UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Creative Coding and Data Visualization

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Creative Coding and Data Visualization


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: College Experience, STEM, Computer Science
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
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    Learn about pre-college opportunities Summer Session 2021. Our online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world.


    For centuries, data visualizations like charts and infographics have been used to communicate critical information and promote social change. In this course, you will learn to program through using real-world data to create static and interactive data visualizations, similar to those seen in news outlets like The New York Times.

    This course will be taught in Javascript and will use tools like p5.js to make it easy to create interactive programs from day 1. During the length of the course, we will cover most of the content of an introductory programming course, though content will be scaled to fit the needs and experience of students. In addition to coding, we will also learn about the ways that data have been used in the past and present to tell stories about topics like public health, racism, and climate change. 

    The course will include synchronous “class time,” weekly homework assignments to build your skills, and a final project of your own design about a topic of your choice. No experience with programming, visualization, or Javascript is required - curious and creative thinkers of all backgrounds are welcome!  

    Online Live Sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1:00-3:00pm (EDT)

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: July 12 - 30, 2021
    Program Length: 3 weeks
    Format: Online
    Student Profile: Rising sophomore - senior
    Cost: $1,697
    Credits offered: 2

    Application fee $35 – All Applicants

    Program fees include tuition, a technology fee, and a one-time registration fee. Certain programs have an additional materials fee to cover the cost of necessary tools and supplies (included in total). These come pre-packaged through the host departments.

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