CODE 4 STEM Academy: Future is Now

Pitt-Johnstown

posted May 31, 2018


Students in grades 2 through 12 may step into the future at Pitt-Johnstown’s CODE 4 STEM Academy. Topics will range from digital coding, robotics technology, space exploration, and sports science.

The summer term has two sessions. The first begins June 18 and the second starts on July 23. Each consists of two weeks of a course, which entails 60 hours of hands-on learning. Summer sessions will be based in Pitt-Johnstown’s Biddle Hall in the Cook Family Idea Lab.

CODE 4 STEM combines Pitt-Johnstown’s CODE (Computational-learning for Opportunities in a Digital Environment) initiative with concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

The Academy features:

  • Coding literacy as a core skill
  • Computational and design thinking as a mindset
  • Challenge and game-based learning
  • Practice and meaningful experience

Academy classes, at Pitt-Johnstown’s campus, run year-round with three terms:

  • Summer Term: students will practice using and making new technology and innovating solutions to real world situations in a coding and design thinking environment.
  • Fall Term: students will practice using robotics technology to learn new STEM concepts in the context of an exciting topic such as space exploration.
  • Spring Term: students will practice using computer technology and coding to learn new STEM concepts in the context of an exciting topic such as sport science.

The CODE 4 STEM Academy implements the CODE approach, which is learner-centric, and encourages and supports students to explore, discover, apply and create knowledge. CODE transforms teaching and learning by developing an interconnected and integrative system that also uses computer science and coding as a tool for problem-solving and enhancing critical thinking across the disciplines.

The Academy’s mission is to work in collaboration with schools, parents, and community partners to build a CODE-smart community where every child can learn the basics of coding for improved engagement and outcomes in STEM learning.

Learn more about CODE for Commonwealth & Country >


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.