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Austin Peay State University summer Coding Camps now include Elementary, Middle School

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) is expanding its coding camps this summer to include elementary and middle school students after a successful 2018.

And the new campers will get a bonus: They’ll program and work with a robot.

Junior coders participate in a coding class during the spring 2019 semester at Austin Peay State University.

Junior coders participate in a coding class during the spring 2019 semester at Austin Peay State University.

“I’m excited about all the coding camps, but I’m really excited about the elementary school students getting to work with a robot,” said Dr. James Church, assistant professor in the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

“They’ll watch the robot move around the room. They’ll program the robot with really simple commands. They’ll give the robot a set of instructions, and the robot will fulfill those instructions,” Church stated.

The robot – the Wonder Workshop Dash – offers children a way to watch their virtual coding turn into tangible experiences in real time as it interacts with and responds to its surroundings, according to the company’s website.

More About The Camps

Austin Peay will host seven camps over six weeks, and they’re open to incoming kindergartners through incoming college freshmen.

“For the younger children, what I really want to convey is computers work by following the instructions you give them,” Church said. “For the older students, I hope to convey just how much work, thought and detail goes into their favorite video games, that they’re a tremendous amount of work. This is an art form to be appreciated.”

The camps are offered in half-day and full-day formats, Monday-Friday, and are available weekly June 10th-July 12th. The cost for the half-day camps is $99.00 each week, and the cost for the all-day camps is $199.00 each week other than the four-day Python-programming week ($179.00).

All camps are led by Austin Peay computer science bachelor’s and master’s students and overseen by APSU professors. The camps will be in Austin Peay’s state-of-the-art computer labs. All equipment and software are provided.

Here are the camps:

K-2nd Grade Tynker Coding for Kids:

  • When: June 10th-14th. Half-day 9:00am-noon. No lunch, but snacks provided.
  • What: Tynker is a visual programming tool used to teach children how to make games and programs. Parents are allowed to sit in, but don’t have to.
  • Deadline: Application deadline is June 3rd. Register here.

 

 

3rd-5th Grade Tynker Coding for Kids:

  • When: June 10th-14th. Half-day 1:30pm-4:30pm. No lunch, but snacks provided.
  • What: Tynker is a visual programming tool used to teach children how to make games and programs.
  • Deadline: Application deadline is June 3rd. Register here.

6th-8th Grade Construct 2 Coding for Middle Schoolers:

  • When: June 17th-21st. Half-day 9:00am-noon. No lunch, but snacks provided.
  • What: Construct 2 is a powerful ground-breaking HTML5 game creator designed specifically for 2-dimensional games.
  • Deadline: Application deadline is June 10th. Register here.

6th-8th Grade Construct 2 Coding for Middle Schoolers:

  • When: June 17th-21st. Half-day 1:30pm-4:30pm. No lunch, but snacks provided.
  • What: Construct 2 is a powerful ground-breaking HTML5 game creator designed specifically for 2-dimensional games.
  • Deadline: Application deadline is June 10th. Register here.

9th Grade-College Freshmen HTML, CSS, JavaScript Programming:

  • When: June 24th-28th. All-day 9:00am-3:30pm. Lunch, snacks and free T-shirt provided.
  • What: Learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the languages of the internet and web.
  • Deadline: Application deadline is June 17th. Register here.

9th Grade-College Freshmen Python Programming:

  • When: July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th. All-day 9:00am-3:00pm. No camp on July 4th. Lunch, snacks and free T-shirt provided.
  • What: Learn Python, the hottest programming language.
  • Deadline: Application deadline is June 24th. Register here.

 

 

9th Grade-College Freshmen Unity C# Game Development:

  • When: July 8th-12th. All-day 9:00am-3:30pm. Lunch, snacks and free T-shirt provided.
  • What: Learn Unity C#, one of the most popular game development engines.
  • Deadline: Application deadline is July 1st. Register here.

To Learn More

For more about the coding camps, visit www.apsu.edu/csci/camp/coding.

For more information, email or call 931.221.7840.


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