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Get Youth Coding with Short Lessons and Activities

Take learning to the next level in your afterschool clubs or camps with programming projects from Texas Instruments (TI).

These free STEM activities are great introductions to coding when paired with trusted TI technology and allow youth to use real-world techniques to collect and analyze data, as an on-ramp to robotics and more!

The easiest way to engage middle school aged youth in programming and spark their interest in coding and computer science is to start with the 10 Minutes of Code lessons. These activities help them grasp the fundamentals of coding by using TI-Basic to explore variables, conditional statements, loops and other programming concepts.

Once youth familiarize themselves with the technology and basics of coding, they can move on to additional fun activities, including putting together a pet car alarm, building a digital mood ring and coding a musical composition. TI STEM Projects immerse youth in lessons that motivate and encourage collaborative problem-solving of real-world issues and facilitate explorations in math, science and STEM.

TI provides the resources and support to help educators create rich, challenging and diverse afterschool STEM programs so they can motivate youth to become tomorrow's innovators.

For more information on our STEM lessons and activities, go to

Donald Tunstall is a Technology Adoption Consultant at Texas Instruments, where he's worked for over 17 years with math, science and STEM teachers in the implementation of TI technology. Tunstall is a former research assistant at a local medical school and former middle school science teacher. He also loves sports. You can reach him at

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