Many summer camps ask kids to leave digital devices behind, but not the Young Hacks Academy. Fifty-eight campers ages 10 to 12 learned computer programming basics during Young Hacks' first two weeklong summer sessions at Colchester High School. The second session closed with a public showcase on July 19, where campers presented interactive games they'd made using kid-friendly programming software called Scratch. The topics they chose to address in their games varied — from demonstrating tornado safety to delivering vaccines in the Congo. One game about genetically modified food challenged players to stab an ear of corn with a syringe. "It is pretty obvious that kids are hungry for this type of stuff," says camp director Thomas Bacon. "It seems like a really good program that could be replicated in other places."
Lake Champlain Waldorf School is a co-education day school, pre-K through high school. With a focus on imagination, social responsibility, and a reverence for the natural world, Waldorf education provides a rich and in-depth learning experience that nurtures the whole child. It's the fastest-growing independent school movement in the world!…(more)