The 14-week ideaSpark course is grounded in a design process that includes discovery, ideation, prototyping, user testing and sharing. Jr. High students begin using computer science as a problem-solving tool. They develop proficiency in computer programming languages and collaborate to complete their own creative project, with possibilities ranging from mobile apps to websites. At the end of the semester, student teams share their projects at Demo Day with family, mentors and sponsors in the audience.
- Experience computational thinking as a way of addressing issues relevant, not just to them, but the world around them
- Use programming concepts and methods to create applications
- Collaborate with peers using pair programming and by working in project teams
- Explore fields of study and careers to understand the impact of technology
- Communicate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills
Students use their new coding skills to pursue bold ideas in a variety of real-world themes.
COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING
Student teams start with a complex challenge about a community problem and then work together to prototype possible solutions. Final projects have included interactive games that teach recycling, mobile apps that encourage water conservation and websites that challenge classmates to tackle school bullying.
Fall 2017 for ideaSpark
3D Game Development
Families are welcome to register their students for any of the following locations that best fits their schedule and geography. Cost: $200 per student. Financial assistance available.
Bold Idea offers ideaSpark at partner locations at no cost to the families these locations serve. These currently include:
Rosemont Elementary and International Language School (Dallas ISD)
719 N Montclair Ave, Dallas, TX 75208