Kids learn critical skills through coding
This summer, Code Play Learn opens in Oak Park with week long summer camp programs for elementary and middle schoolers. Their mission is to provide kids with computer coding skills they can use to prepare for educational success in the 21st century.
The most influential people in the technology industry agree, there is a need for code in education because it develops essential learning skills kids can apply throughout their lives. Founder of Code Play Learn, William Greenwald explains, "21st century technologies are changing the educational landscape. Students graduating today need skills that were not even conceived of 20 years ago."
To answer the need, Code Play Learn is offering three different camp sessions that each mix interpersonal play time with screen time so students develop their ability to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically. At Computer Game Creation camp, students will use MIT’s Scratch programming platform to create their own interactive stories, games and animations. At App Creation Camp, kids will use MIT’s App Inventor programming platform to create Android Apps they can use on Android mobile devices. And at Robotics Camp, Campers will build their own Lego robots and then using the WeDo programming platform, and Scratch, they are able to make them "come alive". Code Play Learn provides all the necessary equipment and no previous computer programming experience is required.
The camp programs are run by William Greenwald who also created the curriculum used to teach computer programming classes at Maine Township District 207 High School. He also teaches Integration of Technology into Curriculum as an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University in the College of Education.
Registration for 2014 Summer Camp sessions is now open. To sign up and for more information, visit www.codeplaylearn.com or call 708-3748-286.