From July 20-24, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) is hosting ChaTech’s 2020 Code Camp. This program is for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students.
Now in our sixth year, this code camp is a unique experience for students to work with information technology (IT) professionals in a business environment. This year, the dedicated facilitators from BCBST coded and developed a curriculum from scratch that takes a dive into artificial intelligence. In the past our campers have 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 12-15-year-olds programmed their bots to sense danger and navigate over, around, or through it! We cannot wait to see what our campers will do this year!
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 are provided. Temporary-use laptops and all the necessary learning materials for students are provided on-site during the week. On the last day, we have presentations from each team. The campers will demonstrate how the code isn’t all about the commands on the screen, but also problem-solving and teamwork. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the presentation.
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