Camp to boost interest in computer science

Purdue camp teaches kids about computer science.
Purdue camp teaches kids about computer science.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A summer camp at Purdue gets kids interested in computer science.

Adventures in Computer Science gives children a hands-on experience. Campers enhance and develop skills in programming, algorithms, problem solving and web design.

On Wednesday, kids played a game using a large board and robots made from Legos. They programmed the robots to move about the board to reach a final goal.

Camp director Phil Sands said kids learn more than just computer skills.

“I think what they get out of it is the idea of looking ahead and thinking about what other people might do,” Sands said. “When you program, a lot of times, you think about some of the circumstances that may occur. I would argue that algorithmic thinking is good for all people in all situations in life — absolutely!”

Next week, the camp will host high school students and focus on cybersecurity.

This the 18th year for Purdue’s computer science camp. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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