Looking for activities for your tech-savvy child this summer? IT-oLogy can help you find the right program or activity.
- Cyber Saturday
- University of South Carolina Summer Camps
- Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Summer Camp
- On Their Own
- Little Bits – Use the Little Bits Starter Kit and Expansion Kits to build various electrical prototypes. No programming required.
- LEGO Mindstorms – Create small, customizable and programmable robots using LEGO pieces.
- Computer Science Unplugged – CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to underlying concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details we usually see with computers.
- Scratch –Use Scratch, a visual programming language to create animations and games using block programming.
- Lightbot 2.0 – Lightbot 2.0 is a free programming game that is played through a browser. Through simple commands, players learn about programming, functions, recursion, and conditionals.
- Alice –Use Alice to create a 3D animation using programming concepts.
- Kodu Game Lab –Create you own interactive game using Kodu, which is free and requires no design or programming experience.
- Blockly – Blockly is a web-based, graphical programming editor. Users can drag blocks together to build an application. No typing required.
- Gimp – Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free, open-source image retouching and editing tool similar to Photoshop. Use Gimp edit or create images to make them their own.
- Mozilla Popcorn Maker – Use a Mozilla web browser to combine video and audio with content from the rest of the web — from text, links and maps to pictures and live feeds.
- MIT’s App Inventor – App Inventor lets you develop applications for Android phones using a web browser and either a connected phone or emulator. The App Inventor servers store your work and help you keep track of your projects.
- Code.org K-8 Intro to Computer Science – Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. Available in 34 languages.
- Code Avengers – Code Avengers has free interactive online courses that teach the basics of web design and computer programming, in a way that makes learning fun and effective.
Contact Alicia Thibaudet at [email protected] for recommendations, resources and info.