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2018-2019 Season: Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series

The weather is changing and the smell of fall is right around the corner. As we start to change out our summer wardrobes to warmer clothing, I begin to think about the busy school schedules, after school activities and holiday excitement that cause us to run in a million different directions. Along with the chaos, […]

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Young Hacks Academy (Summer STEM Camp for Ages 9-15)

Young Hacks Academy, which will be offered around throughout VT this summer. YHA 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.

Agent Training for Ages 9-12 (Beginner) http://younghacks.com/courses/agent-training/
Whether it’s public speaking or collaborating with peers, YHA Agent Training models essential leadership techniques that will immediately help students in and out of the classroom. Agents tackle daily missions using Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu), a user-friendly, visual programming tool that empowers students to quickly start developing their own games and stories. The challenge is to come up with a project that will not only entertain their friends, but also teach something about important topics that are impacting our local and global community.

Beta Masters for Ages 12-15 (Beginner-Intermediate) http://younghacks.com/courses/beta-masters/
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. Campers will use the Stencyl game engine (http://www.stencyl.com/) to take their computational learning to the next level, creating original graphics and bringing them to life with Haxe coding. The program culminates with a beta release party in which friends and family act as investors.

Team Elektra for Girls Ages 10-14 (Beginner-Intermediate) http://younghacks.com/camp-courses/team-elektra/
Do you have a daughter that loves to make digital media? Sign her up for YHA Team Elektra summer camp for Girls Ages 10-14. Make an avatar. Build a filter for a messaging app. Produce a short video PSA. Tell an interactive story about the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Following the lead of successful women shaping the future in tech, YHA Team Elektra unleashes confidence and life skills in a week full of creativity, design, color, and fun. Be yourself! Build your digital toolbox and make a difference!

Internet of Things for Ages 12-15 (Intermediate-Advanced) http://younghacks.com/camp-courses/internet-of-things/
The Internet of Things (IoT) is created and controlled with artful code. What was once the realm of desktops, laptops, and smartphones, now includes almost anything imaginable from cars to refrigerators, to traffic signals and multitudes of sensors. Understanding these systems can be very empowering while navigating our world. Those able to create such systems will be tackling many of Earth’s greatest problems and filling the marketplace with new and exciting products. For the emerging innovator with programming experience, YHA Internet of Things builds experiential knowledge through IoT design challenges. Students will code Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) using the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE), control electrical circuits and communicate with each other and the Internet. These design challenges present principles of computer science, computer networks, and electrical engineering within an authentic environment. YHA Internet of Things students return from camp—not only with experiential knowledge—but also bring home an IoT PLC kit to continue innovating.

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 younghacks.com. An overview of how YHA aligns with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards can also be found at https://younghacks.com/for-educators/

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Young Hacks Academy (Summer STEM Camp for Ages 9-15)

Young Hacks Academy, which will be offered around throughout VT this summer. YHA 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.

Agent Training for Ages 9-12 (Beginner) http://younghacks.com/courses/agent-training/
Whether it’s public speaking or collaborating with peers, YHA Agent Training models essential leadership techniques that will immediately help students in and out of the classroom. Agents tackle daily missions using Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu), a user-friendly, visual programming tool that empowers students to quickly start developing their own games and stories. The challenge is to come up with a project that will not only entertain their friends, but also teach something about important topics that are impacting our local and global community.

Beta Masters for Ages 12-15 (Beginner-Intermediate) http://younghacks.com/courses/beta-masters/
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. Campers will use the Stencyl game engine (http://www.stencyl.com/) to take their computational learning to the next level, creating original graphics and bringing them to life with Haxe coding. The program culminates with a beta release party in which friends and family act as investors.

Team Elektra for Girls Ages 10-14 (Beginner-Intermediate) http://younghacks.com/camp-courses/team-elektra/
Do you have a daughter that loves to make digital media? Sign her up for YHA Team Elektra summer camp for Girls Ages 10-14. Make an avatar. Build a filter for a messaging app. Produce a short video PSA. Tell an interactive story about the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Following the lead of successful women shaping the future in tech, YHA Team Elektra unleashes confidence and life skills in a week full of creativity, design, color, and fun. Be yourself! Build your digital toolbox and make a difference!

