Power it up…learn to code.
FOR PARENTS AND YOUTH
Youth Code Jam is ready to get you inspired, build your confidence and help you imagine yourself in the jobs of the future. If you’re 7 to 17 years old, we’re ready for you!
Are you a teacher interested in learning how to integrate computer programming into your curriculum? Do you want to earn your computer science certification? We’re excited to announce our Youth Code Jam Professional Development Program. For more information or to apply, visit our PD page.
Are you girl coder in middle or high school? Join our She Code Connect™ team. We meet twice a month on Saturdays and geek out together. We build websites, tinker with code, play with physics and all kinds of technology goodness. Visit the website our girls built together to learn more.
UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS
June 26-30 | 9 am to 4 pm |Upper Middle/High School | Java | UTSA Main Campus | $360 | Register Now
This camp is best for middle and high school students who have already had some programming experience beyond drag and drop. Students should have already mastered basic programming concepts and have done some free-form coding. Students will have an opportunity to learn to fundamental programming concepts, including object-oriented programming, through hands-on projects. Register before April 15 and get a $30 discount. Limited spaces available.
July 10-14 | 9 am to 12 pm |Middle School Girls Only | Girls and Bots: Learn to Code with Finch | UTSA Main Campus | $180 | Register Now
We’ll let Finch teach us! The Finch is a small robot designed to inspire and delight students learning computer science by providing them a tangible and physical representation of their code. Students will work in teams, experiment, and challenge each other in this hands-on camp as we learn how to design computer programs to make our robots move. No previous coding experience necessary. Register before April 15 and get a $15 discount. Limited spaces available.
July 10-14 | 1 pm to 4:30 pm | Middle School Co-Ed | Game Studio: Design Your Own Video Game | UTSA Main Campus |$180 |Register Now
Like to play video games? How about creating one of your own? Students at this camp will explore game design mechanics, logic, problem solving and storyboarding as they work to create and code their very own video game. No previous coding experience necessary.Register before April 15 and get a $15 discount. Limited space available.
July 10 – 14 | 9 am to 4 pm | Advanced Middle and High School Co-Ed | C Programming and Advanced Math | St. Mary’s University |$360 |Register Now
We had so much fun last year, we’re bringing this camp back again this summer! An application is required for this week-long summer intensive for programmers and mathematically talented upper middle and high school students. All students must have completed Algebra 1 with at least a B average. This camp is open to young men and women who are interested in diving deep. Mornings will be spent learning C Programming. Afternoons will be immersed in mathematical problem solving and thinking to strengthen your skill set. Application fee: non-refundable $10.
July 17-21 | 9 am to 12 pm | Elementary School Co-Ed | Oh Snap! Summer Camp with the Finches | UTSA Main Campus | $180 |Register Now
The Finch is a small robot designed for students as young as 5. Through simple drag and drop coding, our youngest students will learn how to think computationally as they make their robots move through obstacle courses. It will be a super fun week as students work in teams, experiment and see just how code translates into the physical world. Register before April 15 and get a $15 discount. Limited spaces available.
July 17-21 | 9 am to 4 pm | Upper Middle and High School Students | Cyber Jam: Beginners | St. Mary’s University | $360 |Register Now
This camp will be taught by Ayad Barsoum, Graduate Program Director – Cybersecurity, at St. Mary’s University. It’s a hands-on cybersecurity and introduction to computer programming camp that will raise students’ interest in cybersecurity and programming areas. The camp will focus on presenting students with the fundamental principles and hands-on experience that will increase their cybersecurity awareness. The instruction will include various cybersecurity topics, including security essentials, email security, phishing attacks, password security, mobile app security, physical security, safe social networks, safer web browsing, and social engineering. Register before April 15 and get a $30 discount. Limited spaces available.
July 24-28 | 9 am to 4 pm | Upper Middle and High School Students | Cyber Jam 2: Enhanced | St. Mary’s University | $360 |Register Now
This camp, for students with some previous experience with cyber security, will be taught by Ayad Barsoum, Graduate Program Director – Cybersecurity, at St. Mary’s University. We’ll take a deeper dive with cybersecurity ethics and cybercrimes, security settings on personal computers, administering operating systems securely, various security threats and attacks, secure internet access, and social engineering. Moreover, students will be introduced to computer programming skills that will help them to understand the cybersecurity first principles and develop various programs for symmetric and asymmetric encryption schemes, checking data integrity, and performing cryptanalysis and code breaking. Register before April 15 and get a $30 discount. Limited spaces available.
