of HTML!

Computer Science for All – The President’s bold new initiative to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world. Our economy is rapidly shifting, and both educators and business leaders are increasingly recognizing that computer science (CS) is a “new basic” skill necessary for economic opportunity and social mobility.

Construction and Building: Projects and Activities for KidsJust because you may be spending more time at home than usual, you don’t have to be bored. Put down the screens and get yourself busy with construction and building projects that you’ll love working on. You’ll have so much fun, you’ll forget that you’re learning too. These STEM projects will help you practice science, technology, engineering, and math while having fun with hands-on building projects. (Thanks to Maddie Abelman for sending in this resource in to share with our community!)

DawgBytes – UW CSE’s K-12 outreach program, DawgBytes, introduces students and teachers to the exciting world of computer science & engineering!

Digipen – Offering degree programs in Video Game Programming, Game Design, Animation, Computer Science, Sound Design, and Computer Engineering.

Dreambox Learning – an online math program that is both engaging and proven to boost your child’s math performance. Whether your learner is a math whiz or needs help filling in some gaps, the DreamBox platform provides your child with the individualized lessons they need to succeed.

Educurious – a nonprofit organization committed to education and community-based initiatives designed to ensure young people have the vision, skills, and support they need to succeed.  They are actively recruiting employers to host Seattle-area youth in summer internships. Are you ready to unlock opportunity for young people?  On-boarding, training, and support is provided.

eMode – We focus on the foundational principle that children must develop deep understanding of number theory at least by 3rd grade, but ideally in Kindergarten. By teaching advanced math concepts early through a fun, experiential-based program, we ensure that eMode students have the solid understanding of the requisite arithmetic, and exposure to algebra that prepares them for success and confidence in advanced math

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans – A novel, one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans and their families. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for our veterans and their families by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. EBV was named one of the top ten entrepreneurship programs in the country by Inc Magazine.

Epicodus – Our mission is to help people learn the skills they need to get great jobs. For us, “great jobs” means jobs in growing industries that pay well and provide rewarding work. Beyond the particular skills needed to get these jobs, we aim to help our students become confident self-teachers who can adapt to changing job markets, and great communicators who will work well in teams. We focus on serving people who, by birth or circumstance, don’t have easy access to learning the skills they need to get these great jobs.

First Gen Cohorts – is dedicated to first-generation college graduates’ career success. We provide coaching and community to level the playing field, producing measurable results for employers and FGC members. Our pilot program is underway in partnership with the College Success Foundation. We are grateful for their 20-years of experience to advise us.

First Washington – supports and engages today’s tech-native youth with a league of their own, inspiring them to build on their passions and preparing them to be the STEM leaders of tomorrow. FIRST Washington ignites youthful minds through education, hard work, mentorship, and healthy competition. Just as important, participants are integrated into a fun, team-based learning environment created to encourage their interests, teach the benefits of collaboration, boost self-confidence – and illuminate the exciting world of STEM study and careers.

Flatiron School – An accelerated programming school that inspired a coding bootcamp industry with our tuition money-back guarantee. As we’ve proven this model can work – with nearly all job-seeking students across our programs starting fulfilling careers at companies including Google, Apple, even NASA – we’ve pushed to expand accessibility to this transformative education, offering scholarships and fellowship programs for underrepresented groups in tech. In 2015, we broadened our classroom offerings to include online learning with, bringing the ability to change your career through code to those previously left out of the bootcamp model – full-time job holders, parents balancing schedules, students miles from the nearest hub. Our Seattle Campus is live! Join us to grow your skills in-person or online. Technology has the potential to reshape the way we learn – and we’re just getting started.

Floodgate Academy – Atraining program designed to solve the lack of diversity in the technology industry by creating a pipeline of technically proficient engineers from underrepresented communities. Through challenging curriculum based on real world scenarios and partnering with forward thinking technical organizations, Floodgate will provide students with an unmatched experience that builds a proper foundation for a long lasting career in tech.

Geeks for Geeks – A computer Science portal for geeks featuring tutorials and courses.

Geek Girls Carrots – A global organization focused on connecting, learning and inspiring women in Tech and IT.

General Assembly – General Assembly is advancing the future of work by equipping individuals andcorporations alike with the most in-demand 21st-century skills. Offering training and assessments in web development, data science, digital marketing, and more, GA is building transparent career pathways for people, and sustainable, diverse talent pipelines for employers. With 20 locations, immersive online offerings, onsite trainings for the Fortune 500, and a global community of professionals nearly 1 million strong, GA is the leading source for training, staffing and career transitions.

