Programming Camp for Kids and Teens
Coding camp by Vision Tech Camp
Programming empowers kids, whether they want to build an app, design a software application, design a game, mod Minecraft, or learn about robotics, the code is everywhere. It’s like learning a new language, programming comes more naturally the earlier kids start. From Google to Apple to Microsoft, the tech industry is a growing industry and is projected to see the fastest job growth out of all categories.
Vision Tech Camps offers Java, Python and many other programming camps designed to help kids and teens learn multiple programming languages from an early age. Vision Tech Coding camps help students learn the abstract concept of programming through tangible and fun programming projects. Our programming camps are offered at our locations in Danville, Saratoga, Berkeley, and Moraga.
What are Summer Programming Camps?
Vision Tech’s programming & coding camp courses are developed, designed, and taught by programmers who love computer science & coding, and understand the importance of teaching kids to code in a fun way – utilizing robotics, Minecraft, and games to help students visualize the results of their code. At camp, kids & teens learn programming by diving into small projects that allow them to immerse themselves in real-life coding & understand important concepts necessary for learning any programming language. As these projects mirror students own interests, students gain valuable experience and knowledge, while having fun at summer camp.
What is taught during coding camp?
At Vision Tech Camp, our coding camps help students learn to code in a fun and effective manner. In LEGO Robotics summer camp students start with writing basic movement programs for their EV3 robots and then move on to writing a more complex computer program for their robots so robots can navigate a maze or solve many challenges set for them. In our Computer Science & Robotics Engineering with Arduino programming camp, students use the Arduino platform to learn
What is a Programming Camp?
Programming is the science of writing a series of instructions to command a computer to perform the desired task, such as moving a robot or making a game character perform certain actions. Programming involves the creation of these series of instructions, or “programs”. The code of these programs can be written a variety of different programming languages, such as Java, Python, or C, but regardless of programming language, these are a series of instructions for the computer to perform. In programming camp, students learn different programming languages by learning to code their code projects.
How can learning coding help my child?
Computer programs have become ubiquitous in recent years, both in the workplace and at home. Learning the basics of programming helps students understand how these programs work, and better understand the world around them. In addition, learning programming helps kids develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Programming also helps students to become active content producers and explore tech careers including programming, game design, & robotics
What programming courses does VisionTech offer?
VisionTech offers several programming courses, including Robotics & Visual Programming, Computer Science & Robotics with Arduino, Java Programming Camp, Game Development with Python Programming, Python Coding Camp, Minecraft Modding with Java & Forge, & Coding & Video Game Design with Tynker. In addition, our 3D Level Design with Unreal Engine 4 camp features some optional programming segments.
Is coding different from programming? Is scripting different from programming?
While there is a technical difference between the terms programming and coding, the two terms are often used interchangeably – even in professional environments. Scripting usually refers to small programs built in certain languages, and while it is also often used interchangeably with programming, it is used less often – for example, you would be unlikely to see someone programming in Java to refer to their code as a script.
What programming language should a new learner start with?
The choice of first programming language for new students is often hotly debated among teachers and computer scientists. However, while each student is unique, we believe that it is best for students at younger ages to start learning with a visual programming language, such as those offered in the Robotics & Visual Programming camp. For older students who are planning to learn a more “traditional” programming language with written code, we believe the ideal first language to be either Python or Java. However, each student is unique, and often student interest in a topic, such as an Arduino robot, can make their first language choice more suited to their interests.
My child has very little coding experience, is my child a good fit for Vision Tech?
Absolutely! At VisionTech, every child will work on their individual computer and projects during coding camp, thus controlling where they start. Beginning programmers will start with introductory lessons, designed to give first time learners a solid foundation to learn programming.
My child has done some coding at home, is my child a good fit for Vision Tech?
Absolutely! At VisionTech, every child will work on their individual computer and projects, thus controlling where they start. Advanced students will start with a quick refresher, and move on to intermediate and advanced lessons with more challenging programming projects.
What is an IDE?
Many of our programming camps use an Integrated Development Environment, or an IDE during camp. An Integrated Development Environment is a tool designed to make programming easier on the programmer, often flagging common issues up, and assisting in the running and debugging of code. These IDE’s generally vary depending on the language being taught in camp, but these are often invaluable tools assisting programmers.
What is the Java programming language?
Java is currently one of the world’s most popular programming language – and a great introduction to programming. The Java Programming Language is currently what is tested on the AP Computer Science tests, and a great programming language to get kids and teens coding. Java code is cross-platform, meaning that it works on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, regardless of operating system, thus making ideal for all computer users to start learning programming.
What is the Python programming language?
Python is quickly becoming one of the world’s most popular and easy-to-learn programming languages – and a great introduction to programming. The Python Programming Language is one of the fastest growing languages in the world, and a great programming language to get kids and teens coding. The Python interpreter is cross platform, meaning that it works on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, regardless of operating system, and provides an excellent introduction to coding, given its user-interactive nature. We utilize Python in our Game Programming with Python camp, and our Python Coding camp.
What are C programming languages?
The C family of programming languages, including C, C++, C#, Objective C, Robot-C, and many others are programming languages that are influenced by the original C language. C, and C++ in particular, are extremely popular, and while older than some more recent languages, are valued for their speed. However, due to complexities in their design, many of these languages can be a little tricky to use. While some variants, such as C# are easier to use, they often sacrifice the speed that makes C++ so popular.
Summer Programming Camp Locations?
- Our Danville Programming Camp is located in the Town & Country shopping center in easy driving distance from Alamo, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, & Walnut Creek. Danville features all of our available programming camps, including Java programming, Python, Sparkfun Redboard, & more.
- Our Saratoga Coding Camp is located within easy driving distance of Los Gatos, Cupertino, Monte Sereno, San Jose, Campbell, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, and Los Altos. Our Saratoga location offers most of our programming camps, including Java, Python, and Scratch programming.
- Our Moraga Programming Camp is located within St. Mary’s College of CA, and offers Python and Java programming. Moraga is easy to drive to from within Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Walnut Creek.
- Our Berkeley Coding Camp features all of our programming camps and is easily commutable from within Berkeley, El Cerrito, San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, Mill Valley, Piedmont, & Sausalito
- Piedmont Programming Camp