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Tech Cats Summer Coding Day Camp

TC3 Kids Camp   

Monday – Friday,  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Instruction starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.)
Code and Cake Code Showcase:  Friday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Martin Science Building, Rm 315

Ages:  Rising 3rd – Rising 8th graders.  Cost:  $295

TC3 Kids is a week-long introduction to computer programming and robotics for rising 3rd – rising 8th grade students. Kids will learn the basics of computer programming, computer science and robotics through fun, collaborative and creative activities. The goal is to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to engage their interest in the relevance of technology in their future academic and career plans. Campers will also get some outside recreation to show the necessity for balance within our highly technical society.  No experience with computer programming or computer science is necessary!  All levels welcome!

New This Year: Campers will spend 1-2 days at Vector Space exploring electronics, computers, and robotics at the makerspace. Vector Space is a makerspace and community workshop with the mission to build an open and collaborative community that fosters innovation, creativity, and the pursuit of science based knowledge.

Campers will show off their code at a Code and Cake presentation party on the Friday of the camp between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Location:  Martin Science Building, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA. Some sessions will be held at Vector Space, 402 5th St, Lynchburg, VA (families will receive a schedule).

Instructor:  Dr. Katrin Schenk, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics, Randolph College

TCKids Daily Schedule: 

  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.   Parents may drop off children anytime within this window.   There will be Legos and many other educational games available for play.
  • 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Highly interactive, hands-on computer science and coding coursework.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.  Lunch   Each day we have a guest speaker during lunch.  These speakers include local engineers and scientists, representatives from Lynchburg City Economic Development Office and the Future Focus Foundation. These talks will be on topics such as “What is an Engineer?”  and “What Careers use Robots?”)
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Outdoor play/activities in gym or active games outside.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. Robotics programming activity.
  • 4 p.m. – 6  p.m.  Legos and games Note: Children will also be allowed to work on their robotics and/or coding projects during this time.

TC3 Kids Code and Cake Party: 

At 7:00 p.m. on the last day of camp (Fridays) we will have our Code and Cake presentation party where kids (on a voluntary basis) will present their coding projects to their family and friends.  Dessert will be served!

Director and Lead Instructor

Katrin Schenk, Associate Professor of Physics, Randolph College

Dr. Schenk holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and an M.S. in Experimental Physics from Cornell University and a B.S. in Physics from University of California at Los Angeles. She also completed a Sloan-Swartz Fellowship in Theoretical Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, 2004.  During her undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty tenure she has gained 25 years experience as a computer programmer in multiple, highly used languages such as Python, Matlab, Labview, C, C++, PHP, Perl, Perl CGI.  She has taught classes in programming at Cornell University, the University of California, San Francisco, and most recently at Randolph College.  She also runs several workshops for children during Randolph College’s Annual Science festival and developed and taught the highly popular and successful Tech Kids Coding Camp at Holy Cross School in the summer of 2014 and at Randolph College 2015-2017.

Other Staff:  Besides Dr. Katrin Schenk, there will be a professional instructor from Vector Space and we hire experienced and licensed YMCA counselors.  We also have a CIT program where children (ages 12 and up) with experience in coding can come help younger kids learn to code.  This has been one of the most successful parts of our camps!  Kids love to learn from other kids!


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