Generation USA – We transform education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. We have a methodology that we believe can serve hundreds of thousands—and eventually millions—of people who are unemployed, underemployed, or need to learn new skills. Our program creates real business value for employers and lasting career impact for participants. Hallmarks of Generation’s approach, including a rapid launch process, bootcamp-style training and placement, and individualized education plans with resources and support, position Generation USA to serve the massive newly unemployed population. As such, in partnerships with colleges and organizations across the country, Generation USA has committed to train 500,000 students by 2030.

Get into PHP – Get started learning PHP with our PHP Tutorial. This tool is intended for everyone who wants to learn PHP programming language, whether your are a beginner or already a pro.

Girls with Impact – The only live, online entrepreneurship program made just for girls. Developed with Harvard leaders, our ‘mini-MBA’ program equips girls with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become the leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow.

Global Innovation Exchange – a global partnership between major research universities and innovative corporations to develop thought leaders in innovation. The first two academic partners are Tsinghua University and the University of Washington, with early support from Microsoft. GIX develops leaders, stimulates innovation in the workforce, and helps solve technological and design challenges. It seeks to build global capacity to tackle complex problems and serve multiple markets.  Graduates will have the technical and design thinking skills and business confidence to drive solutions from idea to impact.

Guide to Tinkering – Tinkering is a hands-on form of open-ended exploration to learn about how things work, how to improve them, and how to build new things. This guide offers resources and directions to help you learn how to do projects involving simple electronics, simple machines, engineering and coding.

IdeaX Makerspace – The Bellevue Library ideaX Makerspace features introductory workshops and drop-in sessions for collaboration and creation. The space encourages creativity through art, design, coding, recording, and more through emerging technologies, traditional mediums and explores the space between.

iD Tech – Summer STEM programs for kids and teens in coding, game development, robotics, and design—held at 150+ locations including University of Washington, Lewis & Clark, and more!

iUrban Teen – a nationally recognized program focused on bringing career focused education to underrepresented teens ages 13 to 18. Youth receive hands-on exposure to a variety of careers and civic engagement that step them outside of their current boundaries. Our target demographics are African American, Latino and Native American males, however, the program is inclusive of all youth.  We have almost equal parity of girls that participate in our programs and also youth with special needs.  iUrban Teen programs are now in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas and launching in New York in the Fall of June 2016.

Kal Academy – Our mission is to make it easier for women to build a career in the tech industry and increase diversity which is critical for innovation. We do that by providing women with affordable, accessible, and relevant training and certification, that offers lucrative career growth opportunities. Become a Software Developer in 5 months.

Khan Academy – Learn the basics, starting with Intro to programming.

Kids’ Coding Activities Guide – Curated list of coding games and activities for students of all levels.

Kids’ Computer Basics: Keyboarding – Keyboarding basics guide with several activities, games, and exercises to make ingraining good keyboarding habits fun.

Kids Ruby -makes it fun and easy for kids to learn how to program.

Kodu Game Lab  – Microsoft’s Kodu allows users with no design or programming skills to create games on the PC and Xbox with a simple and intuitive visual programming language. The platform has a very active community, and children share their games with others online. With no hidden fees, this is a great choice for young ones interested in learning more about game development.

Koru – Graduated & Looking For A Career? Learn. Work Hard. Leave With A Job!

Lake Washington Institute of Technology – More than 40 professional and technical programs leading to high-demand career await your discovery in business & hospitality, manufacturing & transportation, design & Information technology, health science, education & human services, Bachelor’s degrees, and more!  Whether you’re looking to continue your education, learn a new skill, train for a whole new career, learn about transfer opportunities, or just curious as to what we are about, come experience what Lake Washington Institute of Technology has for your future. – offering a free alternative pathway to full-time tech employment. If you are an aspiring developer, LaunchCode can help you get to where you want to be. Watch the video of President Obama telling the story of one of their students successes.

Learn to Code from Home – Learning to code can be daunting, but you can do it at your own pace from the comfort of your own home. Thanks to dedicated programmers who have put time and energy into creating free online walkthroughs and guides to various programming languages, anybody can learn if they put in the work.

Mesa – MESA stands Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement and has been committed to building a pathway to college and careers in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) since 1982. We develop programming and initiatives to improve diversity and retention with an emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students in STEM fields, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Pacific Islanders and women.

Metis – Accelerating the careers of data scientists by providing full-time immersive bootcamps, evening part-time professional developmental courses, online resources, and corporate programs.

