Pursuitery is hosting free, online classes – Camp Minecraft, Coding with Scratch, Phonar Nation and Webmaking. Through these courses, young people can connect with a mentor, share projects with new friends, earn digital badges and earn cool prizes. There are multiple online sessions each week, and mentors are available any time to provide support and answer questions. Anyone can join the classes!
Camp Minecraft provides a friendly and open virtual space where kids can play Minecraft together. Minecraft is an extremely popular video game about building and exploring. Camp Minecraft offers both a space to play as well as experts who can help kids solve various challenges. The camp only requires a valid Minecraft account; access to the server is free.
Coding with Scratch teaches students how to program interactive stories, games and animation. Scratch is a popular way for young people to learn to code, and millions worldwide have been making and sharing projects online in more than 50 languages.
Phonar Nation teaches students how to tell stories through photographs using any type of camera, be it iPhone, iPod or digital camera. Professional photographers and photojournalists provide feedback in real-time via social media.
Pursuitery and Mozilla Webmaker are partnering to offer three programs this summer. Build an App with AppMaker makes it simple and fun to create mobile apps without any need for coding. Make a Meme & Hack the Web with X-Ray Goggles teaches students how to use basic X-Ray Goggles to look under the hood of a website and see the role of html in creating the websites. Turn Gifs into a Music Video teaches you how to use Popcorn Maker to turn your favorite Gifs into a remixable Music Video.
All programs employ online methods for feedback and sharing, and offer an opportunity for students to gain experience with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) skills in a fun and supportive environment. Participants in the classes will be working alongside peers, youth mentors and experts. Young people will learn how to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
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Camp Minecraft: July 7 – Aug. 10
Coding with Scratch: July 21 – Aug. 24
Phonar Nation: July 28 – Aug. 31
Mozilla Webmaker: July 28 – Aug 30
Students who complete the projects will earn digital badges. Coding with Scratch and Phonar Nation also award weekly prizes, including fun photography and coding gadgets.
The Connected Learning Alliance is a project of the New Venture Fund, a nonprofit public charity that incubates new and innovative public interest projects and gr ant-making programs. More information at CLAlliance.org.
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