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Computer Academy

All Computer Academy programs are held at the DCC main campus. If you have questions about a particular program, please contact John Lentine, coordinator, at (914) 552-0570. Daycare available for early drop-off (8 a.m.) and late pick-up (6 p.m.). Call for details. No class 7/3 & 7/4.

Welcome letter to parents and guardians from the coordinator of the Computer Academy and CGI Center, John Lentine.

CCL004 ADVENTURES IN COMPUTING GRADES 3-5

This full day program is designed to help students develop creative ideas, logical thinking and computer skills. Activities include creating animated stories, digital imaging, videos. Students will learn and use a variety of age appropriate software programs. No class 7/3 and 7/4. (60 Hours) 

5043  10   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (MTWRF)    6/29-7/14   DCC   J Lentine   $550

5044  11   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (MTWRF)    7/17-7/28   DCC   J Lentine   $550

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CCL017 INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING GRADES 6-12

This course is the perfect fit for students who will enter advanced placement programming classes in high school and will expose participants to object-based programming. Working with a popular language, students will become familiar with the basic functions of the language and work toward a collaborative project that showcases their new skills. (30 Hours)

5051  10   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   (MTWRF)    6/29-7/14   DCC   J Lentine   $300

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CCL017 INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING PART TWO GRADES 6-12

This course continues the fundamentals of programming by using game design and development as an example of the power of programming languages like Java. Students will learn standard programming skills used in the creation of interactive software and will consider the player’s perspective, making game-play user-friendly. Prerequisite: Students should be familiar with c-style programming and have taken an introductory programming class, such as Introduction to Programming from the DCC Summer Computer Academy. (30 Hours) 

5052  10   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   (MTWRF)    7/17-7/28   DCC   J Lentine   $300

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CCL018 WEB DESIGN GRADES 6-12

Students will explore web programming languages such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Various web design software packages will be used. We also will explore mobile web design for smartphones and tablets. Students will have the opportunity to build their own webpages as well as collaborate in the creation of the academy website. (30 Hours) 

5053  10   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)  6/29-7/14   DCC   J Lentine  $300

5054  11   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)  7/17-7/28   DCC   J Lentine  $300

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CCL020 COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN GRADES 6-12

AutoCad is a powerful tool used by architects, engineers, landscapers and product designers to create amazing structures, machines and environments. Students will design and create a variety of projects including a toy box, birdhouse, robot and their own dream house. Students will also learn to build and model some of their designs using Inventor, a program that creates 3-D models from two dimensional designs. (30 Hours) 

5055  10  1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)   6/29-7/14   DCC   J Lentine   $300

5056  11  1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)   7/17-7/28   DCC   J Lentine   $300

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CCL024   ANIMATION ESSENTIALS (NEW!) GRADES 5-8

Students learn the animation process using both freeware and professional animation software. Computer-assisted (2D) and computer-generated (3D) animation will be covered. Keyframing and tweening techniques will prepare students for more advanced animations for cartoons and video games. No class 7/3 & 7/4. (30 Hours) 

6066  10  9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)   6/29-7/14   DCC   J Lentine   $300

6067  11  9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)   7/17-7/28   DCC   J Lentine   $300

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CCL007 COMPUTER HARDWARE GRADES 6-12

Students will discover the inner workings of computer architecture and learn the hardware components of a personal computer. They also learn to assemble and troubleshoot PCs in class. Students can, if they choose, select, purchase and assemble the components for their own computer, to take home and keep. Software installation and basic networking will be covered. (30 Hours)

5045  10   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)    6/29-7/14   DCC   J Lentine   $300

5046  11   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)    7/17-7/28   DCC   J Lentine   $300

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CCL010 LEGO ROBOTICS COMPUTER ACADEMY GRADES 6-12

From Roombas to self-driving cars, robots seem to be everywhere these days! Students will build and program their own Lego Mindstorm robot to perform a variety of tasks, nishing the class with a Battlebots competition. No class 7/3 and 7/4. (30 Hours) 

5049   10   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)   6/29-7/14    DCC    J Lentine   $300

5050   11   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)   7/17-7/28    DCC    J Lentine   $300

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CCL012 ROBOTICS 101 GRADES 7-12

Students will build Arduino-controlled robots from scratch using basic components. Beginning with constructing the motors that actuate robotic movements, class projects teach students to combine simpler components into robotic machines of increasing complexity. Projects include an autonomous car, a bipedal humanoid robot and a robotic arm. Students also will construct a “beetlebot” to take home. (30 Hours)

6071   10   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   (MTWRF)   6/29-7/14    DCC    J Lentine   $300

6072   11   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (MTWRF)  7/17-7/28    DCC    J Lentine   $300

 

About the Coordinator of Computer Academy

John Lentine

After 13 years of business management experience in Consumer Products sales and marketing, John Lentine received his MS in Software Engineering from Pace University.

He subsequently held development management positions in several fortune 500 corporations and has consulted for consumer product powerhouses such as Kraft Foods, Consumer Reports and Mitsubishi Industries.

John combined his business experience and technical skills to rise ultimately to Director of Product Development for a mid-sized software company. After a long career in product development, John formed Main Street Graphics in 1994 to market his own product line of graphics products. Now run by his son, the company has grown to supply a wide range of computer graphics services and consulting on large-scale software projects. John also teaches a variety of computer courses at SUNY Dutchess, business classes at SUNY Ulster as well as technology classes for veterans at the Montrose VA Hospital.