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CS Minds Virtual Summer Camp

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Maynooth University’s Department of Computer Science are running a series of virtual summer camp events.

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Maynooth University’s Department of Computer Science are running a series of virtual summer camp events. There will be 10 events over 2 weeks, with loads of oppurtunites to learn something new and maybe even win a prize!

All events will take place from 11am – 12.30pm with live Q&A support during the event. These events are aimed at anyone in or starting secondary school this September.

The link for the event will be emailed by 6pm the day before the event. If you don't receive this email, please email cssummercamp@mu.ie

For more information visit the CS Minds website or email cssummercamp@mu.ie

Monday 19th July 11am - 12.30pm: MIT App Inventor

Learn how to develop an app for Android phones using MIT App Inventor.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

Tuesday 20th July 11am - 12.30pm: Turing Tumble

Computer games can be used to learn some of the computational thinking skills behind programming. We will introduce a computer game that teach programming skills through solving puzzles with a simplified programming language.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

Wednesday 21st July 11am - 12.30pm: Geographical Computation

Learn how to create an interactive Biodiversity Map in your browser. Biodiversity refers to the diversity of living things in an ecosystem, we are going to learn how to use the OpenStreetMaps api to make a map of different things related to biodiversity.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

Thursday 22nd July 11am - 12.30pm: Computational Thinking Obstacle Course

The Computational Thinking Obstacle Course will pit teams of participants against the clock to solve puzzles adapted from the internationally known Bebras initiative. Collaborating together, the team members must gather clues along the way to reveal the combination for a virtual lock box that contains prizes for the winning teams.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

Friday 23rd July 11am - 12.30pm: Speech Analysis with IBM Watson

We will look at how we can convert text to speech and speech to text using services from the IBM cloud. This project can all be completed in the browser and with no programming experience necessary. Text to speech is hugely beneficial to those with sight impairment or those who have difficulty reading.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

Monday 26th July 11am - 12.30pm: Gamification of Programming

See how the principles of video games can be used to learn programming. From simple games which use assembly languages to solve problems, to huge international competitions hosted on services like Kaggle. Using these tools, work can be a lot more like play.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

Tuesday 27th July 11am - 12.30pm: Hybrid Java

Java is one of the most widely used programming languages in both industry and education today. “Hybrid Java” is a tool which makes learning Java a little easier. Hybrid Java uses drag-and-drop programming approach to help you build up your programs. During this event, students will learn some of the basics of programming through the Java language and the Hybrid Java tool. We will explore how to build up some simple programs using programming concepts. At the end of the session, you will be able to take this knowledge and translate it into traditional text-based Java programming.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

Wednesday 28th July 11am - 12.30pm: Music Technology

During our music technology event, you will learn to make music in an easy and fun way. We will use the SoundTrap website, which is an online tool for making music, to create our music. It is easy to use and you don’t need to have any background of music. In summary, if you like music that of course you like, this event is for you.

Before this event, you will need a Google, Facebook, or Microsoft School account or creating a new account in SoundTrap.

Thursday 29th July 11am - 12.30pm: Gaming with Unity

This event helps students to build a virtual world for a 3D game with the Unity game engine in a tutorial structure. Students will learn about how to create structures and include objects, texture and light, own (player) movement, a simple AI, and interaction with 3D user interfaces.

Before the event, you will need to install Unity on your machine. For help on how to download Unity see Unity Set up.

Friday 30th July 11am - 12.30pm: Girls in STEM - Turtle Stitch

One day of the camp will be dedicated to Girls in STEM. The materials for this day will be developed and delivered by females to females. Anyone who lives their life as female is welcome to join. We will be using Turtle Stitch to learn Snap! Programming and create designs. These designs can be downloaded and loaded onto an embroidery machine. The aim in this day is to help combat the peer pressure that some young girls feel surrounding the stereotype of science and programming being “boy” subjects.

For this event you will require a laptop or PC and a web browser.

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