HONESDALE—Local students in grades six, seven and eight are able to take part in a new summer camp this year.
From July 31 through August 3, Yoga International, The Cooperage and The Stourbridge Project will host Cod1ng C4mp, a day camp for young techies in the making.
The camp centers around use of the Arduino UNO system, LittleBitz, Ozobots and mBot to teach participants the basics of circuit building, computer programming and robotics.
Practical applications will include running robots through an obstacle course and constructing a mechanical arm.
According to lead instructor Bruce Johnson, day one will introduce campers to circuitry fundamentals.
Day two will branch into the basics of logical programming. Day three introduces the students to the star of the show, Arduino. Day four pulls everything together in the construction of a cardboard arm powered by the UNO and programmed through Google Blockly.
Johnson explained using Blockly is ideal for children and beginners because its breaks code down into visual segments which fit together like a puzzle, aiding comprehension.
The ultimate goal is to foster an interest in technology production and hopefully lead the campers to other programming and circuitry outlets, said Johnson.
Fellow instructor and Yoga International contact John Daskovsky shared this sentiment, stating that it was a major impetus in the camp's inception.
A burgeoning tech and media company, Yoga International concerns itself with the benefits technology can do for surrounding businesses, said Daskovsky.
He stated: “As we've been growing, we feel excited about what tech can do for business everywhere.”
He added that the company is excited to share that idea with children and show them what technological possibilities exist in the area.
Similar tech camps exist in Scranton and other larger metropolitan areas, said Daskovsky, “why not do that here?”
The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Parents can drop campers off for the morning session at the Stourbridge Project and retrieve them from the Cooperage.
Cod1ng C4mp costs $100 per student, which pays for the class materials. There is a $20 discount for siblings.
According to a press release, scholarships are available from Yoga International and there is a free lunch at the Cooperage.
Proceeds from the camp benefit The Cooperage, The Stourbridge Project and the Wayne/Pike Workforce Alliance.
Space is limited to 60 kids on a first-come-first-served basis. According to Daskovsky, applications will be accepted up to opening day.
They are available at The Cooperage Project website and can be mailed or delivered back to 1030 Main Street, Honesdale with payment.
More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (570) 253-2020.