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Here comes Apple’s new Coding Lab for Kids session

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Kids can code their first app in the new Today at Apple session.
Kids can code their first app in the new Today at Apple session.
Photo: Apple

Apple said Tuesday it will expand its coding education resources with a free new Today at Apple session starting December 5. It’s “Coding Lab for Kids: Code Your First App.”

The new session celebrates and coincides with Computer Science Education Week, the company said.

New Today at Apple session: ‘Coding Lab for Kids: Code Your First App.’

The new Today at Apple session will roll out at Apple Store locations worldwide.

Here’s how Apple described it:

Designed to inspire participants ages 10 and up to explore app development in a fun, welcoming environment, the new experience is the latest in Apple’s library of resources to help students, families, and educators launch their journeys in the growing field of computer science.

It’s another edition of the free, daily Today at Apple sessions people can sign up for online and attend in Apple Stores.

“Around the world, our stores are centers for community, 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 for 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,” she added.

New coding session

You can sign up for a session as a group, too.
You can sign up for a session as a group, too.
Photo: Apple

In the new lab session, Apple Creative Pros will lead young coders and their parents or guardians. Everyone will use iPad and Swift Playgrounds, Apple’s code-teaching 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,” Apple said.

After launch, the new lab takes its place in Apple’s rotating schedule of Today at Apple sessions. Another available session using Swift coding, but in a gaming context, will be “Coding Skills: Getting Started with Swift Playgrounds.”

Anyone with any level of experience can sign up for coding sessions at their local Apple Store.

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