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APSU announces return of Summer Coding Camps sponsored by Google


Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s popular summer coding camps return to APSU’s Clarksville campus this year after the pandemic forced officials to cancel last year’s camps.

Austin Peay State University Summer Coding Camps. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Summer Coding Camps. (APSU)

And anyone who wants to attend the camps can sign up at a steep discount. The first half of campers who sign up will get a 90% discount off the normal $99.00 price. All other campers will get a 60% discount. The discount codes are on the coding camp website.

“We secured a $40,000 grant from Google to fund these camps, and we want to make sure that anyone who wants to go to these camps can go at a substantial discount,” said Dr. James Church, associate professor in APSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. “So, literally, it’s 10 bucks to sign up for a weeklong camp.”

Austin Peay also has added two new offerings to the summer coding camps – Minecraft camps for both middle and high school students and girls-preferred camps.

Austin Peay State University Summer Coding Camps. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Summer Coding Camps. (APSU)

“The students in the Minecraft camps will get a free year of Minecraft (education edition) that they can take home with them,” Church said. “But the camp is not going to be just playing Minecraft, it’s going to be the basics to programming in Minecraft.”

Church also hopes the girls-preferred camps will give girls and young women a more comfortable space to attend the normally male-dominated camps.

This summer, Austin Peay State University is offering 10 camps – including the popular “Make Your Own Website” and “Make Your Own Video Games” camps. All camps are half-day and Monday-Friday.


Middle School Camps

For those entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades.


High School Camps

For those entering ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grades and those entering their first year of college.

The camps will be at APSU’s state-of-the-art computer labs in the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building and the College of STEM Technology Building.

All the camps are led by Austin Peay State University bachelor’s or master’s degree students (currently Nicholas Fox, Johnathan Dickson, Timothy Jordan, and Tanner Jones). Dr. Church designed the course curriculum.

Masks are required, and instructors will enforce social distancing. The labs also will be at half-capacity to follow Austin Peay COVID-19 guidelines.

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Sponsored by Google

The summer coding camps are heavily funded by a competitive grant from Google. Austin Peay also recently received Google community grants to support a new makerspace at the APSU GIS Center and Operation: STEM Success, which offers free Algebra I and chemistry tutoring to local high school students.




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