Internet of Things for Ages 12-15 (Intermediate-Advanced) http://younghacks.com/camp-courses/internet-of-things/
The Internet of Things (IoT) is created and controlled with artful code. What was once the realm of desktops, laptops, and smartphones, now includes almost anything imaginable from cars to refrigerators, to traffic signals and multitudes of sensors. Understanding these systems can be very empowering while navigating our world. Those able to create such systems will be tackling many of Earth’s greatest problems and filling the marketplace with new and exciting products. For the emerging innovator with programming experience, YHA Internet of Things builds experiential knowledge through IoT design challenges. Students will code Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) using the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE), control electrical circuits and communicate with each other and the Internet. These design challenges present principles of computer science, computer networks, and electrical engineering within an authentic environment. YHA Internet of Things students return from camp—not only with experiential knowledge—but also bring home an IoT PLC kit to continue innovating.

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 younghacks.com. An overview of how YHA aligns with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards can also be found at https://younghacks.com/for-educators/

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Young Hacks Academy (Summer STEM Camp for Ages 9-15)

Young Hacks Academy will be offered around Pittsburgh this summer. YHA 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. Cath thought you might be interested in our programs for your parenting magazine:

Agent Training for Ages 9-12 (Beginner) http://younghacks.com/courses/agent-training/
Whether it’s public speaking or collaborating with peers, YHA Agent Training models essential leadership techniques that will immediately help students in and out of the classroom. Agents tackle daily missions using Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu), a user-friendly, visual programming tool that empowers students to quickly start developing their own games and stories. The challenge is to come up with a project that will not only entertain their friends, but also teach something about important topics that are impacting our local and global community.

Beta Masters for Ages 12-15 (Beginner-Intermediate) http://younghacks.com/courses/beta-masters/
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. Campers will use the Stencyl game engine (http://www.stencyl.com/) to take their computational learning to the next level, creating original graphics and bringing them to life with Haxe coding. The program culminates with a beta release party in which friends and family act as investors.

Team Elektra for Girls Ages 10-14 (Beginner-Intermediate) http://younghacks.com/camp-courses/team-elektra/
Do you have a daughter that loves to make digital media? Sign her up for YHA Team Elektra summer camp for Girls Ages 10-14. Make an avatar. Build a filter for a messaging app. Produce a short video PSA. Tell an interactive story about the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Following the lead of successful women shaping the future in tech, YHA Team Elektra unleashes confidence and life skills in a week full of creativity, design, color, and fun. Be yourself! Build your digital toolbox and make a difference!

Internet of Things for Ages 12-15 (Intermediate-Advanced) http://younghacks.com/camp-courses/internet-of-things/
The Internet of Things (IoT) is created and controlled with artful code. What was once the realm of desktops, laptops, and smartphones, now includes almost anything imaginable from cars to refrigerators, to traffic signals and multitudes of sensors. Understanding these systems can be very empowering while navigating our world. Those able to create such systems will be tackling many of Earth’s greatest problems and filling the marketplace with new and exciting products. For the emerging innovator with programming experience, YHA Internet of Things builds experiential knowledge through IoT design challenges. Students will code Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) using the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE), control electrical circuits and communicate with each other and the Internet. These design challenges present principles of computer science, computer networks, and electrical engineering within an authentic environment. YHA Internet of Things students return from camp—not only with experiential knowledge—but also bring home an IoT PLC kit to continue innovating.

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 younghacks.com. An overview of how YHA aligns with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards can also be found at https://younghacks.com/for-educators/

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2018 Pittsburgh Summer Camp Guide

We have partnered with the top Summer Camps in Pittsburgh to provide you the 2018 Pittsburgh Moms Blog Summer Camp Guide! Below you will find details on summer camps happening around Pittsburgh and how to get your children registered for a summer full of fun. Sunburst School of Music Spring Break and Summer Camps at [...]
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Toddler YouTube Craze

My toddler watches the strangest videos on YouTube. At first, I thought he was insane. After talking to more and more moms, I’ve realized he’s not the only one obsessed with the “surprise eggs” and toy review videos. Yes, I am well aware that screen time is not the best thing for my toddler. However, […]

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Raising Teenagers: The Myth of Raging Hormones

There is a teenager living in your household–and it is like living through a reverse caterpillar-butterfly life cycle. As a young child, your offspring was like a beautiful butterfly: your concerns were keeping your butterfly/child fed and making sure it stayed within the confines of your garden. Your butterfly/child seemed content and carefree to be […]

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2017 Pittsburgh Summer Camp Guide

We have partnered with the top Summer Camps in Pittsburgh to provide you the 2017 Pittsburgh Moms Blog Summer Camp Guide! Below you will find details on summer camps happening around Pittsburgh and how to get your children registered for a summer full of fun. Carnegie Science Center Carnegie Science Center offers half-day and full-day [...]
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