Moreno Valley, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2013
Thanks to a New Zealand software company, over 30 Southern California elementary and middle school students will be attending a two-day summer camp in July on "building super powers” in hopes of becoming the “wizards” of tomorrow.
...and no, they won't be attending an Americanized version of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In addition, these lucky 4th through 8th graders will be participating in creative problem solving challenges, games, listening to guest speakers from the IT industry, and will even partake in some outdoor activities. (Hey, you can't code all day!) Plus there will be great food!
CODE CAMP is the creation of a small group of New Zealand IT geeks who created the website CodeAvengers.com. They are on a mission to teach kids how to code so they can “change the world.” Yet sadly, only 1 in 10 American schools teach students how to code. This means one million of the best jobs in America might go unfilled because there are not enough skilled workers. For two years now, North Ridge Elementary, a California Distinguished School and future STEM school, has offered coding, 2D/3D Digital Art, and other IT skills during its after-school North Ridge Digital club. Under the direction of North Ridge teacher, David Coopersmith, they are also one of the few American schools that collaborates with New Zealand schools on IT projects. North Ridge is dedicated to giving their students now the technology knowledge they will need in the future to compete in our global IT world.
Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, an online back-up and storage company, says, “Coding is the closest thing we have to super powers.” Gabe Newell, co-founder of the video game development company Valve, claims, “The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future.”
We invite your news organization to check out our exciting and innovative CODE CAMP and meet some future “wizards” on Tuesday, July 9th and Wednesday, July 10th, at North Ridge Elementary, 25101 Kalmia Avenue, Moreno Valley, California, 92557.
North Ridge is a public elementary school in the Moreno Valley Unified School district, located 60 miles east of Los Angeles. 58% of its student population is Hispanic/Black.
For more information or to request a visit to this innovative two-day coding camp, please contact David Coopersmith, North Ridge Elementary school, at dcoopersmith(at)mvusd(dot)net.
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches them how to think.” -- Steve Jobs