Program Highlights

  • Experience the full cycle of product development: from architecture to APIs
  • Build a fully functioning mobile app for Android or iOS using block-based programming
  • Create a machine integrated mini project with an introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi hardware
  • Start thinking like a technologist and meet programmers and entrepreneurs who are creating the future

Program Highlights

  • Experience the full cycle of product development: from architecture to APIs
  • Build a fully functioning mobile app for Android or iOS using block-based programming
  • Create a machine integrated mini project with an introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi hardware
  • Start thinking like a technologist and meet programmers and entrepreneurs who are creating the future
  • W H E N
    • Early July: July 7 - July 19, 2019
    • Late July: July 21 - August 2, 2019
  • T U I T I O N

    Residential: $4,998 USD

    Extended Commuter: $3,398 USD

    Commuter: $2,498 USD

Overview

Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This program challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

Hands-On Learning

Spend most of the first week learning block-based Java programming for Android and iOS operating systems. The exercises and tutorials quickly help students build capacity with coding, abstraction, algorithms and data management within a program.

The second week involves active coding in small groups with intense research and collaboration. This approach involves an introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi hardware which will allow students to create a mini-project by using the sensors and LED matrix on the Sense HAT technology.

This collection of experiential tasks provides a comprehensive experience through a rewarding engineering process resulting in a functioning computational artifact.

Real World Insights

Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that Chicago has to offer. This program will dive deeper into newsworthy advances in technology and give high school students a first-hand look at related questions and issues. This program will include speakers as well, who can share their perspective on the most current topics and innovations.

Career Exploration

We will discuss the wide variety of professions within the field of technology such as UX / UI design, programming, project management, and quality assurance. You'll get a deeper sense of your unique motivations and aptitudes and how that aligns with potential academic and career choices. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices.

Faculty

Instructor - Courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.

Curriculum Advisor - While instructors vary each year, the Curriculum Advisors ensure continuity in our curriculum. This course was designed by Leon Tynes. Leon has flipped his classroom to maximize learning in his 3D Modeling, Digital Media, Mobile App Development, and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles courses. He has also won many teaching accolades including the ISTE 2018 Outstanding Teacher award & 2016 PBS Digital Innovator award, and is an Apple Teacher and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.