Coding & Digital Animation

Dates: June 16-20
Time: 9 am–3 pm
Grades: Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2014
Cost: $300 by the "Early Bird" deadline (April 17, 2014); $350 after April 17, 2014
Lunch: lunch included

Curious about programming, but intimidated by writing code? Consider yourself creative and a good storyteller? Come animate your own cartoon while learning how to program at the same time. Learn basic principles of object-oriented programming using Alice 3.0 to make animated shorts. Hands-on coding will be paired with inquiry-based activities for young programmers to learn how to think like an engineer and a storyteller. Students will also spend a day in San Francisco to observe high level professionals in the field. At the end of the week, students will showcase an animated film complete with soundtrack and dialogue. This course is intended for students with little to no programming experience who want to learn what programming is all about and have fun while doing it!

Instructor: Riaz Abdulla
Now in his seventh year at SHC, Riaz Abdulla is the moderator the programming club and a physics and AP Physics instructor. He holds a master’s degree in physics (specialty computational physics) from Purdue University, and a master’s degree in education from the University in San Francisco in Digital Media and Learning. Abdulla is especially interested in making computer programming an explicit part of the high school curriculum for all students in a way that is user-friendly, realistic, and fun. In his spare time, he likes to play piano, cook, and read. A native of Indianapolis Indiana, he considers San Francisco his true home.

Take a sneak peak at the types of projects students will create in this year's course!

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