Coding for Social Good and Beyond

The Craft of Code, Data for the Social Good, Language and Code

Do you want to make a difference in your community and learn computer programming at the same time?

Grinnell College's summer coding camps are open to students entering fourth through ninth grades. In these week-long camps, students will learn about computer technology and computer programming.

The younger students will make interesting digital artifacts (artworks) that they can share with others.

The older students will be able to choose from two different camps.

  • Data for the Social Good will allow students to use data science to explore social causes.
  • Language and Code will teach students to write programs that analyze and/or generate different kinds of text, like poems, novels, lyrics and tweets.

Along the way, students will engage in lively activities with the counselors meant to teach computing concepts and cooperation through play.

Students will  develop skills in problem solving, in computational thinking, and more. Students will also participate in broader coding communities associated with the programming environments we use.

Sound interesting? Read a story about our Summer 2017 program: Computer Science Department Offers Data Science Camp for Middle Schoolers.

Summer 2018 Dates

The 2018 Coding for the Social Good Camp will offer three week-long day camp options:

The Craft of Code
Monday, June 18 – Friday, June 22
For students entering fourth and fifth grades
Data for the Social Good
Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
For student entering sixth through ninth grades
Language and Code
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27
For students enter sixth through ninth grades

The curriculum will be developed and staffed by a collaboration of Grinnell faculty, staff, and students. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

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2017 Craft of Code camp attendees, counselors, and directors

 

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