What if you spent your summer learning to make your own apps instead of just playing them? This camp introduces the fundamentals of coding. Students will create websites, mobile apps, and video games all while having fun with our energetic team.
What you will do this week
- Learn basic Computer Science concepts
- Build iOS and Android mobile apps with Thunkable
- Design and Publish your own Website
- Create your own Video Game with Construct 3
- Receive 1-on-1 support from our instructional team
- Share a project presentation with peers and parents
- The ability to type text on a computer (e.g. write an email, edit a Word document). We recommend 20 WPM or faster.
- Experience using a variety of websites, games, and apps
Equipment and Account setup
- Students each need to bring a computer with Windows, macOS, or ChromeOS (must have permission to install programs, including necessary passwords)
- Software: Google Chrome web browser
- Accounts: Google account from Gmail / school (used to log into Thunkable, CodeCombat, and Glitch), Construct (optional account - can use without signing in)
Mon - Making Mobile Apps with Thunkable
Wed - Making Video Games with Construct 3
Thurs - Project day: go in-depth on a track (Web, Mobile, Game) of your choice
Pre-work (self-guided prep session)
Each student will need to provide his/her own laptop for the course. Microsoft Windows-based PC’s, Apple macOS computers, and Chromebooks will work, but iPads / Android tablets will not work for this course. We recommend a laptop made within the past 3-4 years. Computers should be free from viruses/malware. We have a limited number of rental laptops available for $25/day.
To be ready for Day 1 of camp, students should complete the following laptop setup steps:
- Install any available operating system updates for your computer (see Windows Update or macOS software update)
- Install the Google Chrome web browser
- Use your Google account (Gmail, Google Drive, etc) to sign into Thunkable
There are other setup steps (eg creating web accounts) that can be completed after Day 1 of camp.
Prior to the Week of Code summer camp, it’s a good idea to try some basic coding exercises on your own. If you have not yet done an Hour of Code session on your own or in school, we recommend starting there:
Monday - Mobile Apps
- Introductions - students, instructors
- Why it’s important to learn to code
- Awesome Inc Core Values
- Be Good
- Be Excellent
- Be a Friend
- Be You
- What ground rules should we have?
- When the instructor is talking, _____.
- Keep your hands to _____.
- Read, Try, _____, Coach.
- Be positive and _____.
- No _____ or _____ on the table.
- Bring the _____.
- Text editor skills and vocabulary
- Copy, Cut, Paste, Switch windows
- Arrow keys vs Mouse, Shift-to-select
- Spaces and Capitalization matter
- Mobile Apps with Thunkable Overview
- Getting Started
- My First App
- Speak to Me App
- User Input
- Invisible Components
- Secret Identity App
- Control Structures
- Roll Dice App
- My Search Engine App
- Adding Screens
- Data storage
- Confirm Glitch setup for Tuesday / Web Day (can sign in with Google account)
- More Thunkable
- Want to go more in-depth with Mobile?
Tuesday - Websites
- What is “The Web”?
- Chrome Developer Tools
- Design a wireframe for our site
- Heading, Navigation, Images, Text Content
- Two pages: home page, fun facts
- Use Glitch to make our first web page
- Create account and sign in
- REMIX THIS PROJECT
- Add HTML Elements
- Styles with CSS
- Go to style.css
- Selectors and Properties
- Background Colors
- Embed YouTube video
- Web Page 2: Animal Fun Facts
- Go to facts.html
- Add fun facts to Array
- Can you count the number of clicks to your button?
- Customize the URL for your website, share using
- Add your site to our list
Wednesday - Video Games
- Construct interface overview
- Run a sample project
- If time:
- Pong with Construct
- Cookie Clicker with Construct
Thursday - Project Day
- Review what we’ve done so far
- Pick a project:
Note: most projects here will take longer than 4 hours to complete. That’s OK! Our goal during project day is to help you get started on something significant that you can continue working on after the Week of Code.
- Show and Tell
- Show us one thing you made this week
- Tell us one interesting thing you learned
- What’s one thing you want to create next?
- Next steps for learning
- Online resources: Code.org, Codecademy, Udacity
- Awesome Inc Fall/Spring weekly classes: