Computer Programming for Beginners: Coding in Java

Open to students entering grades 9 through 12 or freshman year of college in the fall
I - June 29–July 17, 2020
II - July 21–August 7, 2020
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m.
Shaheer Haroon, Tanweer Haroon, Pratik Modi

No previous programming experience is required, but participants should have an aptitude for logical reasoning and systematic thinking.

“Even though the course was challenging and moved at a fast pace, I learned a lot. I didn't even know what coding was when I started, but I'm proud to say that I understand a decent amount and can apply this knowledge.”  - Maddie Z. | Madison, New Jersey

Course Description

An introductory course designed to develop logical reasoning and computer programming skills through immersion in the fundamentals of Java. Programming projects involving mathematical problems and logic games challenge students to develop their logical reasoning, systematic thinking, and problem-solving skills. Students become familiar with fundamental object-oriented programming concepts, algorithms, and techniques. This course covers an overview of introductory material through hands-on labs and individual and collaborative projects. Labs are carried out in the cross-platform Java environment, which will be set up on students' personal laptop computers.

Participants are expected to bring laptops for this class. Laptops can either be a PC or a Mac, but should have 8GB – 10GB of free space.

Students who are already familiar with Java might consider taking Introduction to Programming in C.


Shaheer Haroon

Shaheer Haroon has industry experience ranging from building web-based tools for data visualization at the startup Viome to software development engineering at IBM. He completed his master’s degree in computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and was awarded the Michael M. Waller Fellowship for his outstanding performance in the program. Shaheer is currently teaching undergraduate courses including Introduction to Programming and Artificial Intelligence at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, and New York University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Toronto, and his research interests include natural language processing.

Tanweer Haroon

Tanweer Haroon is a full-time faculty member at City University of New York (Bronx Community College). He holds a master’s degree in system science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from JMI, New Delhi. He has more than twenty years of experience in teaching and developing computer science and technology courses. Tanweer's areas of interest include computer programming, Web design, cyber-security, and database systems.

Pratik Modi

Pratik Modi is an artist and designer based in New York. His work focuses on technology: how society engages with technology and how technologists must think about society as they design their products. He has invented several products in the areas of renewable energy, sustainable fashion, assistive technology, and small scale irrigation, and has founded businesses associated with the same. Pratik's primary research interest is in the design of complex systems and products associated with them. He holds a master’s degree in integrated design and management from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in India.   

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