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“Intro To Java” Boot Camp-CSGC Grant

Isabella Rolfe – July 12, 2019

This summer I taught an “Intro To Java” boot camp at the government-run All-Age School in Dunmore Town, North Eleuthera, Bahamas. I visited the school this past March and learned that it had received a donation of 14 Google Chromebooks. The students were using these laptops for basic internet research and word processing. I wanted to help and give these students the opportunity to acquire coding skills. With the school’s endorsement, I developed a one-week “Intro to Java” curriculum for a summer boot camp. I ran the camp at the school from 9 am to 2:30 pm daily, and taught nine students ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old. The students were persistent and bright, and they all successfully completed the “Intro to Java” boot camp. With financial support from the Workman family and the CSGC, we were able to purchase flash drives (for the students to save their work), whiteboard markers, notebooks and pens, t-shirts, certificates, snacks, and lunch. The students who took part in the camp are excited about the Java they learned and would like to further develop their coding skills. This upcoming year, I plan to return to run more boot camps. It would be great to draw in Deerfield students, who have strong coding skills and/or have taken AP Computer Science, as volunteer coding counselors for these camps. Many thanks again to the Workman family and the CSGC for the grant which made this impactful learning program possible!