To hone their computing skills, children eight to 13 years old will be offered free lessons at summer computing camps run by Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), under Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
QCRI will run separate programmes for age groups eight to ten years old, and 11 to 13 years old, from Sunday, 15 July to Thursday, 26 July. No prior experience is required.
QCRI Director of Educational Initiatives, Dr Eman Fituri, said summer camps provide a great opportunity for kids to learn coding, develop teamwork and problem solving skills, inspire creativity and have fun. He said they will be running some of the most popular activities during camp, including programming with Cozmo, Makey Makey and Little Bits.
The programmes teach coding and computational thinking, and foster creativity, innovation, teamwork and problem solving. Under the Cozmo programme, campers will be exposed to robotics and will learn how to programme Cozmo to explore, make decisions, complete tasks and create basic artificial intelligence (AI) behaviours. Under the Makey Makey programme, children will create their own physically interactive games using the Scratch programming language and the Makey Makey micro controller. The Little Bits programme, meanwhile, involves using electronic components to create interactive prototypes.
QCRI urges parents who want their kids to join the summer camp to register now as slots fill quickly.