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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.

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

  • Session 1 – Roblox Makers:  Monday, June 24, 2019 – Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Session 2 – Battle Royale:  Monday, July 8, 2019 – Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Session 3 – Minecraft Modders:  Monday, July 29, 2019 – Friday, August 2, 2019

Tech Cats Coding Camp - ROBLOX

Session 1 – ROBLOX Makers:

Monday, June 24, 2019 – Friday, June 28, 2019

In addition to our usual Scratch and Robotics we will unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design.  Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Register: https://tc3kidscamp1roblox.brownpapertickets.com

Tech Cats Coding Camp -Battle Royale

Session 2 – Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style Video Game:

Monday, July 8, 2019 – Friday, July 12, 2019

Fans of Fortnite® we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. In addition to our usual Scratch and Robotics we will, using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Register: https://tc3kidscamp2fortnite.brownpapertickets.com

Tech Cats Coding Camp - Minecraft

Session 3 – Minecraft Modders:

Monday, July 29, 2019 – Friday, August 2, 2019

In addition to our usual Scratch and Robotics, we will use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft®. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to access their projects at home. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Register: https://tc3kidscamp3minecraft.brownpapertickets.com

 

About TC3

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 including Black Rocket’s exciting and innovative curricula (see above).

No experience with computer programming or computer science is necessary!  All levels welcome!

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.

New This Year!! We are partnering with Black Rocket and the non-profit History, Art, and Science Action Network!  Black Rocket creates engaging and exciting computer programming curricula using the latest video games like Minecraft, ROBLOX and Fortnite!  We are very excited to partner with them this year!

Location:  Martin Science Building, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA.

Instructors: 

  • Katrin Schenk, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, Randolph College
  • Erin Rettke, B.A., instructor in advanced life sciences, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation

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 with Black Rocket (ROBLOX, Battle Royal, or Minecraft).
  • 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 Vector Space, 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. – 4 p.m.
    Robotics and Scratch programming activities.
  • 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 SchenkKatrin Schenk, associate professor of physics, Randolph College

Katrin 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 at the University of California, San Francisco in 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.

Instructor

Erin RettkeErin Rettke, science teacher, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation

Erin Rettke received her B.A. in deaf education from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. She then received a degree in special education from the University of Maine.  She is now an award-winning teacher at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation in Lynchburg, VA where she teaches 6th grade advanced life science.

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