Grades 6–10

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.

Program Goals

  • 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

Project Themes

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

Student teams will create web-based 3D games, while developing skills in Javascript, a popular computer programming language. Students will learn the basics of 3D game development and work with a partner to build a game in which they can move an avatar around in a virtual world.

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.

Locations

Alkami Technology
5601 Granite Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024

The MIX Coworking & Creative Space
9125 Diceman Drive, Dallas, TX 75218

UT Dallas Arts & Technology Building
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080

Bottle Rocket 
14841 Dallas Pkwy, Floor 8
Addison, TX 75254

PARTNER LOCATIONS

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

 

Questions about registration?

Contact Ben Davis: ben@boldidea.org, 214-442-1635

WANT TO SUGGEST A SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY CENTER?

Contact Robyn Brown: robyn@boldidea.org, 214-442-1675