About This Event:
University of Idaho Boise, in collaboration with UI Coeur d’Alene and the support of Idaho STEM Action Center, Micron, HP and Verizon offered the DIGnIT Summer Camp August 9-12, 2016. The camp was offered to AVID students entering 9 th grade and was held in the Sage Valley Middle School, part of the Vallivue School District in Nampa, Idaho.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system, established over 35 years ago, that uses research-based strategies and curriculum to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID students are typically the “under-represented” racially, culturally, or economically, at colleges and universities, including students who come from a low-income family, a single parent family, or a family with parents who are not college graduates.
As a unique element of our Nampa pilot program, four Idaho K-12 teachers were invited to attend and received personalized professional developement training on how to include coding in their curriculums. Dr. Terry Soule taught both teachers and students how to utilize Scratch to create projects that were presented by students on Friday during an afternoon showcase for parents.
Afternoon STEM activities were included in the program, such a visit with the Micron STEM bus and a laser tag activity.
A survey to 15 participating students after the camp revealed the following:
- 100% students reported they learned how to make games on a computer
- 100% students reported the teacher was a great instructor
- 100% students enjoyed Scratch
- 22% reported being “definitively “more interested in jobs in computer and technology and 78% “a little” more interested
- 89% would recommend the program to their peers
Event Outcomes and Data:
15 Treasure Valley AVID Students (please see above) attended the camp and showcased their camp projects on the last day
4 Treasure Valley Educators received Professional Development training and helped mentor students during the camp.