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Tech Cats Summer Coding Day Camp

May 13, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Randolph College summer camps canceled for 2020

In light of the continuing threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of protecting the health of campers and camp staff, Randolph College is canceling all summer camp programs for 2020, including computer coding, Randolph College Nursery School, sports, and theatre camps. We realize this is disappointing, but given the current landscape surrounding COVID-19, as well the difficulties and challenges associated with adhering to social distancing protocols in a camp setting, we felt the decision was necessary in order to maintain the safest environment for our community.


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 – Python Coding, Minecraft Modding, Robotics and more!
    Monday–Friday,  June 22–26, 2020 (registration closed)
  • Session 2 – Python Coding, Roblox Game Building, Robotics and more! Monday–Friday,  July 6 –10, 2020 (registration closed)
  • Session 3 – Python Coding, Minecraft Modding, Robotics and more! Monday–Friday,  July 27–31, 2020 (registration closed)

 

TechCats Coding Camp at Randolph College - Python Coding, Minecraft Modding, Robotics and more

Session 1 – Python Coding, Minecraft Modding, Robotics and more!

Monday–Friday,  June 22–26, 2020
registration closed

Campers will learn programming in the Python Coding language through fun and interactive game building! Campers will also learn to mod their favorite game, Minecraft, and will learn to program robots, some computer science concepts and more!

TechCats Coding Camp at Randolph College - Python Coding, Roblox Game Building, Robotics and more!

Session 2 – Python Coding, Roblox Game Building, Robotics and more!

Monday–Friday,  July 6 –10, 2020
registration closed

Campers will learn programming in the Python Coding language through fun and interactive game building! Campers will also learn to build Roblox games, learn to program robots, learn some computer science concepts and more!

TechCats Coding Camp at Randolph College - Python Coding, Minecraft Modding, Robotics and more

Session 3 – Python Coding, Minecraft Modding, Robotics and more!

Monday–Friday,  July 27–31, 2020
registration closed

Campers will learn programming in the Python Coding language through fun, interactive game building! Campers will also learn to mod their favorite game, Minecraft, and will learn to program robots, some computer science concepts and more!

 

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 Python coding, Minecraft modding (camps 1 and 3) and Roblox game building (camp 2).

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 7pm and 9pm.

New This Year! We are adding programming with Python this year! Python is a very useful language that is accessible for kids and used for a huge number of scientific, engineering and business applications!

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

Instructors: 

  •  Director/Lead Instructor:  Dr. Katrin Schenk, PhD, Associate Professor of Physics, Randolph College.
  • Instructor: Sarah Sheerer.  This will be Sarah’s 7th year with our coding camp!

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 instruction (Minecraft, ROBLOX, Python, and more!).
  • 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. – 1:45 p.m.
    Outdoor play/activities/on campus field trips/active games outside.
  • 1:45 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

Sarah Sheerer

This will be Sarah’s 7th year with our coding camps!  She is an expert on Lego robotics and loves working with our Coding Camp kids!

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