Welcome to Mediatech’s Summer Coding Camp!
Let’s start with the most important item: this isn’t “school.”
There are no assignments, homework or grades.
Our objective is to offer an informal, self-guided experience with programming using a “guided exploration” method of teaching.
Our instructors are experienced high school or college level programmers and/or former graduates of the camp who have come back as coaches. We’ll do our best to provide support and a safe, non- judgmental setting. Parents are always welcome to drop in to observe.
Each child will be asked to come up with their own challenge or challenges on Monday, work on their project throughout the week, and share it on Friday. This “plan-do-review” formula has served us well in past years. We do ask children to challenge themselves and try something they feel is difficult. We want them to show something off at the end of the week.We call it “hard fun.”
FRIDAY IS DEMO DAY!
Please come at 11:00 on Friday for graduation and project demos. If you’d like to bring some cookies on the last day to help us celebrate, you are welcome.
DROP OFF and PICK UP
Camp starts at 9AM and ends at 12:00 Noon. Pull over on Maple Avenue in front of the library (118 Main Street) and walk your child up the Mediatech steps. They’ll know the way after the first day… You can generally park across the street.
Wear weather-appropriate clothing. Mediatech is air-conditioned, and we have a bathroom on the second floor. We also offer elevator access if needed.
SNACK: A small midmorning snack (a bag of chips and a juice box) is served during the morning break each day. It includes a bag of chips and a juice box. Children are welcome to bring water bottles or additional snacks (such as cookies) to share. Let us know if your child has any food allergies.
WHAT TO BRING: If you easily bring a laptop or iPad, please do. Otherwise we’ll use the house hardware. We offer Chromebooks and a mixture of older Windows and older Macintosh computers.
OUR TOOLS: We use MIT’s Scratch 2.0 and an app called iStopMotion by Boinx Software.
Mediatech’s Scratch channel is https://scratch.mit.edu/users/mediatechfoundation/ This is where all of our work is saved. The login is “mediatechfoundation” (ask for the password).
If you have an iPad or iPhone, we recommend downloading iStopMotion ($9.99, at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/istopmotion-for-ipad/id484019696?mt=8).
• Guest speakers. If you are (or know of) a programmer or video editor who would like to make a short 15 minute “show and tell” presentation to the group, let one of our instructors know. We make every effort to tie coding into the real world, and we’ve found this to be a nice way to accomplish this goal.
• It’s useful to have a laptop computer (nice but optional). Any Windows, Chromebook or MacBook will do. We’ll have several computers available for public use. If your child doesn’t have a computer, don’t worry.
• Name tags. We give each child a nametag on Monday and ask that they keep them throughout the week.
We sometimes bring a friendly dog to camp. Let us know if your child has any dog allergies or doesn’t like dogs. Our first priority is to make sure every child is comfortable.
Photographs and video. Note that we sometimes videotape projects and/or take photos for use for PR purposes. By enrolling your child in this program you grant this default permission for images or projects made by your child to appear on Mediatech’s web site. Please be aware that we make every effort to protect children’s privacy by
a) not using names or ages in public postings.
b) respecting parents requests to have images removed or not captured in the first place.
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR QUESTIONS, call 908-284-2006 from 3 to 5 PM or contact Warren Buckleitner (warren at mediatech dot org).