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What is RocketHour?

RocketHour is an online, once-a-week class
that helps kids & teens learn to code.

Students log on to our platform at a fixed time each week where they work through a careful selection of problems with the constant support of their RocketHour tutor.

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Course Information

RocketHour is not another
online class, it’s a catalyst.

“Our goal is not just to teach kids to code. We want to cultivate a love for problem solving.”

John Naiker

John Naiker

CEO & Head of Learning, RocketHour

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The Right Tools for the Job

 

We use popular industry software to teach our students universal coding and logic concepts that can be applied to any programming language.

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Our Passion Guarantee

Kids LOVE RocketHour.

That there is a true fact!

And we don’t just say that.
We GUARANTEE it. Literally.

 

After your first month of the
RocketHour program, if your kid
is lukewarm, unsure or apathetic,
we give you your money back.
No questions.

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Pricing Plans

Taster Month

R1500

once off payment

30-day money back
guarantee

Monthly Plan

R1399

per month

Recurring monthly billing
Cancel any time
30-day money back
guarantee

Annual Plan

R16,500

R13,990

per year

Recurring annual billing
Cancel any time
30-day money back
guarantee

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are your tutors?

Our tutors are all young South African guys and gals. Each and everyone of them comes to us with a gift for inspiring kids and teens AND an excellent knowledge of code. Before running a class on their own, they each complete a 8 – 10 week training bootcamp that transforms them into teaching ninjas.

How does payment work?

There are 40 Think Camp lessons over the course of each year. There are 12 break weeks during this period during which there are NO classes. Monthly payments are made over 11 months of the year (No payment is made in December).

Some months will have more lessons and some months will have fewer lessons (ranging from 3 to 5) but you ALWAYS get 40 lessons over the course of the year.

And most importantly, YOU CAN CANCEL AT ANYTIME FOR ANY REASON! We rely on a brilliant product to make our money, not dodgy, predatory pricing practices.

P.S. We use Payfast as our chosen payment gateway (the same payment gateway used by Takealot, Superbalist.com and CLM Home).

What equipment will we need?

I am so glad you asked this question!

We don’t need anything state of the art BUT at a minimum you will need a FAST and RESPONSIVE desktop or laptop computer. You should not have to wait an age and a day for a webpage to load. You will also need a pair of headphones, a microphone and an external mouse.

Finally you will need a RELIABLE internet connection – we suggest a minimum of 10mbps download and upload speed.

What timeslot can we pick?

Our classes run at 3:30pm, 4:30pm and 5:30pm (SAST) Monday to Thursday. You will give us your availability and from this we are able to place 95% of applicants in a suitable slot.

What coding languages do you teach?

Our philosophy is to teach Code and Logic, not a specific coding language. There are, of course, thousands of different languages with some languages being better for some tasks than others. However, we want RocketHour students to understand the principles that underly all coding languages allowing them to develop into flexible, intelligent coders.

Of course, we must work with specific languages to teach these foundational principles. We have therefore spent thousands of hours selecting languages based on their ability to EDUCATE.

We work primarily with MIT’s Scratch, LiveCode and Python (via the REPLIT platform).

Will my kid enjoy RocketHour?

Yes! In fact, we GUARANTEE it. We have a Passion Guarantee. If your child does not LOVE RocketHour after the first month, we will give you your money back. No questions!

What if my kid does code at school?

That is great. Think Camp will stretch them further than any school ever could. Our students quickly become the best coders in their school classes. Advanced students also love RocketHour because our program is built to always provide challenge. Win-win!

Will we get a certificate?

Absoloodle! Every RocketHour year is divided into 4 Checkpoint Periods consisting of approximately 10 lessons each. At the end of every Checkpoint Period, parents will receive a stylish certificate along with a report on their child’s Checkpoint Project.

Do parents get feedback?

Affirmative. The morning after every lesson, parents receive detailed feedback via WhatsApp. This ain’t no generic plug and run comment. No, parents will immediately notice that our tutors REALLY know their kid. We give parents progress reports for the lesson and provide a personalized recommendation on what activities students should try before the next lesson.

Where are you based?

We work with kids from all over the world. However, our core team is proudly based in Cape Town, South Africa. If you ever swing by, give us a shout!

What's your story?

While taking a sabbatical from school teaching, our founders, John and Caitlin Naiker traveled around Europe. While exploring a remote island off the coast of Donegal, Ireland, they came across a group of glum school children. How could kids be so bored amidst all this beauty?

After striking up some conversations – they found the problem. The kids had been sent to learn Gaelic – a dying language only spoken in the most remote of locations. However, despite a huge governmental drive to revive the dying language, the kids had their own opinions. “Why learn something that will never help me in the future?” said one youth.

With this insight, the John and Caitlin went on to investigate what kids REALLY wanted to learn. What were kids REALLY passionate about?

‘Technology,’ was the answer!

For the past 7 years they have been researching, learning and applying all of their teaching skills creating world class technology programmes through Think Camp. Their work has brought them in contact with over 3000 students in over 10 different countries. They now lead a team of 30 awesome individuals who all together make RocketHour the best in the business!