Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 12.26.57 PMMITx and edX are adapting the very popular MOOC 6.00x Introduction to Computer Programming to create a special offering for Chicago high school students as a part of that city’s Summer of Learning initiative.  Starting June 25th, the course is called “A Taste of Python Programming.”

It lasts for six weeks and covers roughly the first four weeks of 6.00x materials, providing an introduction to programming concepts and approaches, and gives students hands-on practice in using those concepts and approaches in the Python programming language.  The course will require 12-15 hours of work per week, and is primarily for Chicago high school students, though students from other areas may register.  Chicago students will receive badges through the Summer of Leaning initiative.
Here’s an except from the press release:

MIT and edX offer a MOOC-style computer programming course to Chicago high school students through Summer of Learning initiative
Registration is open now for “A Taste of Python Programming” course to be offered starting June 25 through City of Chicago program

CAMBRIDGE, MA, June 13, 2013 – MITx and edX are teaming up to offer an introductory computer programming course, “A Taste of Python Programming,” at no cost to high school students in Chicago as part of that city’s Summer of Learning initiative.  Starting June 25th, the course lasts six weeks and provides an introduction to basic programming skills and approaches using the Python programming language.

The course was developed with materials from the MITx massive open online course 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, which enrolled more than 150,000 learners worldwide in two previous offerings on the edX platform. Registration for the course is now open.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the city’s first “Summer of Learning” initiative this year to encourage students to stay engaged and continue learning throughout the year, avoiding the “summer slide.”  “Learning does not stop when school is out, and summer programs represent a robust opportunity for our students to continue learning year-round,” said Mayor Emanuel. “With MITx and edX joining us in this effort, we are able to provide a flexible, high-quality online learning opportunity to Chicago students as part of the Summer of Learning.”  Read more.