Summer Code Camps for Kids in Seattle Eastside

Summer is just around the corner and that means… warm weather, swimming, barbecues and SUMMER CAMP. Kids may program robots, test their own Minecraft Mods, or create new games. Girls and boys laugh, play, and make memories. Best of all, they gain confidence as they meet challenges. They have fun exploring and creating the world of technology with Minecraft, robots, animations and photography!

Code Camp: Games and Robots

Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate

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!

Tech Mash-Up (PI): Python and Invent

Ages: 11-14, beginner

Enjoy playing games or solving problems?  In this Tech Mashup for Middle School students, we combine Python programming and electronics for curious minds to create and invent. Students learn how to use Python’s fun and easy programming language to create quizzes, guessing games, and basic arcade games. We then add in hands-on tinkering time with Little Bits electronics kits to build self-driving vehicles, throwing arms and other inventions. Prior programming experience using block platform or text-based languages is highly recommended.

Tech Mash-up (AI): Animate and Invent

Ages: 8-11, beginner – intermediate

TechVenture’s Mash-up of animations and inventions is an exciting technology sampler that combines the building block platforms of STEM innovators MIT and Little Bits. MIT’s Scratch is a program where kids create amazing stories, animations, and games. Little Bits’ building kits provide an engaging way for kids to create electronic gizmos with motors, lights, and sensor such as dancing signs or an art bot. When combined, these tech-art programs exercise kids’ creativity in a unique way that is sure to keep the most curious minds engaged.

Tech Mash-up (BB): Bits and Bots Camp

Ages 8-11, beginner – intermediate

Does your son or daughter have the imagination of an inventor? TechVenture’s Bits and Bots Camp combines the joy of inventing through Little Bits and the thrill of coding robots with Wonder Bots! Kids gain hands-on experience coding a real robot. Their robot may perform  activities like navigating mazes or responding to a secret code challenge. The Little Bits platform provides simple electronic building blocks kids use to create inventions like self-driving vehicles, a throwing arm and more. Bits and Bots summer camp teaches kids valuable life skills. Boys and girls make lasting memories during our summer program.

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.

Code Minecraft MODS: Level 1 & 2

Ages: 8-14, beginner-intermediate

Do you love to play Minecraft? Interested in learning how to change it, to mod it? In this camp, you will get to do just that and more, learning coding concepts that give you the power to create new ideas and implement them in your very own world. Our programming environment of choice: Learn To Mod. It’s an online environment developed by ThoughtSTEM and it’s powerful! Students learn to create MODs using visual programming blocks that convert to Javascript. This Javascript MOD enables them to extend Minecraft more easily. And when kids and teens see what they can do quickly, they are excited and want to learn more.

Already completed one session of our Code Minecraft Mods?   Join us again for Level 2.