Last week BSD Code and Design Academy hosted its first Holiday Tech Camp for Youth, a consecutive 2-day workshop for a dozen kids wishing to learn how to code, make websites and design games during their time off for the holidays.
Day One covered basic HTML and CSS. Led by our instructors Alice Walker and Gabo Tse, the curious young students dived right into creating the structural and presentation layers of their sites writing and editing real code right from the start using CodePen and Github. While students varied in age (from ages 8 to 15) and levels of experience/ knowledge in coding and tech (from those not familiar with open/close brackets to those who already knew basic HTML tags and CSS), they were all immediately given applicable tasks to get going on setting up their site.
Those completely new to coding caught on fast. In less than no time, homepages were set up complete with text and images. The class then moved onto cover HTML5 templates. Using what they learned about HTML and CSS, students incorporated their content into cool customised templates. Students continued perfect their sites, taking only a quick break for lunch as they diligently fine-tuned their work.
By morning on Day Two — ready or not — students had to prepare for (dramatic music) presentations. One by one, each potential future developer presented their work to their peers, going over the site content along with how and why it was created.
Good News: In early 2016, BSD will launch an ECA after school extracurricular activity program, so those avid young minds eager for more can continue their journey in coding and programming. Interested? Get in touch with us to learn more.