Mindstream – Free eLearning platform for teams.

MIT App Inventor – Another cloud-based tool for building apps, this was created by a small team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to empower kids to make a difference in their local communities by creating apps. It offers an intuitive programming environment and teaches the basics of computing through helpful tutorials.

MIT Enterprise Forum – We’re a nonprofit organization comprised of a network of local chapters that share a passion for making a difference in the world through technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We help early-stage technology entrepreneurs succeed faster.

The Most Amazing & Interactive STEM Apps – As a teacher or parent, in STEM learning apps, you find a great opportunity to engage children in STEM learning to help them broaden the horizon of their minds. Having said that, this blog features the most amazing STEM learning apps and STEM games that can be blended with EYLF outcomes.

National Center for Women in Information Technology – Ensuring that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing.

The New York Code + Design Academy – NYCDA offers both beginners and seasoned developers hands-on, intensive workshops in web and mobile app development.

Northwest University – A regionally accredited, Christian coeducational institution offering a wide variety of associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees

Nucamp – Bringing the best of online and in=person learning together: the low cost of online learning with the motivation and support offered by in-person bootcamps.

Operation Code – Deploy the Future. We’re the largest community dedicated to helping military veterans and families launch software development careers.

Opportunity Hub – the world’s first inclusive technology, startup & investment ecosystem building platform to ensure shared prosperity and multi-generational wealth creation for all.

Per Scholas – we believe a thriving workforce starts with equitable access to education. By providing skills training and access to employer networks to individuals often excluded from tech careers, Per Scholas envisions a technology workforce as diverse as the customers it serves. Over 11,000 graduates have launched successful careers in tech to date through our no-cost technical training. Our mission is to advance economic equity through rigorous training for tech careers, and to connect skilled talent to leading businesses.

Pinchot University – We are a university committed to the common good, for people who want to transform organizations, communities or markets in ways that are practical, positive, sustainable and profitable.

Post-9/11 GI Bill – If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.  You can also review the program pamphlet

School of Visual Concepts – A small, highly personal, Seattle-based school offering a la carte classes and workshops, as well as intensive certificate programs – lasting several weeks. We want to help you be more successful in marketing communications, web development, UX and web design, graphic design, advertising, as well as running businesses and departments that do that kind of work.

Science Experiments Around The Home – Fun biology, physics, and chemistry experiments to do at home!

Scratch – Kids can use Scratch to program their own stories and games, then share those creations with an online community. This is another free platform offered by MIT to support educational growth in programming. It challenges young learners to think creatively and collaborate to create interactive experiences. The developer also offers ScratchJr, which is an option for younger children.

Seattle Pacific University – A premier Christian university that equips people to engage the culture and change the world.

Seattle University – A Jesuit Catholic university and law school located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,200 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges.

SkillSpire – a coding bootcamp on a mission to empower people to pursue the work they love. We serve adult age students (18+) who are looking for a faster and more affordable path to a new career or career advancement. Our goal is to level the playing field by providing training and mentorship to those from under-represented populations. We provide a welcoming environment for everyone, including low-income students, women, and minorities.

Sploder – another free platform that creative kids can use to create games while expanding their programming knowledge. It has a diverse toolset and is integrated with an online community in which children can share their creations with peers. This platform has seen use in many classroom environments due to educational benefits.

Startup Weekend – A global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Stencyl – a beginner’s game creation tool that requires no coding skills and supports development for a wide range of platforms. While advanced users can extend the engine with coding, beginners can simply drag and drop assets to begin creating right away. While there are paid options, users can create and publish games on the web with the free starter edition.

Steve Brunton YouTube Channel – A mechanical engineering professor at the University of Washington, Brunton records videos from a small studio on campus teaching with a lightboard, neon-colored markers, a black backdrop and a Steve Jobs-worthy wardrobe on the instructor. The videos have titles such as “Neural Network Architectures and Deep Learning”; “Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) Control for the Inverted Pendulum on a Cart”; “Underdetermined Systems and Compressed Sensing” and many more.“My work has always straddled engineering and applied math,” Brunton told Geekwire. “I love teaching, especially math to engineers, and a lot of my effort goes into making educational videos and textbooks for a broad audience.”

StudentRND – Through years of experience and refinement, we’ve developed a model which is proven to get girls, minorities, and students of low socioeconomic status to get interested in coding, and stay interested in coding.

TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) – Partnering with 84 high schools in Washington state to deliver rigorous computer science to high school students, including high schools in Gig Harbor, Bethel, and Tacoma. TEALS is a Microsoft Philanthropies program that helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs through co-teaching partnerships with tech industry volunteers.

Technology Access Foundation – A nonprofit leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. We use STEM as a tool for realizing social change and educational equality in communities of color and those with low income. Our targeted approach leverages in-school and out-of-school learning to address longstanding historical inequities for students of color, yet cultivates leadership and citizenship in ALL students toward equity.

TechHire Initiative a bold multi-sector initiative and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches like “coding boot camps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months.

Technology Alliance – A statewide, not-for-profit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology-based businesses and research institutions united by our vision of a vibrant innovation economy that benefits all of our state’s citizens. Through programs, events, data analysis, and policy activities, we advance excellence in education, research, and entrepreneurship to support the growth of our high-impact industries; the creation of high-wage jobs; and economic prosperity for our entire state.

Techtonica FREE virtual full-stack program – Techtonica’s full-time software engineering training program is a free, virtual year-long program that provides the opportunity for women and non-binary adults with low incomes to learn technical skills and start their first job in tech.

Tombolo Institute (at Bellevue College) – a proud Northwest educator with a 50-year history of adult learning and inclusion. And, through strong relationships with top tech employers we collaboratively design learning experiences that meet corporate demand. Our rock star instructors have real world experience. Their tech industry day jobs enable them to deliver in-demand competencies that’ll help you get to where you want to go. Our courses and custom on-site corporate learning solutions are geared for the future, with a wide variety of offerings to keep professionals ahead of the curve. Tombolo Institute’s stackable approach to education recognizes the need to build ever-evolving skills that will help you stay on track to compete for jobs that haven’t even been invented yet.

Top Ten Best Websites to Practice Coding Online – here are the best websites to practice coding online.

Tynker – The fun way to learn programming and develop problem solving & critical thinking skills! (Ages 5-17)

University of Washington – One of the world’s preeminent public universities. Our impact on individuals, on our region, and on the world is profound — whether we are launching young people into a boundless future or confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Ranked number 10 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings and educating more than 54,000 students annually, our students and faculty work together to turn ideas into impact and in the process transform lives and our world. UW is home to the Paul Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.

Unloop – We partner with community colleges to train students in Washington State prisons, giving them the skills and concepts they need to succeed for pursuing careers in web development. Our industry mentorship program, professional development workshops, and re-entry support connect students with resources that address barriers to their professional success. We bring together a community of employers, professionals, and educators to advise on our curriculum and create opportunities for students after release.

UW College of Engineering’s Summer Math Academy  The College of Engineering Math Academy is a free program that helps students develop the math and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in engineering and exposes students to a variety of examples of engineering in practice. Open to high-achieving high school junior (11th grade) students from Washington state, the Math Academy especially targets underrepresented minorities in engineering including African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander and female students.

UW Foster School of Business Master of Entrepreneurship Program – The new 12-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is offered by the UW Foster School of Business and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

UW Foster School of Business Technology Management MBA– an accelerated work-compatible degree for professionals with a passion for innovation. Located in Kirkland, this 18-month program will prepare you to advance at work, launch a start-up, or completely transform your career. Learn from award-winning faculty, collaborate with a team of experienced tech-minded professionals, and connect with the largest alumni network in the Puget Sound region to take your career to the next level.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) – VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.

Vetstartups – Building technology focused certificate programs that can be paid completely using your military educational benefits.

Young Geniuses Academy – Seeking to inspire learning through engagement with culturally relevant, fun and educational experiences in Science Technology Engineering Art & Math (STEAM).

Youth Digital – Our mission is to teach kids coding and design concepts by creating awesome projects with cutting-edge technology. In our most popular online course, kids learn the fundamentals of Java programming by coding their own Mods for Minecraft® (for PC or Mac, sold separately).

Washington STEM – a statewide, independent nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle, WA. Launched in 2011 and founded on the principles of equity, partnership, and sustainability, we seek smart, scalable solutions that lead to opportunities for those students most underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields.  We believe that through a high-quality STEM education, Washington students will become the leaders, critical thinkers, and creators that will tackle the biggest challenges facing our state, nation, and the world.

W3Schools – The world’s largest web developer site. Optimized for learning, testing, and training. Examples might be simplified to improve reading and basic understanding. Tutorials, references, and examples are constantly reviewed to avoid errors, but we cannot warrant full correctness of all are the best websites to practice coding online.