July 31-August 4 | 9 am to 12 pm | 4th and 5th graders | Cool Kids Code | NISD Learning Center | $180 | Registration opens April 1
Learn to code with plugged and unplugged activities that will teach your child how to think computationally, problem solve logically and have a ton of fun completing challenges. Every day, we’ll explore a new resource to learn to code. Students will create programs to solve problems and develop simple games and stories. No previous coding experience required. Limited space available.
July 31-August 4 | 1 pm to 4 pm | Middle School | Minecraft Mods | NISD Learning Center | $180 | Registration opens April 1
Does your child love Minecraft? We’ll enter into Code Kingdoms to let aspiring modders learn to code while building what they want. We’ll show students how to build Minecraft mods and get creative with computing. No previous coding experience necessary. If you want your child to be able to access his mods from home, we strongly suggest getting a Minecraft account before the camp begins. Limited space available.
August 7 – August 11 | 9 am to 12 pm | 4th and 5th graders | Get Your Hands on the Bots | NISD Learning Center | $180 | Registration opens April 1
We’ll let Finch teach us! The Finch is a small robot designed to inspire and delight students learning computer science by providing them a tangible and physical representation of their code. Students will work in teams, experiment, and challenge each other in this hands-on camp as we learn how to design computer programs to make our robots move. No previous coding experience necessary. Limited space available.
August 7 – August 11 | 1 pm to 4 pm | Middle School Girls Only | She Code Connect™ Explore Coding through Art | NISD Learning Center | $180 | Registration opens April 1
This camp is just for girls! In Art, students will use their creativity and imagination to create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects both on the computer and off. We’ll use programming languages, hardware, arduinos and more to explore what it means to make art in a tech-driven world. No previous coding experience necessary. Limited space available.
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May 20, 2017 – Youth Code Jam event for teens with high functioning autism and Aspergers. Sign up here to be notified when we open registration.
September 16, 2017 – Youth Code Jam community wide event. Be sure to register for our email list so you are first to be notified.
Our Code Jam events are semi-unstructured, collaborative, creativity-inspiring, bring-your-own-laptop experiences for youth and their parents. We focus on inspiring young people to get excited about technology and its uses and on connecting the dots for parents and students from playing online to creating online to real world, high demand, high paying jobs.
Students at our jam are encouraged to work on whatever they think is interesting. They get to choose if they want to float around, spending time at many learning stations and working on different things, or if they’d rather spend all their time working on one project. Our volunteer mentors are there to help along the way, explaining, encouraging, expanding.
Our popup events take place at various times throughout the year, including our very special special jam for teens with high functioning autism and Aspergers. Sign up to be notified when we open our next popup special event.
Youth Code Jam works with elementary, middle and high school clubs to support them in the development of their own after school clubs. We have materials to help them get started and can often find volunteers to serve as mentors in the classroom. Request a mentor.
Summer camps are over for 2016. And wow! What a summer we had! From learning to design games to flying drones to learning all kinds of programming languages, more than 250 students spent a week or more with us, gaining skills, building confidence, learning how to create amazing things on a computer. Check out our impact summer camp impact here.
She Code Connect
She Code Connect inspires, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in technology through a series of monthly gatherings for teen girls who are interested in computer science to meet together, build community and be exposed to female role models. In short, it’s the teen version of the women in tech meetup movement. We will tackle upfront the feeling of being isolated because you’re the only girl in your computer science class. We’ll build a strong tribe that feels connected to each other and the industry. To be notified of our next meeting, sign up here.
TechTEAM Fellows are high school programmers who apply and are accepted into our fellowship program. They are provided opportunities to learn new curriculum, leadership skills, peer to peer mentoring, financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills through classroom workshops and hands-on creation and management of after school coding clubs.
Our 2016-17 Fellows are: Elizabeth Rodriguez, Valeria Munoz Gonzales, Rashawd Mulkey and Angeline Macias. Congratulations!