Web Development

Dates: July 10-21, 2017
Cost: $700.00

Some might call us nerds or geeks. They may be right, but we are also wizards. We write complicated spells in languages held universally true. We spend hours in front of our digital grimoires carefully crafting large sets of mystic words and symbols to accomplish amazing feats. We test them extensively at each stage of the development process (and add semicolons where needed) until we develop the perfect tool, the perfect incantation, to solve the world’s problems. The keyboard is mightier than the sword, and from behind the scenes we use ours to benefit mankind.  Web development and computer science are essentially wizardry, and they are just as important as real wizardry. This module will help you learn the basics of web development alongside computer science fundamentals. We will be building websites using tools like HTML, CSS, Javascript. We'll also cover building actual applications with databases. After learning the basics and completing a few simple tasks, we will move on to hosting our own websites and applications with our own Linux server infrastructure that we create front-to-back. We'll be spending a lot of time in front of computer screens, but we'll also have outdoor field trips. No prior experience is required, but you should feel decently comfortable around computers and know how to treat them (and your peers) well. Experience with programming is a plus!


Apply Here - Link only works when application period is open. February 1 through April 15

Meet the Instructors

 Noah Betzen

I am a three-time ASRA alum and have taught five programming-related modules to both middle and high schoolers. I graduated from UAF with my Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science in May of 2016. In addition to doing my own freelance web development work, I currently work as a software engineer for a large IT company in Alaska creating web applications and administrating servers. I enjoy all areas of computer science, but have a particular interest in web development. I am experienced with a large variety of tools and resources related to web development and computer science. I love to teach and learn alongside students and am an avid problem solver and troubleshooter.

 Dustin Dodson

My name is Dustin Dodson and I am a computer science student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I enjoy learning how computers work and telling them what to do. Nothing is better than being able to automate a previously mundane task with a computer, and having the results be organized and formatted in a way far better than any human can do it. My adventures in web development began in spring of 2016, when Noah and I helped the UAF Geophysical Institute create an app that delivers the aurora forecast to people across the globe. Ever since then, I have been primarily honing my skills with JavaScript and Google's Angular MVC framework.

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