Do you know what’s a good idea? This: Adventure Code School. Bend web developer Chris Tsongas has created a code school that combines learning to code with all sorts of outdoor adventure and exercise, including rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and daily yoga.

The school’s first bootcamp begins in Bend this Sept. and runs 12 weeks. From the school’s website:

Start an awesome new career supported by yoga, meditation and amazing outdoor activities. Adventure Code School’s 12-week Full-Stack JavaScript Bootcamp teaches the most in-demand programming skills, plus Yoga for Coders™, meditation enhanced with binaural beat soundtracks, and expert instruction in mountain biking, slacklining, rock climbing and whitewater kayaking!

The idea is to support what the students are learning and enhance their intellectual development with physical activity — and take advantage of all the fun Bend has to offer. “These activities give your mind time to process what you learn in the classroom, so you can ramp up your coding skills by building on previous material,” according to the ACS website.

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Chris is no stranger to teaching. In addition to working as a web developer for 17 years, including at G5, he’s also taught for many code schools including Code Fellows. He’s a certified yoga instructor, and he’s trained in the fine arts. So the guy knows some stuff.

He’s hosting four events — in Seattle, Portland, Eugene and Bend — so that people can meet Chris in person and learn more about Adventure Code School. There’s also a virtual preview scheduled for Saturday (8/13). You do need to RSVP.

The Bend bootcamp is aiming to enroll up to 16 students. So if you’re looking to take a deep dive into coding — and have some Central Oregon adventure — you found it. Have fun!

Kelly Kearsley

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