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Summer Computer Coding Camps

June 3-7 and June 10-14, 2019

This camp will be offered for students who have just completed grade 7 or 8 (June 3-7), and for those who have completed grade 5 or 6 (June 10-14). These coding camps will be taught by Charles Friesen, Ph.D., adjunct professor of mathematics at Bethel. He will be assisted by Bethel mathematics students. Below is a description of the camps.

Applications may be completed and submitted on the web. A maximum of 16 students will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis for each week. Applications must be received by April 1, 2019, in order to be considered.

Students who are accepted will be notified by e-mail on about April 15, 2019. Accepted students must confirm their intention to attend by e-mail and by submitting the registration fee of $60 (includes textbook on Scratch) by May 1, 2019; scholarships are available for students who are unable to pay the registration fee (contact Dr. Friesen). Students who do not confirm their intentions to attend will be dropped from the roster so that others can attend.

Coding with Scratch

The activities of each week will focus on learning to code using Scratch software. Scratch 3.0 is a web-based coding program designed for students ages 8-16 and created at the MIT Media Lab.  By moving and combining blocks of Scratch code, students create interactive adventures, stories, games, and animations.

Just as building blocks enable children to imagine and create a variety of structures, the Scratch coding blocks allow students to imagine, create and share an amazing variety of projects.

This web-based program is free of charge. Students can use Scratch at home, during and after the coding camp.

The camps will meet in the Bethel College Will Academic Center Computer Lab.

June 3-7, 2019 - 9:00 - 12:00:  For students who have completed grades 7 or 8.
June 10-14, 2019 - 9:00 - 12:00: For students who have completed grades 5 or 6.

Scratch Coding Examples

Scratch coding examples

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