Hatch Coding and Space Summer Camp: Review and Giveaway

Youngest (9) embarked on a week of coding camp last week, courtesy of Hatch Canada, and he loved it.  In one week, he went from knowing nothing about coding (“What is coding?”) to using Java script to create and then upgrade various design and animation projects.  If you are still looking for camp options for the rest of the summer, read on!

Hatch Coding Camp teaches kids how to write computer code using JavaScript in a fun and engaging way.  With a ratio of one instructor to a maximum of six kids, the children work on their own laptops at their own pace.  Hatch’s proprietary educational platform is designed around the principles of self-paced and mastery-based learning to encourage children to challenge themselves.  Each project has optional bonus challenges, and the instructors mark and offer feedback as the kids complete each project.  Children work to build their own digital portfolios from a library of 600 projects including Minecraft, Star Wars, games, art, design apps, and much more.  The kids can continue working on their projects at home after camp if they like.  Hatch Space Camp gives kids hands-on experience with different space experiments and robot coding.

Hatch Canada has 3 locations: Toronto, Richmond Hill and Oakville.  Youngest went to the Toronto location, very conveniently located at Lawrence subway, and the space is light and bright and welcoming.  Coding Camp takes place on the airy second floor, and Space Camp on the ground floor.  We were cheerfully greeted every day, and the Hatch team of coaches were present in abundance.  I was impressed that the kids came out of their activities quietly and grounded.  There was none of the chaos and noise that sometimes accompanies the end of day at summer camp.  There are full-day and half-day camps to choose from, which I appreciated.  Half a day was perfect for our family: it gave my son a taste of what’s involved in coding, and he still had many hours in the day to be outside and see friends.  He learned a lot, he would say to other kids that it’s fun and challenging, and he did not want to leave on his last day!

If you are interested in sending your kids to either coding or space camp, we are giving away one week of half-day camp, valued at $430.  To enter, please do BOTH of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us which camp you’d like to win (coding or space camp)
  • Join Hatch Canada newsletter by signing up here (mandatory)

The giveaway will last until midnight Thursday, August 3, 2017.  The winner will be notified by email at the address associated with the comment profile.

Hatch is also offering Plenty readers a discount in the event that you enter and don’t win.  The discount is worth $50 and is valid until August 25.  Use the code: plentythemagazine

The programs are HST-exempt due to a positive ruling from the Ontario government, which believes in Hatch’s educational value.

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Hatch provided Plenty with one week of half-day camp in exchange for this review.  The opinions are our own.

9 thoughts

  1. How fun! My 12 yo daughter thinks the Coding Camp would be great. And her 8 yo brothers love the idea of doing this all together.

  2. Sounds awesome! My 12 year old son is interested in robots and programming. The space camp sounds perfect!

  3. My daughter isn’t always asking to try coding and robotics, and I think the coding camp would be really good for her so she can get a taste of what this is. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. My daughter has done a free assessment with another coding center and didn’t enjoy it at all as it was really designed for kids who already knew quite a bit about coding. I would love to win the camp and give her another opportunity to try her hand at coding in what sounds like the perfect environment!

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