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Young Hacks Academy- STEM Camp (Grades 7-9)
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YOUNG HACKS ACADEMY
Does your child have what it takes to lead in the 21st century? Young Hacks Academy is a summer camp that uses technology to develop real-world leadership skills. Blending computer programming, problem-solving, and teamwork, YHA teaches kids to build cool video games about big challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, homelessness, and endangered wildlife. As serious as we are about exploring technology, YHA is also committed to having fun away from the screen, moving campers outside each day for unplugged games like treasure hunts and riddle relays. No programming experience is required. For more information, visit
Beta Masters for Grades 7-9 (Beginner-Intermediate)
Imagine a small indie game studio that has 5 days to pitch, design and build a new video game. Following a real-world production cycle, YHA Beta Masters work in teams to develop an innovative game prototype from conception to completion. The program culminates with a beta release party in which friends and family act as investors.
Incoming Grades 7-9
:STEM, Young Hacks Academy Camp
: Amherst Middle School; Room TBA
: M-F, 9am-4pm. July 15-19
A Minimum of 12 Participants is needed to run this camp.
“A great combination of activities for kids who love working on computers. This camp offers directed problem solving tasks as well as time to work on individual projects, a nice balance of unplugged and screen time, and individual and group projects. It is challenging enough for more experienced programmers and a nice intro for younger students.” – Vivian T, Montpelier, VT
Typical Day at Young Hacks Academy
Badges are assigned. Agents are authorized to enter training.
9:00am-9:15am Unplugged Warm-up
Get the juices flowing with a warm-up game.
9:15am-9:30am Mission Briefing
Before assigned a daily mission, agents must solve a riddle challenge.
9:30am-10:00am Mission Exploration
Time to explore the local or global problem they’ll be working on.
10:00am-10:10am Snack Break (*Snack not included*)
Proceed to lab for individual and collaborative game development.
12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch Break (*Lunch not included*)
Time to fuel up with brain food and drink.
12:30pm-1:30pm Outdoor Training
Agents are directed outside for fun, team-building games.
Return to the lab, recharged and back on task.
Mission accomplished. Share your findings with fellow agents.
Badges are collected and parents pick up agents.
* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *
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