UNH Summer Computer Camp

 

 

EPIC

UNH Summer Computer Camp 2014

(Elementary Program Introducing Computing)

Everyone should learn a computer language because it teaches you how to think. I think of computer science as a liberal art.” Steve Jobs

 

Computer science is driving an economic and cultural revolution across the globe at the same time that it is fading from the K-12 landscape in the U.S. We simply are not doing enough to help students get exposure to engaging and rigorous computer science.

John White, Executive Director and CEO of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

 

Goal:              

UNH’s EPIC Week of Computing camp is designed to inspire the next generation of computing innovators and give elementary students exposure to computational thinking and programming.  Students will learn how to think logically and creatively through fun games, challenging puzzles and visual programming.  Students will also be engaged in building and programming Lego Mindstorm robots to tackle mini real world challenges. The camp will show why computer science is fun and how it helps our everyday life through innovations and technologies.  STEM work with camp students will continue via participation in the FIRST Lego League Robotics Program and local district and regional competitions.

 

Time:            1:15 pm- 4:00 pm, July 21-25, 2014

Location:      Kingsbury Hall W114, UNH

Age:               Students entering Grades 3–6 in fall 2014.  Camp size is limited to 20.

Cost:              $175 per week. $50 discount if also enrolled in morning KEEPERS camp.

 

Activities:

Activities are designed to engage students in problem solving and enhance student’s critical reasoning skills. Students are encouraged to think creatively as well as to work collaboratively in a team.  Each day will bring a new challenge and students will experience the success of problem solving through a variety of games and puzzles.  We will use some popular educational program and software designed for elementary and early middle school age children.

 

-       Code.org: Students will play online puzzle games emphasizing logical choices (rather than cultivating gaming skill sets).   To find solutions to these puzzles, students will play with programmable command blocks and build actual visual programs.

 

-       Lego Robotics:  Provide students a fun and exciting introduction to computing and robotics.  Participants will enhance their Lego building skills and learn basic programming skills using Lego Mindstorm kits.  Interested students will be invited to form our local FIRST LEGO League teams and compete in the 2014 challenge.

 

-       Computer Science Unplugged (csunplugged.org):  Students will be exposed to Computer Science concepts through engaging games and puzzles that use only cards, strings, crayons and lots of running around. No computers needed!  Students will work in groups to promote social interaction.  Students will take breaks with supervised outdoor play and sports.

 

Sample Daily Schedule:

1:30pm: Check-in for campers.  Welcome!

1:45pm: Let’s start the fun of computing

2:15pm: Split into groups and have fun with unplugged computer science activities

3:10pm: Return to the labs. Let’s create!

3:45pm-4pm: Wrap-up for the day and pick-up time

There will be a pizza party at 1pm and gift raffle at 3:30pm on Friday.

 

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