Coding camps are popping up everywhere and for good reason. They are an absolute blast! Both for the designers like me and the participants like middle schoolers. My weeklong Coding for the Future Camp at Ensworth School in Nashville, TN turned out nine amazing young coders!
These middle schoolers took the creative reins with apps like Swift Playground, CodeCombat, and the robots Dash and Dot, from Wonder Workshop. Two of their favorite challenges were the Dash and Dot Dance-Off and programming robots to get through their homemade obstacle courses.
The Dance-Off included music created in GarageBand. Kids used the jam session capabilities in GarageBand to create their music tracks together. Dash and Dot got all dressed up for the dance off competition. Teams were scored on coding accuracy, creativity, and teamwork. Kids worked on teams of three to make their dance off codes, costume, and musical tracks.
The obstacle course challenge featured programming Dash to complete the course in order to find Dot. We used pool noodles, string, cones, and boxes to build the obstacle courses. Each team’s course looked different and required different coding. The coding for the robots happened in the Wonder for Dash and Dot app.
On top of these fun activities, the kids got into Apple’s Swift Playground app to learn about loops, conditional coding, if else statements, and more. We even had Micheal Feldmann, 17, connect with us on FaceTime to share how he got started coding his iOS apps for the Apple App Store.
Just like my iBooks Author Kids Camp we used Seesaw to post, share, and tell our stories. It worked like a charm!
A huge shout out to Ensworth School for providing such an amazing space for our camp as well as Jim Eden from Apple for loaning out a few iPads for the week!
It was such a fun week and so inspiring to see these kids who love coding.
If you'd like this Camp to come to your school next summer or over a break, shoot me an email at email@example.com!