From July 15 – 19th, 2019, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee hosted ChaTech’s 2019 Code Camp. This program is for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade students.
Now in our fifth year, this code camp is a unique experience for students to work with IT professionals in a professional environment. This year, the dedicated facilitators from BCBST coded and developed a curriculum from scratch that took a deep dive into artificial intelligence. Our campers programmed a virtual robot to navigate mazes to find the exit, with the mazes getting progressively harder as they solved each one. The mazes were also littered with traps, so these 12-14-year-olds programmed their bots to sense danger and navigate over, around, or through it!
No matter your child’s coding skill level, this camp teaches your young coder the basics of variables, functions, commands, and conditional logic.
The camp is free to attend each year, thanks to the support of BCBST. Each day, breakfast and lunch were provided, as well as laptops and all the necessary learning materials. On the last day, we had presentations from each team. The campers talked about how the code isn’t all about the commands on the screen, but problem-solving and teamwork. The task given to them was hard, but they said how it is made easier by just asking for help and working with their fellow campers.
If your child is interested in signing up for 2019’s camp, the application will be posted here around early April.
My son has not stopped talking about what he has learned this week, and is still modifying his robot to get through the more complex mazes. He is genuinely upset that the week is over. Honestly, I don’t know how any other camp or summer program could hold a candle to this past week.
- Parent of a 2018 Code Camper
This was my first visit to Code Camp and it completely blew me away. Kids that are exposed to programs of this caliber get a taste of professional in the form of team collaboration, success and failure. These lessons can only assist in positively shaping their future.
- Kennard Yamada, Sales Manager @ EPB Fi - 2018 Code Camp Judge