Jr. High students begin using computer science as a problem-solving tool. The 14-week ideaSpark course is grounded in a design thinking process that includes discovery, ideation, prototyping, user testing and sharing. Students develop proficiency in computer programming languages and collaborate on their own creative project, from mobile apps to websites. At the end of the semester, student teams share their projects at a Demo Day event 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
Spring 2017 Schedule for ideaSpark
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.
10am - 12pm
12pm - 2pm (ages 10-12)
2:30-4:30pm (ages 13-15)
3:30 - 5:30pm
10am - 12pm
Questions about registration?
Contact Ben Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 972-415-6277
Students use their new coding skills to pursue bold ideas in a variety of real-world themes. Here are just a few:
COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING
Student teams start with a complex challenge about a community problem and then work together to prototype possible solutions. Examples include interactive games that teach recycling, mobile apps that encourage water conservation and websites that challenge classmates to tackle school bullying.