WTCI TO Host Code Academy For Teens During Fall Break 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall break is just around the corner and WTCI, is hosting a Code Academy for area students. Teens between 13 and 18 years old are invited to join the staff from the TN Code Academy at WTCI from Monday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Oct. 25.   

Students will have the opportunity to learn valuable skills from expert mentors and programmers.  The weeklong day camp will be conducted from 9 AM to 3 PM each day and will offer lessons in HTML and PHP coding, app design and more.  Lunch is provided and on the final day of the camp students will host parents and guests for a “Demo Day” where they will exhibit the skills that they have learned.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there were over 900,000 available jobs for software developers in 2010 and that number is expected to grow by 30% between 2012 and 2020. The Pew Research Center reports that 78% of teens now have a cell phone and 9 out of 10, or 93%, have a computer or have access to one at home. For teens fascinated by technology these numbers represent terrific resources and the possibility of unlimited college and career potential. 

An anonymous donor has offered partial scholarships to 24 students enrolling in this session of the Code Academy. The deadline for applications and registration is Oct. 14. For registration and information please visit the TN Code Academy online at http://tncodeacademy.com/code-camp/

WTCI has served the Tennessee Valley since 1970 and recently unveiled the new Media Lab at an open house attended by educators representing over 30 schools and districts.  Educators explored an online viewer engagement experience called OVEE, used PBS KIDS apps designed to enhance reading and math literacy for children pre-K to third grade and engaged in experiences with the over 30,000 digital learning resources available free through PBSLearningMedia.org that support Common Core State Standards.

Visit WTCI online at www.wtciTV.org, on Facebook at WTCI-TV for program updates and upcoming events and community activities.


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