Coding Camp: Virtual Robotics and Scratch

  • Price: Starting at $399
  • Age: Ages 7-9
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Meets daily for 2 hours Monday-Friday

About This Course

Take the lead in this online version of our camp by building your own interactive programs in a visual coding language designed by the MIT Media Lab. With Scratch, you’ll create imaginative games that send you as far as space, blasting away the meteors in your path! You’ll shift gears to VEXcode VR, learning to program a virtual robot to navigate mazes on its own with sensors and adaptive variables. As you explore math and science concepts, your pathway to learning Python and C++ begins—switch to the code viewer in VEXcode VR to see behind the scenes and start writing your own Python code. There’s no better way to dive into the exciting world of STEM!

Tools: Scratch by MIT Media Lab

Topics Covered

  • Develop a game design and programming skill set
  • Create variables and conditional statements
  • Work with mathematical operators and equations
  • Build dynamic code and interactive games

Course Format

This course is part of a weeklong virtual summer camp running Monday through Friday. Your child will learn online with a small group of other students, in sessions led by expert instructors. Each day includes two hours of live instruction and peer collaboration plus two hours of self-paced project development. Learn more below. 


Sample Schedule

Here’s a sample of what a week in this course could look like. Keep in mind students will progress at varying paces, and this is meant to serve as an outline of key materials and the overall experience. 

Students will dive into the fundamentals of visual coding with Scratch. They’ll animate sprites with drag-and-drop code blocks and design their own characters.

Building on their Scratch skills, students will design variable-driven action games with a score that tracks the player’s progress as they blast away a meteor field or battle against an automated computer player.

Welcome to VEXcode VR! In this visual programming environment, students will code the virtual robot to navigate dynamic maps and obstacles, and use its built-in sensors to detect objects by color.

Incorporating their knowledge of conditional statements, students will program the virtual robot to complete challenges like transporting magnetic disks. Then, they’ll switch over to the code viewer and start writing their own variables and print functions in the Python coding language.

Honing all of their visual coding skills, students will work independently on a project of their own design in either Scratch or VEXcode VR. Then, they’ll beta-test their projects with their peers at the showcase!

Portfolio-Boosting Transcript

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive an official iD Tech transcript outlining the skills they learned over the course of the week.

Elite Staff & Experienced Instructors

Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your child. With 25 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. Each year iD instructors go on to be hired by the most prestigious tech companies in the world like Google, EA, Disney, Microsoft, and more. When your child learns from the best, they’ll unlock opportunities to become their best. 

  • 100% USA-based, adult instructors

  • Recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU

  • Rigorous background and reference checks

  • Robust training programs and certification

  • Adherence to American Camp Association accredited guidelines

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FAQ

Scratch is a platform for kids to make games, but more educationally, it’s a tool for young minds to bring imagination and ideas to life with code. In fact, Scratch is one of the most popular “block-based coding” options out there, and it’s one of the best programming languages for kids.  Learn more about making games on Scratch.

Learning to code can seem intimidating at first, but Scratch removes that barrier for kids. With adorable characters and straightforward block-based coding, Scratch is the ultimate introduction to the wide world of programming! 

While we are proud to offer world-class experiences on many of the world’s most prestigious university campuses, we also recognize that many families need the flexibility of quality virtual learning! It’s with these families in mind that we’ve adapted the core elements of our flagship camps to an online format with our Virtual Tech Camps. 

Like our on-campus programs, Virtual Tech Camps feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each week includes live teaching of our signature, cutting-edge curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. To complete the experience, our Virtual Tech Camps incorporate all the magic of summer camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions!

Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.

To run this online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac or Windows computer (no Chromebooks, unless otherwise specified), a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing. Additional info on course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.

As courses frequently sell out, we recommend registering early to secure your child’s spot. You can make unlimited changes - with no fees - up to 14 days before the start of your session. If you need to cancel, you will receive a refund of the amount paid, less the payment plan fee (if applicable) and the deposit of $250 per week. No refunds are provided for cancellations made within 14 days of the start of your session.

Our Online Private Lessons offer 1-on-1 learning with our inspiring instructors, curriculum customized to your child’s needs, and a full range of STEM and other academic topics. It's as simple as selecting a lesson package and topic, and then choosing an instructor to schedule a 60-minute lesson at the date and time that works best for you. Learn more

Our Program Specialists are here to provide you with the best experience. Looking for a personalized course recommendation? Need help signing up? We’ve got you covered. Call us at 1-888-709-8324 or email hello@idtech.com.

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