Coding Summer Camps in Issaquah and Sammamish, Washington

Issaquah and Sammamish kids and teens enjoy learning STEM skills at TechVenture summer coding camps! Our summer camps include creative projects that exercise critical thinking skills.

Kids may create a photo portfolio, program robots, or test their own Minecraft Mods. Many of our camps are combined into mashups where girls and boys enjoy active and engaging mind and body learning. Best of all, they gain confidence as they meet challenges. Kids love exploring the world of technology!

Camps held: Blakely Hall and Sammamish YMCA

Summer Camp enrollment is OPEN!

TechVenture’s STEM summer programs like Code Camp introduce the following skills:

  • Kids develop hands-on coding, engineering, and tech skills.
  • Kids form friendships and lasting memories!
  • Kids practice problem-solving and collaboration in an exciting environment.
  • Kids express their creativity as they complete real-world projects.

We offer several Summer STEM programs in the Issaquah area for kids ages 5 to 14. Choices include coding with Scratch, Python, Minecraft, and robots, as well as digital photography and building circuits. See our individual listings for the details about each camp.

TechVenture’s STEM Summer Camps in Issaquah and Sammamish (YMCA) include:

  • Code Camp: Games and Robots (Ages: 8-11, beginner – advanced)
  • Code Camp Jr: Animations and Robots (Ages: 5-7, beginner – intermediate)
  • Minecraft Mash-up: Minecraft Mods and Circuits (Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate)
  • Tech Mash-Up (GG): Games and Gadgets (Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate)
  • Tech Mash-Up (MI): Minecraft Mods and Inventions (Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate)
  • Digital Photography: Shoot & Share (Ages: 9-11, beginner – intermediate)
  • Tech Mash-Up (PI): Python and Inventions (Ages:11-14, beginner – intermediate)

See our individual listings for the details about each camp.

Code Camp: Games and Robots

Ages: 8-11, beginner – advanced

TechVenture’s Games and Robots code camp is a mash-up of programming digital games and robots! How cool is that? Students practice computer programming with MIT’s Scratch and Wonder’s Robots. They learn to design and program a classic top-down or platform game, combined with programming robot challenges like guessing a secret code and a launcher competition. While collaborating with partners, students develop skills in reasoning, math, and problem-solving. They gain confidence as they solve coding challenges. Also, unplugged activities keep kid’s bodies and minds engaged.

Code Camp Jr: Animations and Robots

Ages: 5-7, beginner-intermediate

Is your child curious about robots? Loves animation?  TechVenture’s Code Camp Jr. provides young children with a fun introduction to technology. Using Scratch Jr, children learn to program their own interactive stories on a tablet computer. Taking it a step further, children partner together to work with Wonder’s Robots, programming their bots to put on a dance party, navigate paths and more. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively. Girls and boys love the thrill of coding and controlling their environment. Don’t worry, kids don’t spend the whole time plugged in. Engaging unplugged activities get kid’s bodies moving too.

Minecraft Mash-Up: Mods and Circuits

Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate

Does your child love to play Minecraft? At TechVenture’s Minecraft Mashup summer camp, kids take it a step further, learning how to program Mods and build electronics in a Minecraft world. We use the Learn to Mod’s coding platform which teaches students through engaging tutorials and an easy-­to­-use coding interface. Students are able to mod every aspect of Minecraft, while learning a valuable lifelong skill: coding. Those who are ready can peek under the covers to try JavaScript coding. To learn more about how and why computers work, we use Piper computer kits where students learn how to assemble electronics to solve puzzles and challenges within a Minecraft adventure map.

Tech Mash-up (GG): Games and Gadgets

Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate

TechVenture’s Games and Gadgets Mash-up technology sampler combines Scratch game coding & building electronic gadgets with Little Bits. Kids learn to code and invent using visual coding blocks from STEM innovators like MIT, creator of Scratch, a program where kids create stories, animations, and games. Little Bits provides a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks making it fun for kids to create and control electronic gizmos. They engineer circuits to work with motors, lights, and sensors creating cool gadgets like an art bot, bubble flute,  stomping shoes, whatever they imagine. When combined, these programs uniquely exercise kids’ creativity and critical thinking.

Tech Mash-Up (MI): Minecraft Mods and Inventions

Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate

Do you love to play Minecraft? Tinkering or creating things, in the real or virtual world? Then this technology sample may be just right for you! In TechVenture’s Minecraft Mods and Inventions camp, kids learn the basics of coding Mods in a Minecraft world; and practice hands-on tinkering with circuits to build simple inventions that could help them in the real world. How cool is that? Using both Learn to Mod’s visual programming platform and Little Bits circuit building kits, students take their imagination from concept to design to results, exercising their minds in critical thinking and problem solving. This camp combines the thrilling world of engineering with the challenge of writing code!

Digital Photography: Shoot & Share

Ages: 9-11, beginner – intermediate

Does your kid have an artistic eye? TechVenture’s Digital Photography Camp provides an exciting mix of arts and STEM. Kids learn to take great photos and use them to tell a story. This project-based camp features outdoor excursions, collaborative photo shoots, and a hands-on project. Students learn to shoot and edit digital photographs and build a unique digital portfolio they can share.

Tech Mash-Up (PI): Python and Inventions

Ages: 11-14, beginner

Enjoy playing games or solving problems?  In this Tech Mash-up for Middle School students, we combine Python programming and electronics for curious minds to create and invent. Students learn how to use Python’s programming language to create quizzes, guessing games, animation and basic arcade games and work with Little Bits electronics kits to build self-driving vehicles, throwing arms and inventions of their own. Prior programming experience using block platform or text-based languages is highly recommended.