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Coding Bootcamp: Comprehensive App Development for Grades 6-8

Coding Bootcamp: Comprehensive App Development for Grades 6-8

Dive into the world of technology with our Coding Bootcamp: Comprehensive App Development course, designed to turn students into proficient coders and innovative app developers.

This intensive program covers a spectrum of programming languages, from the beginner-friendly Scratch to the more advanced Python, ensuring students become well-versed in various coding syntaxes and paradigms. This comprehensive approach prepares them for many software development challenges in diverse environments. As part of the course, students will focus on developing functional applications and learning about app design, user interface, and user experience. They'll apply these concepts in real-world projects, enhancing their logical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities. Additionally, this course aims to prepare students for the ever-evolving technology landscape, emphasizing adaptability, continuous learning, and a mindset geared towards innovation and ongoing improvement. Coding Bootcamp is more than just a learning experience; it's a launchpad into the future of technology, equipping students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the dynamic world of tech.

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  • Camp Hours: 9AM-3PM
  • After Camp, M-TH: 3PM -6PM*
  • Friday Family Showcase: 2PM-3PM

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  • About Coding Bootcamp: Comprehensive App Development for Grades 6-8

    This rigorous camp spans a variety of programming languages, starting with block-based Scratch and advancing to text-based Python, to ensure students can master a range of coding languages and techniques. This holistic approach readies them for a variety of software development tasks across different platforms. Students will craft adventurous applications throughout the course while delving into design, user interfaces, and user experiences.

  • Topics Covered

    • Exploring programming fundamentals through Scratch and Python.
    • Developing interactive animations and basic applications.
    • Enhancing problem-solving skills with real-world coding projects.
    • Fostering adaptability and continuous learning in technology.

  • Proficiency in Multiple Programming Languages

    Students will be proficient in various programming languages, from beginner-friendly platforms like Scratch to more advanced languages like Python. This comprehensive approach ensures that students are well-versed in various coding syntaxes and paradigms and prepares them for diverse software development challenges and environments.

  • Application Development and Software Problem-Solving Skills

    The course focuses on developing students' abilities to create functional applications. They will learn about app design, user interface, and user experience principles, applying these concepts in real-world software development projects, enhancing students' capabilities in logical thinking and creative solution finding.

  • Preparation for the Evolving Tech Landscape

    Students will gain skills and knowledge that prepare them for the ever-changing technology landscape. The course emphasizes staying adaptable and continuously learning, key traits in the tech industry. This outcome encourages students to think critically about technological developments and fosters a mindset geared towards innovation and continuous improvement.

Sample Schedule

Here’s a sample of what a week in this course could look like. Keep in mind, our experienced instructors will build the camp that is right for your student, and this outline demonstrates some of the key materials and the overall camp experience.

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Monday: Discovering Programming Languages

Students dive into the programming world, contrasting Scratch's simplicity with Python's versatility. The day is spent exploring Scratch's potential in game development and creating basic animations.

Tuesday: Introduction to Python with Replit

The journey into Python begins with crafting a simple script on Replit, understanding data types, and building a basic calculator app.

Wednesday: Advancing Python Skills

Students delve into more complex Python concepts, focusing on input processing and error handling as they finalize their calculator app.

Thursday: Exploring Conditional Logic

Conditional statements take the spotlight, with students learning to incorporate if-else and nested constructions into their code.

Friday: Refinement and Showcase

Students test, debug, refine, and prepare to showcase their week's work, presenting their 'Basic Calculator App' and 'Console Adventure Game' to peers. This day celebrates their achievements and the vast learning journey undertaken, highlighting their growth as programmers.

Course Format

This course is part of a weeklong summer camp running Monday through Friday. Your child will learn in a small group setting on an inspiring university campus from an experienced instructor. An exciting daily schedule balances learning and exploration of this topic with a variety of outdoor and recreational activities within the larger camp setting. Lunch and aftercare options are available based on location.

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Our Instructors Are Our Top Asset

At BAM!, our vision for innovative K-8 education extends beyond just curriculum; it encompasses the educators who bring that curriculum to life. Selecting & training our educators is a continuous and meticulous process, ensuring they are not just equipped with subject matter expertise but also the skills to inspire and connect with students on a personal level.

  • 100% adult educators recruited from prestigious universities ( No CITs at BAM!)
  • Highly refined interview and background check process 
  • Extensive training that goes well beyond curriculum & classroom management
  • Ongoing year-round opportunities to teach in our summer camp. After-school, and structured recess programs.

We celebrate your success!

Upon the conclusion of your child's program, they will be presented with an official Brains & Motion Education certification.