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Coding with Scratch and VEX Virtual Robotics

  • Price: $399/week
  • Age: 7 - 9
  • Skill Level: Beginner–Intermediate
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Weeklong program, 2 hours per day

About This Course

Scratch, developed by MIT, is the gold standard for learning to code creatively. This software helps develop computational thinking skills while removing barriers to self-expression through program design. Without intimidating grammar or syntax, you can focus on solving problems and building projects that are more fun than work. These skills transfer to exploring VEX Virtual Robotics where you’ll dive into navigation, more advanced AI, and solve real-world-inspired problems with sensor data. Start your pathway to a lifelong journey of creative coding and design!

Tools: Scratch by MIT Media Lab

Topics Covered

  • Create variables and if-else statements
  • Program using arithmetic operators
  • Design and animate sprites
  • Experiment and explore to build creativity and confidence

Sample Schedule

In this course, students will begin their journey into computer programming with the interactive drag-and-drop coding blocks of Scratch and VEXcode VR.

Throughout the week, students will engage in instructor-led lessons, collaborative discussions, and independent project work. Here’s a sample of what a week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of the key material and student experience. 

Students will dive into the fundamentals of coding with Scratch’s visual code blocks. Using drag-and-drop coding, they’ll create and animate sprites with motion and visual effects.

Building on their new Scratch skills, students will develop a game featuring custom variables that keep track of the player’s score and imaginative sprites they’ll draw on a digital canvas.

Turn up the volume! About halfway through the week, students will record custom audio for in-game sound effects and use code-driven sensors to turn games into interactive, dynamic experiences.

Incorporating the robotics component of the course, students will calculate distances and trajectories with the VEXcode VR virtual robot.

Students will train the virtual robot to navigate obstacles and mazes using sensors and dynamic equations.

Portfolio-Boosting Transcript

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive an official iD Tech transcript outlining the skills they learned over the course of the week.

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Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your child. With 23 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. It's no surprise that iconic companies like Google, EA, Microsoft, and Disney hire the same talent we do. Our iD Certified instructors possess the whole package of skills that top employers seek.

  • 100% USA-based, adult instructors

  • Recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU

  • Rigorous background and reference checks

  • Robust training programs and certification

  • Adherence to American Camp Association accredited guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Scratch is a platform for kids to make games, but more educationally, it’s a tool for young minds to bring imagination and ideas to life with code. In fact, Scratch is one of the most popular “block-based coding” options out there, and it’s one of the best programming languages for kids.  Learn more about making games on Scratch.

Learning to code can seem intimidating at first, but Scratch removes that barrier for kids. With adorable characters and straightforward block-based coding, Scratch is the ultimate introduction to the wide world of programming! 

Scratch may be designed for younger kids, but the programming fundamentals they will learn through Scratch will set them up for more sophisticated programming and computational skills down the road! With block coding basics under their belts, kids will have an easier time learning Java, Python, C++, and other sophisticated, yet beginner-friendly, languages that unlock a world of possibilities in STEM majors and careers! 

Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.

While we are proud to offer world-class experiences on many of the world’s most prestigious university campuses, we also recognize that many families need the flexibility of quality virtual learning! It’s with these families in mind that we’ve adapted the core elements of our flagship camps to an online format with our Virtual Tech Camps

Like our on-campus programs, Virtual Tech Camps feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each week includes live  teaching of our signature, cutting-edge curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. To complete the experience, our Virtual Tech Camps incorporate all the magic of summer camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions!

To run this online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer, a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing. Any course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.

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