2 Weeks / Noncredit

Learn to Code!

Hacking for the Information Age

We live in a connected world where there is constant information at our fingertips. Phones, tablets, and gaming consoles… Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google – what do they all have in common? Code.

Want to create a game? Put your Twitter followers on map? Predict if you are going to need an umbrella today or not? Analyze data and predict stock prices? Then coding if for you. Learning to code teaches you to think critically and develop creative, efficient solutions to problems using data and devices. These are highly valued (and lucrative) skills sought out by employers in every career in every location.

In this course students will learn to code in Python: an easy to learn yet powerful computer programming language. Many of the concepts taught for Python transferrable to learning other programming languages. We will take an applied approach to programming, starting with programming essentials, then using this knowledge to solve real world problems with computer applications.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Automating tasks so your computer will do your work for you
  • Capture, analyze, manipulate and visualize data.
  • Integrate with weather services, Google applications, social media data services and more!
  • Social coding, source code management, and programming in teams
  • Building your own web service and providing data to others

Program Costs:

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Faculty Bio

Nick Lyga – Adjunct Professor, Web Specialist II at the School of Information Studies

Nick Lyga is tasked with managing the external website and many of the internal services used by faculty and staff at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.  He works closly with the Digital Strategy team to develop and execute recruitment and marketing initiatives for the iSchool.  Nick also works with may other departments throughout the school to streamline many of the iSchool’s internal processes.

Nick is an adjunct professor for the School of Information Studies, where he is currently teaching IST 256: Application Programming for Information Systems.  Nick brings his real life experience and knowledge of coding into the classroom.  He has also developed educational programs and workshops for Syracuse University’s Project Advance and Central New York Developers Meetup and is the co-founder and COO of AppHammer, LLC, a web and mobile application development company.