In the summer of 2018 Le Moyne College hosted the pilot program of the Quantitative Thinking Village Summer Camp for 36 Syracuse City School District students who attended the camp. Last summer we increased attendance to 120 camp attendees. The Quantitative Thinking Village Summer Camp (QTV) is typically an overnight camp but this year we will be offering it in a virtual format. Through a program at Le Moyne and along with the SCSD called ERIE21, funded by the New York State Department of Labor we are able to provide this camp to Syracuse City middle school students at no cost to their family.
This year’s virtual camp will be held the week of July 20- July 24, for new students, and the weeks of July 20- July 24 and July 27-31 for returning students. The focus of the camp is STEM and we are looking to recruit new students who are interested in math and science, curious, and would enjoy learning new skills. Students should be motivated and able to work independently as they will need to manage their own schedules and attend the online class each day.
Students will participate in an online camp that will run for 2 hours each day for 5 days. During the course of the camp, new participants will learn programming principles by using Scratch, a block program developed at the MIT Media Lab. They will have an opportunity to try some hands-on engineering activities with supplies that will be sent to them prior to the camp.
The second-year students will dive deeper into coding and programming principles such as loops, variable, functions and conditionals. They will also do an engineering activity each week.