Current 8th Graders

This page is to help students that are currently in 8th grade and will be entering 9th grade in August.  These students are eligible for the following classes and camps.  Click on the name of the class to learn more.


July 16th – 26th (Monday – Thursday), 1 pm – 4pm, 6th – 10th grade, cost $135/wk or $250 both weeks. This course offers a gentle introduction to fundamental computer science concepts using the Python programming language. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem-solving skills to create software programs and several hands-on activities will be incorporated throughout the course to reinforce concepts and promote active learning. No prior experience is necessary and beginners are encouraged to attend. Week 2 will pick up where week 1 leaves off.

Intermediate Computer Science

July 23rd - 26th (Monday - Thursday), 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm, 7th - 10th grade, cost $135/wk + $100 supplies. In this exciting camp, Mr. Ritz will lead students through a process that will result in them building a working Simon game from scratch.  Students will begin the week reviewing all of the programming necessary to write the code for the game.   Then the students will install the code on a Raspberry pi and connect it up to a bread board with sensors and lights that will be the hardware for the game.  This course offers the next level for students that have taken Introduction to Computer Science during the summer at Sycamore or Park Tudor or as an elective at Sycamore.  It is also appropriate for students who have experience with Python or another programming language from another setting (this includes students who have taken AP Computer Science).   Prior to the week of camp, students will be given some material to review that they will be expected to know.  There will be review times available the week before for anyone that needs to brush up on the programming and possibly the morning of the first day.

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