About Camp

Dates: 2 Weekends: July 17 & 18, 2021 and August 14 & 15, 2021 from 9am to 3pm each day.

Location: Virtually via Zoom

Cost: $300 per participant made in two payments.  First payment of $150 is due upon registration.  The second payment will be due after August 1st pending possible grant or scholarship funding.

Register here: https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HSpartanCodingCamp2021/ 

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 each weekend learning how to code and develop a personal website. MSU Extension is partnering with CodeNow and Code Nation, leaders in computer coding 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 (2 weekends) virtual camp. 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 a website from scratch; and attract users to your website!  Specific coding languages taught during the program include HTML, CSS, JS, Ruby, Rails, and Github.

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.

Tentative Sample Daily Schedule*

8:55 a.m.: Login to virtual coding camp

9:00 a.m. to noon: 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/team building 

1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Students will return to their breakout groups and resume working in 25 minute intervals

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Whole group daily wrap-up & evaluation (last day)

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Evening whole group virtual activities on July 17th, July 18th, and August 14th.

Virtual contact hours: approximately 5 to 6 hours per day of virtual instruction (approximately 20 to 24 instructional hours total), 3 hours of virtual evening activities, and a self-determined amount of individual 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.

Resource for additional summer coding camps: Summer Coding Camps

Program Contact:

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