The IBM Innovation Center - Dallas recently hosted its fourth annual IBM Innovation Summer Camp at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). The camp is a three-day, hands-on programming workshop for local area high school students interested in learning more about Java and mobile programming. This was the second year in a row that UT Dallas has hosted the camp, and almost seventy students attended.
In addition to the student camp, this year we added a week of camp for area high school computer science teachers. While teachers have attended camp with their students in the past, we have never had materials and resources just for them, and the teachers had asked for time to do the labs on their own. There were seven participants representing the Coppell, Dallas, Garland, Highland Park, Irving, Richardson, and Rowlett ISDs. For the first two days of camp, the teachers went through the same labs as the students. Afterwards, they discussed and collaborated on curriculum for the upcoming school year, and learned about the curriculum resources available to them through IBM's Academic Initiative program. Although the first teachers' camp was small, we've already received requests from teachers outside of the Metroplex to attend a teachers' camp next year.
Both camps bring real-world technology skills to the attendees. In addition to providing hands-on experience with IBM technology (including IBM DB2 and IBM Worklight), the camp also is coupled with campus tours and demos of some of UT Dallas' current research projects.
The camp covers the following programming topics:
- Virtualization - Building a virtual machine-based development environment
- Java Sockets-based Networking Programming
- IBM DB2 programming using JDBC (Java Database Connectivity)
- Android Programming
- Java (Native) Mobile Applications Development
- Web-based Mobile Development
- Hybrid Mobile Development using PhoneGap
- IBM Worklight Applications Development
IBMers from different teams including the Global Solutions Center - Dallas, the System z ISV Remote Development Center, STG and Inside Sales presented overviews of the technology to the students and provided technical support during the labs.
On the final day of camp, the students were given tours of the Innovation Center's data center. Members of the Innovation Center and Global Solutions Center demonstrated the hardware installed and answered questions.
Romelia Flores, IBM Distinguished Engineer from the Global Solutions Center - Dallas, presented on Watson technology and then introduced Grady Booch, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, Software Engineering, who joined the camp via video conference from Hawaii, and discussed a multitude of topics in software engineering.
Students really enjoyed the camp (for some, this was their second year) and they learned about virtualization, databases, client server architecture, and mobile development, and most importantly, they learned about IBM and its people and products.