Four Athens Code Camps Introduce Kids to Programming and Athens Startups
“I’ve loved doing this,” Ms. Durkin explains later. “Being relatively new to coding, I was nervous at first, but I have experience working with kids. And that’s been the best part – the kids are great. I’m reinforcing my own skills by helping them learn. We nerd out together and it’s a blast.”
Ms. Durkin recently completed the Intro to Programming course for adults at Four Athens, and was tapped by instructor Sean Reid to lead the Kids Code Camp. Using CodePen, a popular code editing tool, Mr. Reid created the basic templates for the code projects used at camp, each of which could then be “forked” (ie. shared) with the instructor and each camper onto their individual laptops. This allows everyone to view the same code template for instruction, while also giving kids access to edit and test the code on their own devices for practice.
“Summer code camps are a great way to keep kids engaged in learning out of school with hands-on activities that promote critical thinking while building tech skills,” said Reid.
Four Athens hosts its first series of summer code camps this year. Another week-long camp will take place in July, along with Saturday software workshops for kids and all ages, plus hardware classes in partnership with Hackyard Athens. Summer can be a time for both fun and learning with these hands-on tech experiences designed to engage beginners, hobbyists, and even experienced techies, in a range of projects.