ALPHA Camp members.
SUBMITTED BY NICOLE CHENA ND SIDDARTH IJJU
Computer science is an integral part of our world. However, the number of students learning computer science is significantly lower than that of the field’s constant demand. That is why high school students Nicole Chen and Siddarth Ijju have dedicated their summer to teaching, guiding, and motivating students to learn Computer Science. Nicole Chen, an incoming sophomore at Cherry Creek High School, took AP Computer Science and will be taking Data Structures next year. Processing, Java, SQL, and HTML are just a few of the coding languages she is familiar with. Siddarth Ijju, an incoming junior at Cherry Creek High School, has taken AP Computer Science and Data Structures and will be taking a course at DU next year. Python, Java, C++, SQL, LaTeX, Swift and Processing are some of the languages he is familiar with.
Both of them are dedicated to spreading their interest in computer science to younger students. Current opportunities available for middle school students interested in computer science are very limited. “In middle school, we don’t have any computer science or coding classes. We have robotics and multimedia, but we don’t have coding,” says Jeremy Elgavish, a student who took the camps over the summer.
UNIQ Camp members.
“I think that many students aren’t motivated to approach computer science because they don’t think it’s something for them,” says Chen, “but computer science can be anything and for anyone. With hard work and motivation, you can go from drawing a purple rectangle on your screen to programming your own website!”
At DTC Computer Science Camp, students going into 7th, 8th, or 9th grade can join the UNIQ or ALPHA sessions. In the UNIQ session, students learn basic programming concepts in Processing, an online computer coded sketchpad. At the end of the week, students can successfully code their own games such as tic-tac-toe, runaway band, and bouncing ball. In the ALPHA session, students seeking for more challenging topics learn through the Eclipse platform by coding in the Java language. “I think the best part of computer science is finally being able to find the solution to the problem,” said Cassidy Seader, a student who took the camps over the summer.
“It’s important that students start coding at a young age because technology is advancing so quickly,” says Ijju. “That’s why Nicole and I started this camp to encourage kids to delve into computer science. We hope our camp helps young students develop a passion for computer science.”
Nicole and Sid will be running their 2019 DTC Computer Science Camps in the upcoming year. They plan to open up and teach even more subjects such as SQL, HTML, and Python in addition to Java and Processing to students. Registration will open end of February 2019.
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