Dive deep into the world of coding this summer at TAMUCC! Middle school girls (grades 6-8) are invited to explore the basics of computer programming using cool and easy to use graphical programs like Scratch to create your own custom mobile apps and program the behaviors of mBots! Students will work in small groups of mixed ages to solve programming challenges in preparation for missions against other teams such as navigating mBots through an obstacle course! Students will also gain an understanding of design logic, computational thinking, and scripting languages.
Camp applications are due by April 30th. Students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis upon review of their application. Parents will be notified of acceptance no later than May 15th. All deadlines must be met in order to be considered for the Girls Code Camp.
There is a $25 (per Camp) non-refundable application fee due upon acceptance to the camp.
Upon acceptance to the camp, the applicant and his/her parent/guardian will be required to complete and submit additional documents required by Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and the Texas A&M University System including, but not limited to, a Photo/Media release, Waiver, Indemnification, Assumption of Risk and Medical Treatment Authorization, Medical Emergency and Consent for Treatment.
Camp 1 – Women in Technology (WITS) Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)
June 18th – June 22nd
Campers will be introduced to programming through hands-on activities. The primary activity will be to make a Makeblock mBot STEM Education Programmable Robot autonomous. Students will start by assembling the robot and then will learn how to do increasingly difficult tasks using the onboard sensors. Campers will also be shown some more advanced techniques to use Arduinos to encourage campers to program from their imaginations. There will be an obstacle course competition on the last day for campers to show off their skills! Campers will work in teams of six, each with a TAMUCC student mentor.
Camp 2 – Women in Technology (WITS) Mobile App Development
June 25th – June 29th
Campers will be introduced to programming using MIT App Inventor. App Inventor is a visual programming that uses a drag and drop interface that keeps the syntax hidden and allows students to focus on semantics. The visual blocks are shaped like puzzle pieces and only the correctly shaped blocks will attach correctly hiding the syntax. This allows for a much less frustrating experience. A completed app can be downloaded onto a mobile device and executed there, as well as a simulator. Campers will work with teams of six, each with a TAMUCC student mentor, to build individual and team apps.