Youth Summer Coding Camps Welcome Superheroes, Villains, and Hackers


posted June 08, 2017

Superheroes and villains will descend on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown beginning June 12 in the first of a summer-long lineup of Youth Summer Coding Camps.

The superhero-themed morning session is for grades 2 through 5 and takes place in the Cook Family Idea Lab, Biddle Hall. A Think Like a Hacker camp runs that afternoon and is for grades 4 through 8.

The sessions initiate a series of 18 camps during an 10-week span – from June 12 to August 18 – with morning and afternoon sessions for both elementary and middle school students.

Other themes in ensuing weeks include Video Game Design, Worlds of Amusement, Coding and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Careers, Music Technology, Movie Making, BRICK City Engineering, Mining and Crafting, and Robotics.

The objective of the camps is to develop digital literacy skills, knowledge and interest.

Summer Coding Camps are a key program in the CODE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH initiative, launched by Pitt-Johnstown in the fall of 2016.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-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.