Intro to Python, ages 11-15


Developing your coding skills with Python, one of the world's most popular multi-purpose professional languages. This camp emphasizes core coding concepts and the Python syntax.

11 - 15
Beginner, Intermediate
5 days, 3 hrs/day
Ages 11 - 15
Level Beginner, Intermediate
Technology Python
Theme Coding
Length 5 days
3 hrs/day
Price $349

What Kids Will Learn and Do

  • Learn core Python syntax such as variables, functions, imports, conditionals, and loops
  • Learn Python coding basics, input, output and logic through text-based 'chatbot' style games
  • Use visual libraries such as Turtle and Tkinter to create art, animation and user interfaces with Python
  • Design and build video games with Python using the Pygame Zero library

This camp is aimed for older students who may or may not have coding experience. Another Python camp is also offered for students ages 9-11 with previous coding experience and possibly slower typing speeds.

Summer 2020 Chicago Schedule

Jul 13 - Jul 17
9:00am - 12:00pm
Aug 10 - Aug 14
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Aug 17 - Aug 21
9:00am - 12:00pm

How Time is Structured

Camps are 3 hours long, and we give brains and bodies a chance to recharge with a 20 minute outdoor break. This may include walks around the neighborhood, social 'hang-out' time at a green space, or casual games such as frisbee or basketball at our nearby park

Class Size & Instructors

Camps are capped at 8 students, and will have a 4:1 ratio or better at this age group.

Our instructors are adults who are studying or have completed post-secondary education. We hire talented high school students as teaching assistants and to provide near-peer interactions.

Hardware, Accounts & Materials

Computers and all required tools are provided.

All the coding tools we use in this class are free and can continue to be used at home after camp.

Swim & Sports Add-On (12:00-3:30pm)

Price: $250 per week

For the perfect mix of exercising mind and body, we are pleased to offer the option to add a half day of swimming and sports to any morning camp. This program is only open to Power Up students who are participating in our morning camps.

The swimming and sports will be led by a professional and experienced coach, and will focus on keeping the kids active and having fun. Activities will vary each day, and may include a mix of "real" sports and fun outdoor games. There will not be a training program for any particular sport.

Activities will take place at Hamlin Park, and will include swim time each day, weather permitting. Dry activities will be accommodated for kids who do not wish to swim.

Kids in this program should bring a lunch. They will have a lunch break with some free time on the playground before the sports program starts.

After care Add-on (3:30-5:00pm)

Price: $15 per day

For families who need a longer day, we will be offering aftercare by the day throughout the summer.

Aftercare will take place outdoors in Hamlin Park, and you may pick up your child at any time during the window.

Students will be supervised by a member of the Power Up team, who may not be your child's daytime instructor.

Aftercare must be booked 24 hours in advance. Parents who are late picking up their child will be subject to a $40 late pick up fee.

Refunds & Price Adjustments

If you register in error, we have a 24 hour, no-fee cancellation policy. Just call us or email us within 24 hours and we will take care of it.

After that, you can receive a refund, less a $50 admin fee, up until 14 days before the camp starts.

There are no refunds within 14 days of camp start.

We offer a sibling discount for 2 children from the same family registered in the same program. The sibling discount is 10% and the code is SIBLING.

There is an Early Bird Discount of 10% on all registrations up to March 31. The discount will be applied automatically.

We do not offer price adjustments for missed days. Please select a week that works for your schedule.

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