Ages: Entering Grade 5-8
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Dates: Session I: July 6-10; Session II: July 13-17
Tuition: $200 per session
Technical Requirements: Computer, wifi, Google Docs, Zoom, Code.org account (free!)
Instructor: Wendy Van Norden
Want to design and program a game of your very own? This is your chance! Students will use Blockly, a beginner-friendly programming language, to explore the foundations of computer science and game design. They will also learn why coding is important in the “real world” and how it is used in a variety of industries, including agriculture, medicine, and cybersecurity!
By the end of this course, students will have a foundation of basic coding skills and have made at least one interactive game! More experienced coders will be able to reinforce their current skills and take on tougher projects, such as app design. All will walk away with project ideas they can continue working on beyond the course based on their individual interests. This course intends to act as a launching off point for students and to open their eyes to the lifelong, creative opportunities that coding can offer them!
This course is led by Wendy Van Norden, eighth grade science and robotics teacher at McDonogh School.