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Welcome to the Durham Academy Coding Camps. As part of the Durham Academy Summer Program we will use this site to support the summer camps that Karl Schaefer, Hutch Castelao, and Donovan Polk will conduct.

Why your children should attend either our coding camps or a coding camp is illustrated well in this article from Google for Education. http://googleforeducation.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-computer-science-pipeline-and.html

“By 2022, the computer and mathematical occupations group is expected to yield more than 1.3 million job openings. However, unlike in most occupational groups, more job openings will stem from growth than from the need to replace workers who change occupations or leave the labor force.” -Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Projection Report, 2012.

" More than 3 in 4 of these 1.3M jobs will require at least a Bachelor’s degree in CS or an Information Technology (IT) area. With our current production of only 16,000 CS undergraduates per year, we are way off the mark. Furthermore, within this too-small pipeline of CS graduates, is an even smaller supply of diverse - women and underrepresented minority (URM) - students. In 2013, only 14% of graduates were women and 20% URM."

Week 4 Camps

Become a Code Monkey

July 1-3 (Only 3 Days - No camp on July 4 and 5) AM

A code monkey is a term for a novice computer programmer. At some point in every computer programmers life, they were a code monkey. This camp will start at the basics and provide campers with an opportunity to become more then a code monkey. We will start our coding journey with Blockly, an online site developed by Google to introduce programming to novices with a drag and drop interface. As our coding journey continues we will spend time using Code.org which will leave them a long path to travel after camp on their coding journey.

Students will either use no accounts or use accounts setup and managed by Mr. Schaefer. Campers and parents will have access to these accounts which can be used after camp for more learning.

Play 2 Learn 2 Code

Week 4: July 1-3 (Only 3 Days - No camp on July 4 and 5) AM

The Play 2 Learn 2 Code camp will use CodeMonkey which is a web-based site that allows campers to develop the foundational skills of programming in a real programming language. From the very first moment in CodeMonkey, campers start to write code in a real-world programming language called CoffeeScript. CoffeeScript is a modern open-source programming language that compiles to JavaScript, and similarly to JavaScript it is used in the industry primarily for web applications. Through the CodeMonkey program campers will learn advanced Computer Science concepts such as loops, variables, functions, conditions and more. (Some information from CodeMonkey.com)

Learn more at https://www.playcodemonkey.com

Week 5 Camps

3D Design and Printing

July 8 -12 AM

The 3D Design and Printing class will be an entry level camp for campers in grades 7 - 10 that have limited experience with 3D Design and Printing. Campers will work with TinkerCad to create design challenges. Campers will be able to print their designs. Camp is limited to 15 campers. Campers will be required to have access to a web based email address for creating accounts to use the various software.

Storytelling with Google CS First and Scratch Programming

Week 5: July 8- 12 PM

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. In this camp you will create and share your own digital stories! Use the computer to design your own stories, create and share your own animations, and learn how technology is used in the film and media industry!

Imagine, Program and Share are the key elements of what the free Scratch software can allow campers to create. The software is free, the application is logical and campers will be supported in their learning of the programming language by a seasoned crew of instructors. Young people need to be exposed to programming at an early level to learn how the technology behind computers and games actually work and this is a great camp for that exposure. Come to this camp and “scratch” the programming itch!

Learn more at http://www.cs-first.com/ and http://scratch.mit.edu

Information for Parents http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/

3D Design and Printing

Week 6 AM - July 15- 19 AM

The 3D Design and Printing class will be an entry level camp for campers in grades 7 - 10 that have limited experience with 3D Design and Printing. Campers will work with TinkerCad to create design challenges. Campers will be able to print their designs. Camp is limited to 15 campers. Campers will be required to have access to a web based email address for creating accounts to use the various software.

Game Design with Google CS First and Scratch Programming

Week 6: July July 15- 19 PM

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. In this camp you will create your own video games!

Design and program your own video games using code and computer science. In Sports, students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.

Imagine, Program and Share are the key elements of what the free Scratch software can allow campers to create. The software is free, the application is logical and campers will be supported in their learning of the programming language by a seasoned crew of instructors. Young people need to be exposed to programming at an early level to learn how the technology behind computers and games actually work and this is a great camp for that exposure. Come to this camp and “scratch” the programming itch!

Learn more at http://www.cs-first.com/ and http://scratch.mit.edu

Play 2 Learn 2 Code

Week 7: July 22-26 AM

The Play 2 Learn 2 Code camp will use CodeMonkey which is a web-based site that allows campers to develop the foundational skills of programming in a real programming language. From the very first moment in CodeMonkey, campers start to write code in a real-world programming language called CoffeeScript. CoffeeScript is a modern open-source programming language that compiles to JavaScript, and similarly to JavaScript it is used in the industry primarily for web applications. Through the CodeMonkey program campers will learn advanced Computer Science concepts such as loops, variables, functions, conditions and more. (Some information from CodeMonkey.com)

Learn more at https://www.playcodemonkey.com

Art, Design and Coding with Google CS First and Scratch

Week 7: July 22-26 PM

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education. In this camp you will create your own video games!

Design and program your own video games using code and computer science. In Sports, students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.

Imagine, Program and Share are the key elements of what the free Scratch software can allow campers to create. The software is free, the application is logical and campers will be supported in their learning of the programming language by a seasoned crew of instructors. Young people need to be exposed to programming at an early level to learn how the technology behind computers and games actually work and this is a great camp for that exposure. Come to this camp and “scratch” the programming itch!

Learn more at http://www.cs-first.com/ and http://scratch.mit.edu