Digital Building Blocks: Adventures in Blockly (Rising 1st to 2nd Grade)
Have you ever wanted to learn how to think like a computer? Do you want to code on the computer screen and off the screen in real life? Check out this week of coding fun at MODA’s Digital Building Blocks camp!
Go beyond an Hour of Code™ this summer and learn the ins and outs of coding logic using Blockly-based programming. Blockly, Google’s visual programming library, is a user-friendly visual programming language which uses digital blocks that ‘snap’ together to represent various code concepts like sequencing, loops, conditional statements, and more.
Every morning of this camp will be filled with creative exploration as campers investigate coding through plugged and unplugged activities. Each day campers will explore the basics of programming, from discovering the meaning of code using homemade treasure maps, to conditional statements using litteBits, color-coded modules that snap together magnetically to create simple circuits. Campers will take on loops as we design our own collaborative stories using code in Scratch, a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
Building on skills gained throughout the week, campers will end camp by participating in MODA’s Coding Games, where they will use different coding concepts they’ve learned throughout the week to complete a series of challenges.
Skills campers will learn:
- Basic concepts of programming
- Reinforced coding concepts through plugged and unplugged activities
- Order of operations
- Creative confidence
- Fine-motor skills
- Problem solving skills
- Design thinking
- Science, technology, engineering, arts, math and design concepts
This is a week long camp for rising 1st to 2nd grade students that runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. This camp is being held at MODA, 1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Blair Banks, Education Coordinator
Blair strives to combine her studies of race and ethnicity with design in order to create programming for children that is not only relevant to their experiences, but also presents them with ideas that originate beyond their backyards. She crafts unique field trip experiences that support and reinforce classroom learning through hands on activities, and tours of MODA's rotating exhibitions. Blair also heads up MODA's Education Partnerships – a series of meaningful collaborative efforts between MODA and various schools and organizations that strive to incorporate design as a problem solving tool for addressing 21st century challenges.
Please note: Camp member discounts apply only to MODA Sustaining Membership levels beginning at $8/month or $96/year and above. For more information about memberships or to join, visit museumofdesign.org/membership/ or contact membership at museumofdesign.org.
Exemption Notice: This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to www.decal.ga.gov or call 404.657.5562
Minimum Enrollment: Should the program you request not meet a minimum enrollment, you will be contacted at least one month prior to the start of your camp session.
Food Allergies: Should campMODA need a food allergy action plan for your camper, please contact the camp administrator at campMODA@museumofdesign.org.
Special Needs: Campers with learning differences and behavioral needs are welcome at campMODA! Please contact Blair Banks at 404.979.6455 so that we can have a conversation and discuss your camper’s unique potential, and how to best celebrate their strengths and accommodate their challenges.
Once campMODA confirms your camper's enrollment:
- Registrations that are cancelled 2 weeks prior to the start of the session will result in a refund of the amount paid minus the $100 non-refundable registration fee (Amount paid - $100 non-refundable registration fee = Refund).
- No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the session.
- If you have any last minute emergencies, do not hesitate to contact MODA's Education Coordinator at campMODA at museumofdesign.org or 404.979.6455 so that we can discuss the best options for you and your camper.