Our first Code Camp was a smashing success. I pivoted a bit once I saw the list of campers and found out how many of them were brand new to coding. Instead of 15 students on Apple’s Swift Playgrounds, we had four on that learning app, three on the Scratch Jr. tablet app, and eight kids on Scratch on the web. We played ten different card and board games throughout the week.
Due to the positive feedback I’ve had from children at this camp and their parents, I’m going to once again offer Scratch at Spring Break camp, but I’m also going to offer a Minecraft option. Details about that will come in about two weeks, as I need to figure out whether my Chromebooks will handle the Minecraft play and related activities, or whether I should purchase some new devices. (Yes, I am still very much in “Pilot Camp” mode…and that’s a good thing!)
The Grove continues to be an amazing place for camps. My coworkers are being very gracious about our messes and the noise…in fact, they are interested and encouraging. I’m really grateful for that! We finished off the first Code Camp with a Nerf battle and a VR station. Running with dinosaurs, Imagine Dragons music videos, and virtual roller coaster rides were most popular. Our friend Aaron, ambassador with Dell University managed the VR station (thanks so much for that).
I’ve just published the Eventbrite ticket page for one of four weekend “Crash Courses” I’ll be offering between now and Summer here. I’m also building a list of teachers who may want to join a ScratchEd Meetup that we will hold at The Grove once a month for the next five months. If you want to get on that list, you can email me now. I’ll begin inviting people in the next two weeks. And finally, The Grove will host another Code Day in February. Check out this link to stay up-to-date on that event.