OUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Make Quantum Leaps
in Small Sequential Steps
We believe learning to code requires both an understanding of conceptual frameworks and attention to the practice that yields desired outcomes. Our campers learn the fundamental principles of computer programming using Python and our proprietary teaching curriculum. This core knowledge is then translated into fun and interactive hands-on coding projects with the highly engaging Marty the Robot (Grades 3-5) and Misty the Robot (Grades 6-8).
Marty the Robot is a real humanoid robot designed to teach kids about computer programming. Marty can walk, turn, dance, kick a football, and engage with young aspiring coders in ways that remote controlled cars and toys cannot. S/he is a popular teaching tool in the UK and we've brought her to the US to share one of the most likable robots we've encountered! Younger coders start with Scratch and move on to Python at their own pace. No previous coding experience is required.
Misty the Robot is a developer robot designed for programmers who want to test their ideas on a real-world AI platform. Misty has a high-resolution camera and face recognition capabilities with microphones and sensors to track positional information and the sounds of her environment. Misty also has an engaging personality! She can express fear, love, goofiness, and control her arms and legs to wave, point, and dance. Coders learn core programming skills using Python gradually develop more elaborate AI programs for Misty. Previous coding experience is helpful but not required.
For campers in both Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8, we are able to expand our small-group customized teaching model to accommodate those who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills in additional weeks of summer camp. We recommend starting with one week and registering for additional weeks later if desired.
SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Camp instructors teach coding and robotics in small groups (maximum 4 campers) organized by age, coding experience, and computer skills. We try to make learning the principles of coding engaging, fun, and creative: there's no telling what robots will do!
Typical Daily Schedule
8:30a - 9:00a Arrival and games
8:30a Arrival, setup, and gathering time
9:00a Learning the principles of programming
10:00a Snack break and group games
10:30a Understanding the practice of coding
11:00a Coding with Marty and Misty
12:00p - 1:00p Outdoor lunch & games
1:00p Thematic Talks: How AI works
1:30p Writing programs for Marty and Misty
2:00p Fun with Marty and Misty
2:30p Robotic projects for parent presentations on Friday
3:00p Day ends
3:00p - 3:30p Games and departure
All About Us
CODEMAKERS offers summer coding and robotics camps to kids and teens in the Boston area. Campers learn the core principles and practices of programming through interaction with highly engaging humanoid robots. Summer camp sessions are taught in small groups of four by enthusiastic computer science and engineering majors and grad students. Campers learn in a relaxed and fun environment and gradually build the technical skills needed to develop their own robotics and AI projects.