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CODE 4 STEM Academy

Preparing and Positioning Youth for Opportunities in a Rapidly Changing World


Our Computational-Learning environment and curriculum supports the needs of a Changing Student, Advancing Technology, and an Evolving World.

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The Academy is open year-round with three terms.

CODE 4 STEM Academy

Our Mission

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.

Our Approach

Deliberate Practice of Computational-Learning Outcomes.

  • Master core knowledge
  • Use a computational and design thinking mindset to solve problems
  • Use technology to learn
  • Innovate solutions for opportunities
  • Work collaboratively
  • Think critically and solve complex problems
  • Communicate effectively

Contact

Roxanne Jenner, 
Director of CODE
814-233-7894
Roxanne.Jenner@Pitt.edu

 

  • During the Summer Term students will practice using and making new technology and innovating solutions to real world situations in a coding and design thinking environment. They will be challenged to apply their skills and knowledge to scenarios presented to them within each class.
  • During the Fall Term students will practice using robotics technology to learn new STEM concepts in the context of an exciting topic such as Space Exploration (featured in Fall 2018).  
  • During the 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 (featured in Spring 2019).

Pitt-Johnstown’s new CODE 4 STEM Academy
will open in Summer 2018 for grades 2-12. 

  • Summer Term 2018 Enrollment is open! Register Now >
  • Fall Term 2018 Enrollment opens on July 1
  • Spring Term 2019 Enrollment opens on Nov 1

Our Academy 

Features

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

Runs year-round with three terms

  • Summer - Foundational Learning
    • 2 sessions with 2 weeks of classes in each
  • Fall and Spring - Experiential Learning
    • Fall 2018 - Exploring Space / Engineering and Robotics
    • Spring 2019 - Science of Sports/ Computer Science

Supports three levels of learners

  • Early (Grades 2-5)
  • Middle (Grades 6-7)
  • Career Prep (Grades 8-12)

Summer Term Schedule and Courses

Summer Term Overview

  • Two Sessions
    • Session 1:  June 18 – July 20
      • Explorer Course: CODE Foundations (Grades 2-5)
      • Science & Technology Course: Code Foundations (Grades 6-12)
    • Session 2:  July 23 – August 17
      • Explorer Course: CODE Foundations (Grades 2-5)
      • Science & Technology Course: Code Foundations (Grades 6-12)
  • Students will register by Session and Course
    • Each course includes two weeks of classes (as per the schedule below)
  • Course Fee: $300
  • Held at Pitt-Johnstown’s Campus
  • Academy Frequently Asked Questions >
  • Class Descriptions >
  • Online Registration >

Summer Term Courses

  •  (E) Explorer Course: CODE Foundations (Grades 2-5) – In this course, class themes and activities will promote STEM awareness, exploration and learning.  Students will learn to ask questions and explore the world through simple activities that are coherent and meaningful to their lives.  Skill development priorities include computational and design thinking, coding, creative play and collaboration.  Classes include challenge-based activities that students solve using LEGOs, coding and robotics as tools for learning and self-expression.
  • (ST) Science & Technology Course: CODE Foundations (Grades 6-12) – In this course, classes and activities are designed to develop computational thinking, coding and engineering design skills and to build bridges between those skills and how and when to apply them in core academic STEM classes.  Students will learn how to use and make new technology with the practice they get in the variety of classes in this course.  This foundation will then be built upon in Fall and Spring terms when challenge-based learning is used to develop teamwork and connect to students’ interests and community priorities.

Summer Term Schedule

Date

Morning Hours
(9 AM – 12 PM)

Lunch Break

Afternoon Hours
(1 PM – 4 PM)

Summer Session 1

Week of June 18-22

(E) Expedition Theme / LEGO creative play, build challenges, coding & robotics.

Week of June 25-29

(ST) Introduction to Robotics

 

(ST) Music Production

Week of July 2 - 6

4th of July week – NO CLASSES

Week of July 9 - 13

(E) Engineering Theme / LEGO creative play, build challenges, coding & robotics.

Week of July 16-20

(ST) Programming & App Development using App Inventor

 

(ST) Engineering with Raspberry PI

Summer Session 2

Week of July 23 - 27

(ST) Video Game Design with Game Maker

 

(ST) Aerospace and Space Science & Innovation

Week of July 30 – Aug 3

(E) Inventions Theme / LEGO creative play, build challenges, coding & robotics.

Week of Aug 6 - 10

(E) Space Theme / LEGO creative play, build challenges, coding & robotics.

Week of Aug 13 - 17

(ST) Innovating with Raspberry PI

 

(ST) Robotics and Engineering