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Intro To Coding

Ages 6 to 9

Ozobots, Robots and Cupcakes! A fun and interactive camp that will result in working animations created by your child!​

Intro to Coding

Ozobot is a powerful tiny robot that expands STEM and computer science learning through a collection of game based activities and digital apps! Ozobot’s easy to understand color code language is the ideal choice to introduce young minds to concepts that are vital to their success in the 21st century. 

This camp is perfect for our youngest aspiring coders because they will have an opportunity to use art and then code our Ozobots according to the colors used in their artwork.  We begin the camp with simple challenges using Ozobots and then move on to  challenges that will teach your children to program their Ozobot to navigate a maze and to move according to color. We add more Ozobots to the mix and soon have multiple Ozobots moving according to color all over the art. Ideas and creativity inspire campers as they create more artful challenges for their Ozobots.

We will introduce them to one of the most popular video game software packages available – developed by the engineers at MIT. We will teach children to write code using a drag and drop style block code that focuses on critical thinking, giving them a foundation for more difficult programming languages as they get older and more advanced in their development as a coder.

This camp is for children ages 6 to 9.

 A perfect combination of Ozobots, Art and Beginning Scratch (Developed by MIT) to introduce coding and game design. Kids will need and use these skills in the 21st Century and have fun learning and making their own working animations, designs and games!

The perfect mix of cutting edge technology to engage kids!

Learn, design and experiment with code and art! Gain knowledge in coding fundamentals and then rapidly proceed to using that knowledge with confidence while creating your own robots, games and animations. This course is aimed at entry-level coders aged 6 to 9.

Programming is a highly technical endeavor but it doesn’t have to be boring. Our instructors – and the Scratch community – make learning object-oriented programming easy, fun, and intuitive. Your children will practice story telling, storyboarding, problem solving and creativity. They will learn to program their own stories and games that they can choose to share on the web. (Sharing is optional.

WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN

Learn about control and sensors while programming the mini robot, the Ozobot.
Become a digital artist, creating your own characters, gifs and animations.
Design, create and share your new games.
Learn about graphical / block coding.
Join us for Code and Create Games with Ozobot Robotics & Scratch –

Computer programmers continue to top the list of top earners in the professional fields. Schools today are not equipped to teach high level coding skills and this has created a huge demand for programmers that isn’t likely to be filled anytime soon. Children who learn  programming now will be in a position to land high paying jobs in the future.

At the end of the camp, participants will:
• Be familiar with how robotics work
• Have hands-on experience with block coding and how to program the Evo robot
• Understand the importance of robotics

Scratch

Open your child’s eyes to the world of coding using Scratch, a program developed at the MIT Media Lab. Scratch is an easy-to-use online platform that lets kids create digital art and coding projects.

Campers in this course experiment with Scratch, the create game-based programs using the most popular coding software for this age group. By the end of the week, students will have a small library of games to play at home that they created themselves. Campers take their Scratch Video Games home on flash-drives.

Software used: Scratch 2.0

Campers tackle a variety of exciting projects while gaining insight and experience into many aspects and functions of computer coding. Each day introduces a new, relevant and creative topic – robotics, animation, games – which takes campers from the basics in that field to the point where they can design and build their own ideas. At the end of the course, each student decides which topic they wish to pursue further and spends one day gaining expertise and creating an original project specific to that area.

This course exposes campers to a variety of tools and techniques that will enhance their understanding of programming and design, allowing them to continue their journey into code at home. A perfect starter course, Junior Coder allows children to delve into different areas of technology and art and find out which parts of the world of computer science excite and inspire them the most.

Classes Fill Up Quick

Prices 2019

Half Day AM and PM

$245

Full Day

$385

Registration Options:

Before Care

Weekly Fee: $30

After Care

Weekly Fee: $60

*Rates shown do not include discounts!

Locations and Camp Sessions Offered for Summer 2019

Washington DC - Southeast

DATES: Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 28

Hill Center (Capitol Hill)
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Alexandria Summer Camp

DATES: Monday, June 17, 2019 - Friday, August 9, 2019

Assembly of God Church
700 W Braddock Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22302

North Arlington/McLean Summer Camp

DATES: Weeks of June 17, June 24, July 1,
August 5 and August 12

Memorial Baptist Church
3455 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207

South Arlington Summer Camp

DATES: Monday, July 8, 2019 - Saturday, August 17, 2019

Unitarian Universalist Church
4444 Arlington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22204

McLean SUMMER CAMP

DATES: Monday July 8 through Friday July 26

McLean Baptist Church
1367 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA 22101

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