Lego, Scratch and Alice Camps at Durham Academy

For the first time ever, I am conducting two camps with the help of a student. I have never done this before as I usually work most of June teaching workshops with teachers and then feel the need to work on my farm. I want folks who are reading my blog and live in the Durham NC, USA area to think about signing up for the camps. I am very excited to offer these two camps as they will provide me an opportunity to teach students some skills that are not offered here at school.

The camps will be taught twice so only come to one week. To register or find out more, please go to: Durham Academy Summer Programs


Lego Mindstorms – Week 6 July 14 – 18 or Week 7 July 21 – 25, Morning
Fee: $190 Grades: 3 – 8
Instructor: Karl Schaefer and Ada T.
Learn to build and program Lego Mindstorm NXT robots. Campers will work in teams to design and construct robots to perform a variety of movements and responses. No prior experience needed.
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Scratch Programming Week 6 July 14 – 18 or Week 7 July 21 – 25, Afternoon
Fee: $190 Grades: 3 – 8
Instructor: Karl Schaefer and Ada T.
Scratch is free software from MIT that we will use in this fun and creative camp.
Quotes are from the Scratch Web Site –
“Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art.
Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.”


We also hope to cover Alice if there is time.
From the web site:
“Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience”.

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