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High School Summer Program

This is a great opportunity for high school students to take an exciting course in art and computing while they earn college credit through the University of Maryland Terp Young Scholars program.


Immersive Media Design 127 is an introduction to the principles of Computer Science supported by exercises in computer programming with an emphasis on creative coding, algorithmic image creation and manipulation, and interactive experiences. Students will make use of both exploratory coding approaches, and problem/solution-driven approaches, to design and implement software with visual and auditory output. The course also includes an introduction to a wide variety of issues relating to computer science and software, including software design and construction, problem-solving, and fundamental questions about the nature, limitations, and ethical use of computers and algorithms. It also explores how creativity tools can be used and as well as providing some insight into how they are implemented. The course is targeted to students with a broad diversity in backgrounds and interests. No prerequisites are assumed beyond high school algebra.


The course will be taught online using the Javascript based p5js system for creative coding, with assignments collected and presented on OpenProcessing.

Course meets July 10, 2023 - July 28, 2023
MTuWTh from 11:00am - 2:45pm
Format: ONLINE
Restricted to students in Terp Young Scholars.

Meet the Instructor

Johab Silva lives and works in the Washington, D.C. metro area since 2008. He is a Lecturer at Maryland University and professor at Nova Community College, and one of the founding members of Kicker Collective. He holds a graduate degree in Arts in Education from the Corcoran College of Art & Design and a Master of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art & Design. Silva’s ongoing research explores themes of environmental issues, time, chance, and fabrication/consumption/collection of digital media, through lenses of a multidisciplinary practice that involves NFTs, VR, generative media, and performance. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Transformer Gallery, Miami Art Palace, Santo André Museum of Art, Cody Gallery, Touchstone Gallery, The Wrong Biennale, and Kreeger Museum. Recent exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Portland, Maine. His work has been reviewed in The Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, Cruzeiro do Sul Newspaper, PBS, and many other media venues.

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