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Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code

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Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code

Grade 8 | Lower School Institute (Hybrid)

Designed in a unique and innovative format, this five-week program brings students to the Phillips Academy campus as boarding students for the first two weeks of their experience, where they will utilize the school’s excellent facilities and resources, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, to think about coding in both complex and simple ways. During the final three weeks, students will collaborate with peers and instructors online as they tackle an array of challenges and complete the program at home.

Designed for rising 8th-graders as part of our Lower School Institute, the following two sections will be offered in 2017:

Session A

  • On campus: Students will reside at Phillips Academy from June 26 to July 9, engaging in in-person classes, lab activities, and field trips.
  • Online: Students will receive instruction and work independently from their homes from July 10 to 30.

Session B

  • On campus: Students will reside at Phillips Academy from July 17 to 30, engaging in in-person classes, lab activities, and field trips.
  • Online: Students will receive instruction and work independently from their homes from July 31 to August 19.

This program combines a variety of disciplines—including poetry, design, linguistics, history, physics, computer science, and math—to help students solve problems, communicate more effectively, and use elementary programming as a tool for inquiry and expression. Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code provides an exciting opportunity for academically qualified students to look at problems from a fresh new angle. Through classwork, field trips, evening study sessions, and online activities, students will be encouraged to think like artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm for invention and a willingness to learn from mistakes! For more information, visit the Summer Session website.