About Camp

Dates: Monday, June 22-25, 2020

Location: Virtually via Zoom

Cost: Varies based on camper and 4-H membership

  • $320
  • Michigan 4-H members enrolled in 4HOnline receive $20 discount

Register here: https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HSpartanCodingCamp2020Virtual/

Target Audience: Rising high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors with an interest in learning computer coding and applying it to solve problems. Students will need a computer with internet and the ability to do video conferencing (microphone and webcam).

Program Details: Students will spend the week learning how to code and develop an application to solve a technical problem that they define. MSU Extension is partnering with CodeNow, a leader in computer bootcamp instruction for high school students, to provide the course content, and manage the online work.  Since 2011, CodeNow's workshops have taught more than 2,000 high school students how to code.

The 4-H Spartan Coding Camp will help you discover your passion for technology and enable you to continue practicing throughout high school. This course includes a four-day virtual bootcamp followed by 60 hours of self-paced online work to hone your coding skills. Whether you have prior computer coding knowledge, or have never even thought about it, you will gain valuable coding experience and skills. By the end of the camp, you will learn to develop with your own tech ideas; design and code an application from scratch; and attract users for your product!  After the camp is over, you will continue to learn and practice at your own pace with our online lessons. Specific coding languages taught during the program include HTML, CSS, JS, Ruby, Rails, and Github.

MSU Extension 4-H Spartan Coding Camp Program Handbook:  The 4-H Spartan Coding Camp Handbook includes the Michigan 4-H Youth Code of Conduct and 4-H Spartan Coding Camp Rules. All participants, volunteers and staff members are expected to abide by the code of conduct, the event rules and all other MSU regulations in order to attend this camp. Everyone involved in this camp must sign an agreement stating they’ve read, understand and agree to the Michigan 4-H Code of Conduct and camp rules in order to be allowed to participate in the camp.

Instructors: Our instructors are also practitioners. They know what works and what does not work in the real world. They’re constantly pushing to keep their knowledge on the cutting edge of what’s new and exciting.

Sample Daily Schedule*

7:55 a.m.: Login to virtual coding camp

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Coding begins! Virtual whole group instruction and team building. Depending on the day, students will either be learning about entrepreneurship, design thinking, or web development

9:30 a.m.: Virtual breakout into groups to work on project with camp staff- work in 25 minute intervals

12:00 p.m.: Lunch at home/activity

1:00 p.m.: Whole group check-in/touch base 

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Students will return to their breakout groups and resume working in 25 minute intervals

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Whole group daily wrap-up & evaluation

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Evening whole group virtual activities on Monday and Tuesday

Virtual contact hours: approximately 6 to 7 hours per day of virtual instruction (approximately 24 to 28 instructional hours total), 2 hours of virtual evening activities, and a self-determined amount of group work outside of the schedule.

*Daily schedule will allow for multiple mini-breaks throughout the day and may be subject to change based on need.

Materials Needed: Computer with internet and the ability to do video conferencing (microphone and webcam).

Scholarships:  Please contact your local 4-H Program Coordinator or local 4-H office to inquire about local funding opportunities.

Program Contact:

Christine Miller, 4-H Spartan Coding Camp coordinator
johns832@msu.edu or 517-552-6905