The Digital Summer Camp
Time for New Media
The dog days of summer are around the corner. This was my favourite time of year when growing up because I hated school, and summer camp would soon start. All year, I missed my camp friends, and, back then, social networks didn’t exist; the only time I could see them was at camp.
It was in the late ’80s, early ’90s when summer camps grew more specialised. You could go to art camp, sports camp, drama camp and even band camp! While those camps still exist, a new type of camp has emerged in the past few years.
I’m referring to tech, or New Media summer camp. You might picture kids sitting inside all summer long with a computer, and missing the summer sun. That’s not it, exactly. These camps offer photography, videography, filmmaking, special effects make-up, and editing programs.
Others offer app development/creation so children can make iOS or Android apps. Kids also learn about teamwork, project management and achieving goals in a fun, safe environment, and with great teachers.
These camps offer photography, videography, filmmaking, special effects make-up, and editing programs
In conversation, I learned that at ‘App Camp for Girls’ (USA only), app creation has several components – coding (how the app is made), art (graphics), writing (the script and the App Store description), and design (the app icon and placement in the working screen space. Another popular choice is robotics camp, where children interact with robots, learn how to build and program them, and of course, troubleshoot if something goes wrong.
These camps offer a lot more learning than traditional summer camps, which is a good thing. If you told your child that they’re being sent to a place where they have to do math, learn about logics, practise typing, write, and check spelling, they’ll think that you’re the worst parent on the planet. When all these elements are combined in a technology camp, you are, instead, a hero. And, let’s not forget the fact that you’re giving them life skills for the future job market, too.
To learn more about technology-based camps, visit: www.ourkids.net