Step-by-Step Coding Lessons

At Let's Start Coding, we try to provide the best way to start learning real code. What does that mean? Getting hands-on with projects that illustrate the concepts of programming.  

Most code is built on only a handful of concepts:

Loops, Statements, Variables, Operators, Syntax, and Functions

That's it.

Whether you have a Code Car or a Circuit Kit, you can find lessons below that will guide you to awesome new projects and skills!

Circuit Kit Lessons for Base and Ultimate Kits

The blink program uses the LED (light-emitting diode) built into the Maker Board to flash on and off.

2. Tones to a Speaker

You can make noise with some simple code! Get started with this program and move on to more complex sound effects and songs.

Bug Hunt One

We've inserted some errors into the "Blink" code. Can you find them and fix them using the computer's error messages?

3. Hold Button for LED

Get interactive with a button press. Combine a button with an LED for a basic project that you can turn into something so much more.

4. LED Flashlight

With the click of button, activate your LED. Another click to turn it off. Can you add more LEDs to this project?

5. Cycle LED with Button

Use a button to set the color of a red-green-blue (RGB) LED. Hold the button to strobe or modify code to create color combinations.

6. Four Note Piano

Combine four buttons and a speaker to create your own customizable piano. Then modify the code for new notes and combos.

7. Four Note Piano with Synced LED

Create a light and sound party by synchronizing an LED with a four note piano.

Bug Hunt Two

We've inserted some errors into the "Four Note Piano with Synchronized LED" code. Can you find them and fix them using the computer's error messages?

8. Button-Activated Siren

Create a siren that changes with a button. Modify code to alter speed and pitch.

9. Button-Activated LED Fade

Fade an LED light using a button. Experiment with code to change the speed.

10. Automatic Siren

Using for loops, create a siren that rises and falls automatically with code!

11. LED Fade

Automatically fade an LED light up and down with your own computer program.

12. Tune LED Colors with Button

Write code that lets you mix three colors together to create hundreds of cool combos.

13. Dice Roll

"Roll" a digital dice using an LED light and some computer code! Learn about programming a computer to make random decisions for you and create a fun tool.

 

14. Sound Samples

Use loops, functions, and variables to create all kinds of cool sounds with just a speaker and a button. Then think up new ways to use code for all kinds of noises.

 

Code Car step-by-step lessons

1. Headlight On

First thing's first! Start your drive with a bright yellow headlight.

In case of a breakdown, it's important to learn to blink your tail light on and off!

3. Flash Both Sirens

Code Car is more than your typical sedan. Flash the red and blue siren lights on the roof!

4. Toggle Your Sirens

Customize the toggle of your siren LEDs on and off like a police siren!

5. Beep the Horn

No car is complete without a little noise! Control the automatic horn on Code Car.

6. Car Tunes

Why stop at one tone on the horn? Use code to customize the beeps or make a tune!

7. Brake Pedal

No car would be complete without brakes! Program a button to flash the tail light.

8. Honk the Horn

Let everyone know that you've arrived! Code a button to beep the horn when you hold it.

9. Honk the (Variable) Horn

Customize your horn to honk on any button with ease.

10. Rising Pitch Horn

Why should your horn sound the same every time you honk it? Code an entertaining (or prank) horn.

11. Siren Lights Button

When you need stealth, you need to leave your siren off until just the right time. Program a button to turn on the LED siren.

12.Siren Toggle Button

Code Car has lots of buttons- let's use them! Control each siren LED with its own button.

13. Backup Alarm

Look out behind! When you reverse Code Car, flash the tail light and beep the horn.

14. Headlight Switch

Free up your hands by 'locking' the headlights into the on or off postion using your coding skills.

 
 

Hack the Code Car

For you adventurous (or advanced) coders, check out the Code Car with all of its features- and then customize them yourself!

 

How Our Coding Kits Work

Let's Start Coding teaches coding to kids using electronic kits, real code examples and step-by-step guides. It's easier to learn by taking something apart than starting from scratch. That's why we created hundreds of lines of example code to help you.

Get Your Kit
Our Base Coding Kit is the best place to start for beginners.
 

Get Hands On
Our step-by-step lessons illustrate code concepts with fun projects that will actually teach programming to kids.

Set Up Your Computer
We'll guide you through the process of setting up your computer to code online.
 

Step Up To The Challenge(s)
Each project challenges the student to move beyond coding toys and start coding software.

Watch Intro Video
Watch a short video explaining the different pages of a program and how you can modify real code.

Explore More Projects
Start exploring! Choose the component you want to tinker with - LED lights, sensors, maker screen, and jump in! 

Are You Stuck?

Part of learning to code is to simply dig into the electronics, hardware and programming language.  But, we know that kids learning to code can get frustrated easily.  That's where we come in.  

If you are stuck and don't know what to do next, let us know.  We'll come to the rescue!