Rocket Hour: Intermediate Track

GRADE
5 – 8
WEEKLY HOURS
2 hours,
1hr main lesson + 1hr extension
COURSE DURATION
36 lessons over 10 months
FEES
R1200 R950 monthly for 10 months
(No commitments, cancel at any time)
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This course quickly covers all the concepts taught in the beginner track and then moves on to more advanced concepts and applications. While the bulk of this course is in Scratch, we will also introduce two new text-based coding languages (Python and LiveCode) giving students a taste of the wide world of coding.

All of the learning of this course is practical. Students design fully functional games and apps from the ground up. Through these projects and challenges, they learn powerful coding concepts seldom covered in school-level work, in a manner that is straightforward, project-based and energising. In this course, learning has never been so exciting; students can’t wait for the next problem to solve, game to build or project to complete.

What will my child learn?

Project Management

Learn how to break down complex projects into simple achievable goals. Learn skills used by professional coding teams to chunk and test parts of a project before putting it together as an exciting whole.

Essential Coding

Learn essential coding principles through completing multiple projects and solving a variety of carefully structured problems. We focus on the logic of if-statements, variables, functions, loops and sequencing along with the core principles of software design. Code in Scratch, Python and LiveCode.

Basic Design

Coding is creating. Learn how to design characters, animations, backdrops and enemies in a powerful vector-design interface. These designs will bring your games and apps to life, making them your very own.

How does a Rocket Hour course work?

Initial Assessment

All potential students start with a one-on-one assessment with a Rocket Hour instructor. We assess existing coding knowledge (if any) and computer skills and help you pick the perfectly-paced course for your child. This way, all our students feel suitably challenged and are assigned to groups with like-minded peers.

Weekly Lesson

Students log-on to our remote platform 15 minutes before the lesson. At the scheduled start time, the tutor connects to them via a remote support system and does a check-in followed by a brief explanation of the day's challenges. Students then work at their own pace through the exciting projects and challenges set out for them.

Weekly Extension

After the lesson ends, students have access the the weekly extension: a mini-project or puzzle that relates to the lesson. Students go through the extension in their own time over the course of the week, submitting it for review before their next lesson. Extensions are both fun and optional and should never become a chore.

Flexible Scheduling

As your child's afternoon schedule changes from term to term, you are welcome to reschedule your weekly Rocket Hour lesson slot if there is alternative. In addition to this, should your afternoon schedule become too busy, you may cancel your Rocket Hour subscription at any point.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you only work with kids from Grade 3 to Grade 9?

At this stage, yes. Please sign up to our mailing list and we will let you know when we accept older or younger kids onto the programme.

Am I locked in for the full duration?

No, you are free to cancel at any time. However, we strongly recommend committing to the full 36 lesson duration of the course to recieve maximum benifit.

How does payment work?

The course fee is broken down over 10 months allowing you to pay in monthly installments. Payments are made with a debit or credit card via PayFast, a secure online payment gateway.

What if my child has already done Scratch at school?

Excellent, this experience will help them. However, we also run an initial assessment with all participants to help them find the best track and all coding experience will be to their credit.

Can my child come on a different day next week?

If there is another time slot available, we will try and accommodate you.