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Welcome to the Schaefer Polk Computational Thinking Camps. We are part of the Durham Academy Summer Program. This site supports the summer camps that Karl Schaefer and Donovan Polk will conduct.


What is Computational Thinking? The image from Barefoot Computing does a great job of highlighting what we consider to be Computational Thinking.

Our camps feature many of the concepts and approaches shown in the graphic. We spend a lot of time working with verbs: Develop, Adjust, Participate, Adapt, and Adhere.

Our camps allow campers to learn at their pace. Campers have access to the tools after camps for further learning opportunities.

Week 5 Camps

3D Design and Printing

Week 5: July 6 -10 AM

Middle School Ages 11 - 15

The 3D Design and Printing class will be an entry level camp for campers in grades 5 - 8 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 CS First and Scratch Programming

Week 5: July 6 -10 PM

Middle School Ages 11 - 15

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 https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/s/en/home and http://scratch.mit.edu

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

3D Design and Printing

Week 6: July 13 - 17 AM

Middle School Ages 11 - 15

The 3D Design and Printing class will be an entry level camp for campers in grades 5 - 8 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 13 - 17 PM

Middle School Ages 11 - 15

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 https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/s/en/home and http://scratch.mit.edu

Build and Explore Virtual Reality - New for 2020

Week 7: July 20-24 - AM

Middle School Ages 11 - 15

The Build and Explore Virtual Reality camp will use Cospaces Edu https://cospaces.io/edu/ to Create 3D Virtual or Augmented Creations. “CoSpaces Edu is a simple drag and drop process using a variety of creation features including 3D objects, building blocks, multimedia uploads, block-based coding, and much more. CoSpaces Edu's visual coding language CoBlocks is ideal for young coders and a great introduction to computational thinking.” https://cospaces.io/edu/

Campers will design an AR or VR Cospace, which they will be able to explore in AR or VR using Merge Goggles. Campers will have access to MERGE Cubes allowing campers to build a MERGE Cube CoSpace to project onto the MERGE Cube. Campers will also learn how to upload 3D objects from https://poly.google.com/ to use in their Cospaces Creations.


Play 2 Learn 2 Code with Mr. Schaefer

Week 7: July 20-24 PM

Middle School Ages 11 - 15

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