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Adventures in App Development

Kids One-Week Camp | Ages 9-12

Adventures in App Development

Kids One-Week Camp | Ages 9-12

Create, Code and Test Functional Apps

Starting off this course, students will learn the basics of programming in Thunkable, a block-based app development platform. Thunkable was founded out of programs developed at MIT.

Students will use Artificial Intelligence to create chatbots, and use databases to create picture apps. By the end of the week, students will create their own project to solve any problem they want.

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Thunkable, PC, Mobile Smartphone

Ages: Students 9-12
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 2 (One-Week)

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Thunkable, PC, Mobile Smartphone

Ages: Students 9-12
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 2 (One-Week)

Skill: Beginner

Students may bring their own mobile devices to class, however, this is not required. DMA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Variables & Loops
  • Conditional Statements
  • Algorithms
  • UI Design
  • How to make an app

What Students Create

  • Several basic apps
  • A chatbot app
  • A whack-a-mole app
  • A social media app
  • A self-designed app

More About This Course

Whether they want to design an app that solves a problem, helps a user, or is just plain-ol-fun, students learn the basics of computer programming including loops, conditionals, and variables and use Thunkable to master UI creation including buttons, text boxes, and images. No programming experience is required but being comfortable with some coding and math is recommended. No matter the skill level, our instructors and TAs are prepared to modify the curriculum to ensure that all students are engaged.

The Adventures Experience: Our Adventures camps give elementary level students a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems. This course is recommended for students ages 9-12.

Download the Course Syllabus

Get to know Adventures in App Development even better by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact us

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need prior programming experience to attend this course?

No. All students will have the same starting point of being introduced to programming and the basics of mobile programming languages. However, as this is an intermediate course, being comfortable with coding concepts and being strong in math subjects will be extremely beneficial.

Considering that some students might already have experience in programming, are different skill levels accommodated in this course?

DMA courses and curriculum are closely reviewed, improved and expanded upon each year. We specifically build advanced extensions and challenges that allow us to accommodate a range of skill levels and abilities. This along with a very skilled instructional staff and small student to staff ratio allows us to individualize, customize and offer plenty of 1-on-1 time for each student.

Camp Overview + Schedule

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Check-in and drop off
Hands-on STEM Instruction
Morning Break
Continued Instruction + Creation
Lunch Break
Back to the Classroom
Afternoon Break
Continued Classroom Time
Pick-up Begins

Tuition Includes

  Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt

  Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report

  Certificate of Completion

  Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage

  Low staff to student ratios

  Alumni Club Membership

Friday Showcase

At the end of each week, attendees can invite their family and friends to join us for a showcase celebration to share their final projects. Learn more about the fun and exciting activities your child experienced during the week and have an opportunity to meet your child’s instructor. Presentations vary by course topic and instructors will highlight some of the important concepts covered during the week and possible next steps to continue your child’s learning. Arrive early as showcase begins at 3:00 and is typically finished by 4:00.

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Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $75/week at select locations.

“I liked that we learned multiple app making skills and that our instructor was very easy going. It was a fun group of kids and a new experience.”

Edith S.

Adventures in iOS App Development

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Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

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