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Where Can I Login and Log out?

The login URL is https://KidsCodeCS.com/login. If needed, use the Forget Password link to reset your password.

How Do I Get a Refund or Other Help?

Email us your information at . For the 10 years we’ve published the magazine, we’ve given refunds on demand for a simple reason: we only want happy subscribers.

What’s the Age for your magazine?

That’s an interesting question. The official answer is ages 8-12+. The reality is much more unexpected. While kids read and tell us they love our magazine, it’s parents, relatives, teachers, librarians, and other adults who often subscribe as a way to learn alongside kids in their lives. And, of course, teachers and librarians subscribe often to help with curriculum or reinforce what they teach and STEAM events they hold for kids.

Why a Print Magazine? In 2023?

Another interesting question. Print went out with the last millennium. Except it didn’t really. And far more interesting, a print magazine for kids ages 8-12 reinforces their natural growth patterns during these years.

Kids 8-12 years old are caught between being little kids and being teenagers. They become less interested in themselves and much more interested in how they fit into the world around them. It’s the age when kids develop their first real interest which can turn into a lifelong passion. Kids who love video games, for example, might become curious about how games are created with code.

Most kids 8-12 years old also begin to use phones, tablets, and laptops to get information and to interact with the world. It’s important for them to understand how technology works so that they can use technology as a tool to benefit themselves and their communities. Digital literacy is a critical skill for them to learn and practice.

This age also is a critical time for youths to feel empowered and positive about themselves, no matter what happens around them in school and in their lives with family and friends.

beanz magazine’s often quirky humor and relatable content helps kids to feel positive and empowered, learn about how to use technology safely and efficiently, and help develop their individual interests and identities.

For example, every copy of beanz magazine is addressed to one young person. It belongs to them. Unlike a STEM class or after school program, their copies of the magazine are available at any time and anywhere for reading and exploration. Many articles don’t require internet access or a computer. The magazine also helps them practice their reading, math, and logic skills. And the magazine shows readers how technology is used in cultures around the world. Readers see people like themselves in our content. And they become accustomed to seeing how people different from them use technology to solve problems and have fun.

Why a Non-Profit?

TLDR; version: the founder and publisher grew up in Northern California and believes information should be as free as possible. It’s also a tale of two possible worlds that kids can grow up in.

The US census estimates there are 24 million US kids ages 6-11 years old. Code.org, which provides STEM curriculum to K-12 students, claims 50 million students have used their content. It would be easy to assume most or all of these kids have access to computers and the internet.

However, there are two different worlds for kids 8-12 years old. The US Department of Education says there are 8 million youths in grades 3-7 in Title 1 school programs, for example. And kids these ages also show up in food banks, homeless shelters, and battered women’s shelters. Their life circumstances make it difficult for them to keep up with digital skills and information that their better off peers enjoy.

We actively distribute free beanz magazine subscriptions to individuals, schools, and groups who request our magazine. We donate about 15-20% of the copies we print to Title 1 schools and other places where underserved youths show up. Our goal is to help these kids learn about the same information and technologies as their more privileged peers. Despite different life circumstances, all kids should be able to understand and use technology in positive ways, for themselves and for their communities.

If you agree, we encourage you to help us by donating a subscription or two or three or ten. Whatever you can give is appreciated.