Do you enjoy the creative process? Are you a builder of things? Do you like to solve problems? Are you curious about how technology is changing the world? If you answered yes to any of these, then the SPARK! Exploration program is for you! During our week together, we will explore computer science, practice problem solving and experiment building as we learn to work together in diverse teams to create solutions.
- July 29 through August 2
- Open to rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
- $200 (early bird rate), $225 (after April 15)
2018 SPARK! Exploration Highlights
35 students came from 20 schools across the region to joins us for the first ever SPARK! Exploration Program, a computer science learning and hackathon experience for middle school students. As with our SPARK! high school hackathon, the ages and abilities were wide ranging and so we began the week fostering a diverse community that problem solves and collaborates together. Seven high school youth mentors also joined us to be role models and share their passion for computer science with the 5th through 8th grade participants. Mid-week, participants had the opportunity to join 2 workshops (Game Design, Web Design, Computer Vision, Hummingbird Robotics or Micro:Bit). Then they began taking all they had learned and worked on projects they have defined for themselves. On Friday afternoon, we held a Demo Party to share the projects with friends and family.