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This week, we sat down with Rose Coughlen, our Director of Programming, on why she loves Codeverse Summer Camps and how she and her team approaches creating our weeklong summer camp curriculum.
Rose and her team are responsible for every aspect of a child's experience during camp. From the curriculum learned, to the lunch boxes and t-shirts kids receive, Rose and her team focus on making camps an out-of-this-world experience for all kids. Read our interview below to learn about her approach to programming for Codeverse Summer Camps.
What do kids experience at Codeverse Summer Camps? During our weeklong camps, kids learn all about coding, robotics, 3D modeling and design, circuitry, programming cutting-edge hardware (to save the studio from aliens!), and video game development. Collectively, these fun and educational activities spark creativity and exploration that is in every child.
In addition to gaining a greater understanding of how technology works, kids build confidence, work collaboratively and independently, and learn how to problem-solve. These are the skills that last a lifetime!
Do you need prior coding experience to have fun at camp? Because of the exploratory nature of our programming, our camps are designed for beginner and pro coders alike. Our camps also engage kids with different interests. Kids who love art can work on design projects using 3D printers. Sporty kids can make a video game simulator of their favorite sports. Kids who have prior coding experience can learn advanced coding topics (like adding random fireballs or gradient backgrounds to their mobile app or game!) These are just a few examples - any child's interests can be turned into a fun coding challenge.
What do you think about when planning weeklong camps vs. 75-minute weekly expeditions at the studio? With camp, we have such a longer time together with the kids that we can really deep-dive into topics like game design and creation, circuitry, multi-part challenges that build up on each other, and large group games for the whole crew!
Our 75-minute weekly expeditions focus, specifically, on coding. Every week, my team design and develop new lessons (which we call "Missions") for kids to complete. Every Mission incorporates a new coding concept. Once kids have a deep understanding of the basic universal coding concepts, they are able to develop their own apps and games during expeditions. (If you're interested, you can learn more about our curriculum and Missions here!)
What is your favorite part about camp? My favorite part is witnessing all of the coding and 3D printed creations that the kids present to their friends and family during 'Share Space', which occurs every Friday afternoon during camp.
The kids work so hard coding their unique projects. I love seeing their confidence grow throughout the week. Some kids start camp with zero coding experience, and by the end of the week, they have created something so cool and unique that they just can’t wait to share it with everyone!