This Yearâ€™s Programs Involves Students in the Art of Computer Science – Posted 7/10/14
A group of about 15 students from Dover High School opted to spend part of their summer exercising their minds, developing some computer science skills and learning about college as participants in this yearâ€™s Summer Academy at County College of Morris (CCM).
Now in its 22nd year, the Summer Academy provides Dover High School students with a one-week opportunity to sharpen their science, math and technology skills and start planning for college. This yearâ€™s program on the â€śArt of Computer Scienceâ€ť ran from July 7 â€“ 11.
â€śItâ€™s a really good experience for someone my age,â€ť said Lenin Agustin, 15. â€śNot a lot of people think about college at my age. The thing that motivates me is that I want to make a good living.â€ť
Each yearâ€™s program focuses on a different aspect of math, science and technology. This yearâ€™s academy provided participants with the opportunity to learn basic computer coding and develop their own projects. In one session, students used Scratch from the MIT Media Lab to create stories, games and animations. Among the things developed by the students were a digital soccer field, a circus and animations involving names and animals.
In addition to honing their technical skills, students learned about the college application process, financial aid and the importance of budgeting and saving.
Funded by Alcoa, this yearâ€™s Summer Academy also included a fun-packed day at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Photo: Lenin Agustin, a participant in CCMâ€™s Summer Academy, learns computer coding as he works on developing an animation.
Credit: Rick Burchfield