The Lynchburg Office of Economic Development is partnering with the Future Focus Foundation, Holy Cross Regional Catholic School, and Randolph College to launch a Tech Kids Coding Camp this summer at Holy Cross Regional Catholic School for rising 3rd through 8th graders. Two week-long day camps will take place from July 21 through 25 and from July 28 through August 1. The camp is open to students around the region with three scholarships offered by the Economic Development Authority to students from Lynchburg City School.
Tech Kids Coding Camp is a week-long introduction to computer programming and robotics. Kids will learn the basics of these disciplines through fun, collaborative and creative activities. The goal is to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to engage their interest in the relevance of technology in their future academic and career plans. Campers will also get some outside recreation to show the necessity for balance within our highly technical society.
With 90% of the jobs in the next decade requiring some knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the Coding Camps seek to prepare students for a bright future. Computer programming jobs are well paid and remain in plentiful supply. The mission of this initiative is to introduce students to software coding at an early age to spark their interest in computer science.
Randolph College’s Dr. Katrin Schenk will teach the camp, hosted this summer by Holy Cross Regional Catholic School. The cost is $275 and is open to 20 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available here.
For more information or to register, call 434-847-5436 or visit holycrossforyou.org. Registration deadline is Monday, July 2, 2014.