4-H Coding Weekend Workshops - An Intro to Coding

October 10, 2020 - October 18, 2020 8 am - 4 pm EST

Online via Zoom

Contact: Christine Miller

Students will spend four days (2 weekends) 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 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.

4-H Coding Weekend Workshops - An Intro to Coding will help you discover your passion for technology and enable you to continue practicing throughout high school. This course includes 4-days (2 weekends) of virtual instruction 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!  Specific coding languages taught during the program include HTML, CSS, JS, Ruby, Rails, and Github.

Dates: Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th; Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th, 2020; start 8 a.m. and wrap up by 4 p.m. each day.

Location: Virtually via Zoom

Cost: $275 per participant
Rates include tech support, post camp support and program fees. There is a $100 cancellation fee for any cancellations on or after October 1, 2020.

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

Target Audience:
High school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors with an interest in learning computer coding and applying it to solve problems. Students will need their own laptop, email address, and internet for use during the course. 

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 3:30 p.m.: Students will return to their breakout groups and resume working in 25 minute intervals

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Whole group daily wrap-up & evaluation

Virtual contact hours: approximately 6 to 7 hours per day of virtual instruction (approximately 24 to 28 instructional hours total), and a self-determined amount of 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.

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.

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


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