Code Camp Success Leads To Tennessee Code Academy Expansion

Friday, November 08, 2013

Tennessee Code Academy hosted its first two code camps this month in Cookeville and Chattanooga. The camp focused on teaching 12 to 18 year olds the basics of computer programming, specifically HTML and PHP. Each student was tasked with developing a website, complete with forms and databases on the back-end. 

Elton Cranfill, curriculum architect, was pleased with the two weeks. He said: “Our team had the opportunity to meet and share our passion for code and programming with some great young minds and I’m pleased to have been able to work with Sammy and the TN Code Academy Code Camps this year.”  Mr. Cranfill, partner at Ciphertek, developed the curriculum while Brett Farris taught and conducted the two camps. 

Since hosting the camps in these locations, TN Code Academy has been contacted by numerous communities about hosting a camp in their region. STEMSpark, the East Tennessee STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education hub, is already working with TN Code Academy to host two camps in the Knoxville region in March. 

“I have fielded numerous calls about future partnerships throughout the state, and even outside the state,” said Sammy Lowdermilk, director of communications and technology at Biz Foundry, which produces the code camps. “We are excited about the potential of creating a talent pool of students that will enhance the workforce here in Tennessee. We cannot thank Ciphertek, Nimbus Group, WTCI, Infosystems and Launch Tennessee enough for their great support.” 

The two weeks also featured guest speakers and tours of local businesses and facilities. Luke McCampbell of MagiQuest spoke to both groups about developing games and the opportunities for programmers. Daniel Ryan, lead web developer for Obama for America, spoke to the Chattanooga camp about his experiences on a presidential campaign as well as being the residential technologist for GigTank, a Launch Tennessee accelerator program in Chattanooga. The students in Chattanooga also were able to tour the Electric Power Board’s  data center at the end of the week. WTCI, the Chattanooga PBS affiliate, hosted the camp and has already requested another camp during spring break (April 14-18, 2014). 

Paul Grove, CEO of WTCI was pleased with the partnership, “WTCI’s mission is to engage, educate and inspire a lifetime of learning and exploration.  The students who participated in the TN Code Academy explored HTML, PHP, app development, and more during the fall break camp in the WTCI media lab and their enthusiasm for learning made us all proud.”


Chattanooga State Boosts LaPaz Food Drive

Students, faculty and staff banded together in support of the annual food drive to La Paz Chattanooga. A total of 41 boxes of food were collected, packed and delivered on Monday in time for Thanksgiving. According to Dr. Katheryn Thompson, Spanish Club advisor, “It was the most boxes we ever have been able to deliver and it was all due to the support of our students and campus community.” ... (click for more)

Lee’s Behavioral And Social Sciences Department Names Williams Distinguished Alum

Mark Williams was honored as the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus for Lee University’s Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at a department breakfast during Homecoming festivities. Dr. Williams graduated from Lee with a degree in psychology in 1986 before earning a Master’s of Divinity from the Church of God Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 1989. He was also awarded an honorary ... (click for more)

Kiser Takes Witness Stand For First Time; Says He Did Not Kill Deputy Donald Bond

Marlon Duane Kiser took the witness stand at his post-conviction hearing on Tuesday to declare that he did not kill Deputy Donald Bond, who was gunned down at a produce stand in East Brainerd 13 years ago. Kiser had not opted to go on the stand when he was convicted by a Nashville jury and given the death penalty in 2003. He said he believes it was Mike Chattin, the man he ... (click for more)

Courtney Godwin, 25, Was Victim In Monday Night Fire In Hixson

Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Grand Thanksgiving Feast

I’m not really sure how it all came about but a few days before Thanksgiving last year, what was usually a crowded table had dwindled down to just Mother, Aunt Martha and me. Just the idea of getting dressed up made both of them tired, which happens when you are 89 and 87, respectively, and the thought of preparing the traditional feast brought only further groans so I announced ... (click for more)