Minecraft, app development on the agenda at Mount Allison summer camps

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The department of mathematics and computer science at Mount Allison University, in partnership with conference services, will once again be offering a series of computer science camps this summer. Following last year's popular App Camp, five-day camps will be offered this summer in Sackville and Moncton for students in Grades 6-12, exploring a number of technological areas.
"These camps give students the opportunity to build code and learn programming - skills that will soon be essential - in a controlled and fun setting," says Laurie Ricker, Mount Allison math and computer science professor and camp facilitator.

Ricker, who has been an advocate for math and computer science education for youth, particularly females her entire career, will lead the camps, which are limited to 20 students (10 male, 10 female). Several Mount Allison computer science students will also be working as camp counsellors.

Camp offerings on the Mount Allison campus include:

- July 28 - August 1: Learning to program with Scratch & Minecraft - For half a day, campers will be introduced to the exciting world of computer programming using Scratch, an icon-based programming language developed at MIT. For the other half-day, campers will be given an opportunity to create brave new worlds using Minecraft. No previous computing experience is required. (Grades 6-8)

- August 5 - 8: Intro to Apps - Campers will be introduced to the world of app development using MIT App Inventor, an icon-based platform for Android app development. No previous app development or computing experience necessary. (Grades 6-8)

- August 11-15: Advanced App Development - This is a continuation of the intro app camp, but campers will be expected to come up with and develop their own app, with the assistance of camp staff. The development environment will be MIT App Inventor, but campers will be introduced to additional options not explored in the intro camp. Participants will be contacted before camp starts for consultation about potential projects or to provide ideas for possible projects. Must have attended into to apps camp (either in 2013 or 2014). (Grades 6-8)

- August 18-22: Intro to Programming: media computation - Participants will learn about the fundamentals of computer programming via a contextualized approach of manipulating media (digital images, movies and sound). No previous computing experience necessary. Space is limited. (Grades 9-12)

For more information, visit http://www.mta.ca/summer/. Contact information and online registration is available here.

Organizations: Scratch & Minecraft, MIT

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