Code {STEAM} Tech Camp calls it a sum­mer

Tech camp teaches art of app de­sign

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Business -

Since the be­gin­ning of the month, a small group of lo­cal kids has been meet­ing four hours a day, four days a week at the Lodi Pub­lic Li­brary.

Code {STEAM} Tech Camp started on June 7, and ended on Thurs­day. The camp grew out of a weekly work­shop held at the li­brary dur­ing the spring se­mes­ter, where stu­dents de­signed sim­ple sidescrolling video games, com­plete with orig­i­nal char­ac­ters and sto­ries.

At the Code {STEAM} Tech Camp, they took it a step fur­ther, cre­at­ing com­plex “choose your own ad­ven­ture” games for re­lease as smart­phone apps. The stu­dents learned about story cre­ation, game de­sign, cod­ing and other skills.

A few of the stu­dents are still work­ing on their games, but as they fin­ish, the games will be re­leased on the Google Play store.

The sum­mer camp was spon­sored by lo­cal busi­nesses and donors.


In­struc­tor Claire Bhakta, right, works with stu­dent Ma­son Lewis, 10, of Lodi, dur­ing the last day of the Code {STEAM} Tech Camp at the Lodi Pub­lic Li­brary on Thurs­day.

Above: In­struc­tors Ja­teen and Claire Bhakta laugh as Jessie Jay, 14, poses while re­ceiv­ing his cer­tifi­cate on the last day of camp. Left: Mom Lenor Mier looks on as Gabriella Mier, 3, tries out her brother Jorge Mier’s game. Cam­pers de­signed and coded their own ad­ven­ture games.

Top left: Cody Jay, 14, left, shows fel­low cam­pers Finn Mo­ran, 10, cen­ter, and his twin Jessie Jay, also 14, his game on a lap­top af­ter Code {STEAM} Tech Camp’s fi­nal ses­sion on Thurs­day. Bot­tom left: Sha­nia Kharufeh and Da­nia Rasheed, cousins of stu­dent Leila Kharufeh, laugh dur­ing the in­tro­ducion cer­e­mony dur­ing which the in­struc­tors pre­sented the class and gave each stu­dent a cer­tifi­cate. The cam­pers had the chance to show off their games at the end of camp on Thurs­day.

Leila Kharufeh, 11, of Lodi, works on her game dur­ing the last day of the camp.

Joaquin Quinones, 11, and Cody Jay, 14, both of Lodi, work on their games.

Cody Jay, 14, of Lodi, works to fin­ish his game on the camp’s last day.

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