Java Camp

Java Coding Camp

Java Programming

Java Programming Camp

Course Description

Learn the programming language that built Minecraft and Twitter! Get a headstart on your high school AP Computer Science class or exam by learning the Java programming language at Vision Tech Camps. 

 Java is a great introductory computer programming language for getting young coders to learn programming and basic programming paradigms. In this camp, students will start with the basics of Java programming, progressing to more advanced topics such as Methods, Object Oriented Programming, Classes, Algorithms, and Data Structures. Campers will go beyond the fundamentals of Java programming by designing and developing applications such as games, programming robots, and many other fun projects using Java in an Integrated Development Environment, or IDE. 

At the end of the week, students will take home their source code and finished projects on a flash drive.

Camp Information
Information

Genre:
Coding

Ages:
13-17

Skill Level:

Locations:
Berkeley, Danville, Saratoga, Moraga

Software & Hardware:

Hours:
9 AM - 5 PM

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Learn to Program with Java

Create impressive looking games for mobile — all with a gentle intro to programming!

Make Incredible Graphics

Learn how to create graphics in Java, learning how to make graphical user interfaces, games, and much much more!

Use the Best in Tech

Learn how to program using an Integrated Development Environment to make programming and debugging a cinch! Learn about stacktraces, exceptions, and more!

Minecraft Skills Learned

Campers learn to:

  • Using the Eclipse IDE
  • Learn about computers and what coding is
  • Learn the difference between high-level and low-level programming languages
  • Learn about linguistic syntax and how it applies to coding
  • Creating and using programming structures such as conditional structures, loops, and more
  • Learn about data structures and classes
  • Object Oriented Programming and its advantages and disadvantages
  • Designing an efficient algorithm
  • Error handling and debugging
  • Designing a project with real-world applications
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Prior Programming Understanding

This camp requires no previous coding experience. Each student will be provided their own computer and equipment but may be asked to work in teams for certain challenges.

Equipment and Software Used

In this camp, each camper will have access to a custom-built, high-end computer and a large monitor. Students will be using a variety of tools to help them learn programming, including Java, Eclipse, robots, and others throughout the course.

Camp Dates & Registration

Camp Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Full Day) | 9 AM – 12 PM (AM) | 1 PM – 4 PM (PM)

Sample Day

Each day at Vision Tech Camps is carefully planned to ensure a personalized learning experience and to ensure that each student meets their individual goals. Our flexible schedule provides time for group instruction, one on one attention, project completion, and teamwork exercises.

7:30 am: Extended Care Check In 

Early check-in for campers who have chosen the AM Extended Care Option – students can choose from a variety of pre-camp activities.

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Rolling Drop off

Check-in and pre-camp activities, including introductions & hardware & computer distribution

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Welcome and review of daily schedule

Students connect with instructors, ask questions, and instructors go over the course outline

9:15 am – 10:30 am: Core Tech Modules

This hour is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Break

Students can spend their free time having snacks, drinks, continue working independently, play, reading, or relax on the sofa

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Core Tech Modules

This hour is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

Kids & teens who have ordered our Meal Plan will be provided their hot lunch. Other students may bring their own bag lunch and eat outside under the supervision of camp staff. Students may utilize nearby parks to play and experience the outdoors.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Core Tech Modules

This period is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

Students can spend their free time having snacks, drinks, continue working independently, play, reading, or relax on the sofa

3:30 pm – 5:00 am: Core Tech Modules & Wrap Up

This period is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught. Kids & teens wrap up the day’s projects.

5:00 pm – 5:15pm : Pick up Time

Parents pick up kids & teens who are not enrolled in extended care. 

5:15pm – 6:15pm: Extended Care Pick Up Time

Students in extended care are picked up

Vision Tech Camps Instruction

Real Instruction. Quality STEM Summer Tech Projects

We believe that learning technology should be part of kids & teens summer camp experiences. Summer tech camps offer kids a relaxed and fun way to explore their tech interests and gain an edge for college or university. At Vision Tech Camps, we pride ourselves on building STEM curriculum with concrete learning goals, where teachers initially lead students through lessons with a projector, followed by students doing their own projects on their computers. This way, kids & teens learn the basics and go on to explore their interests, resulting in tech projects that students are proud to call their own at the end of the course.

Beginner through Advanced Students

Our STEM summer camps are designed to accommodate a wide skill range, challenging the most advanced students, while encouraging beginners to take that first step into the field. We achieve that through hiring instructors who are tech savvy, and a technology curriculum that is adjustable for all skill levels. In addition, our low student-to-instructor ratio, which is kept at 8:1 instructor to student ratio – *not* a staff ratio, allows plenty of personalized one-on-one attention during the summer course.

Comfortable & Private Facilities

Since we own our two tech camp facilities at Danville & Saratoga, students feel comfortable and at ease at our facilities. As these are our permanent summer camp locations, we are able to minimize technical difficulties ahead of time and provide the most advanced tech hardware, custom-built computers, and professional grade software to our campers for a more enjoyable summer tech camp.

The Best Computer Camp Instructors

Vision Tech only hires the most passionate and caring instructors who are also experienced in the individual course material they are hired to teach. We train each instructor personally and instill them with Vision Tech teaching practices and values, ensuring that all students have fun in our summer camps, learn skills, and most importantly are inspired to continue their journey long after they have left our summer tech camps.

FAQ

What is Java?

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.

Does my child need to have any programming experience to enroll in this coding camp?

No, this camp curriculum is designed for students from beginner level to advanced level. Students with no experience will be given an introduction into Java Programming.

What will my child learn in this tech camp?

Students will learn to program in Java, including basic syntax and compilation rules. In addition, students will be introduced to concepts such as conditional structures, variables, and object oriented design. Students will work on their projects using the concepts they have learned, including making games, simulations, and robots.

Will this camp help my child in AP Computer Science class?

Students will gain an introduction to many of the concepts that will be taught in AP Computer Science, making it easier for the student to gain proficiency in the AP Computer Science class material. This camp does not cover all of subjects covered in the AP Computer Science class, but does cover most of the core concepts.

What is the difference between the Computer Programming with Java camp, and the Python Game Development camp?

The Computer Programming with Java camp has a stronger emphasis on learning about programming in general using the Eclipse IDE, whereas the Python Game Development camp is focused on making games using the PyGame engine with PyCharms. The Python camp is more focused towards learning about how to build games using code, whereas this camp is more generally focused.

Is lunch provided at Vision Tech Camps?

Yes, if students select the meal plan option in our Danville and Saratoga locations. Otherwise, students are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Our meal plan is not available in the Piedmont location, unfortunately.

My child is not within the age range of this camp. Is this camp appropriate for my child?

The age ranges provided are for informational and guidance purpose only. We feel that parents are the ultimate judge of where their child will comfortable. If parents are uncertain, we encourage parents to call us for appropriate recommendations on placement of their kids.

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