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Codemaker Camp takes off at StFX

July 31st, 2017

Among the many science and chemistry camps offered this summer at St. Francis Xavier University, X-Chem’s Codemaker camp is creating quite a buzz. It’s so popular more camps have been added to the schedule.

“We are excited to be delivering the Codemakers program, which takes youth from consumers of technology to producers of technology,” says chemistry professor and X-Chem coordinator Dr. Truis Smith-Palmer. “Through coding and design activities, kids will be engaging with computers, 3D printers, Makey-Makey kits and Little Bits kits. They will also have the chance to attend various presentations from members of the StFX computer science department.”

The Codemakers camp will be offered July 31 – August 4 and August 14-18. The final camp is advanced coding and programming for grades 9-12.  

X-Chem Outreach is proud to be participating in Codemakers, a national three-year program powered by Actua and Google. Actua’s network members at post-secondary institutions across Canada will empower 100,000 youth with critical computer science skills and prepare them for their future roles as innovators in technology.

Understanding how to use computer science principles to connect, build and problem-solve are fundamental skills for tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and creators. By the end of 2017, the Codemakers project will have engaged over 100,000 youth in hands-on computer science experience, providing the skills necessary to become Canada’s next generation of technology builders. 

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