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Summer camps for digital age kids

Earlier this week, we wrote about how the majority of summer camps are fighting a mostly successful battle against the distractions caused by smartphones, video games, and the other trappings of the digital age. While many tweens and teens can’t imagine life without texting before they arrive at camp, a few days in the great outdoors can help them gain a new perspective.

However, not all summer camps shy away from technology. Instead, there are an increasing number of camps that make it the focal point. These tech camps offer a variety of science and technology-based courses covering everything from website design to video editing to advanced robotics.

One of the biggest players in the tech camp space is ID Tech Camps based out of Campbell, CA. ID offers week-long day and overnight technology camps for students ages 7-17, and two-week intensive “teen academies” for ages 13-18. Camps take place at over 60 university locations all over the country, including top colleges such as Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, NY.

Popular courses include video game design, web and graphic design, and iPhone and Android app development. They even offer Sports and Tech courses, which combine half-day tech labs with other activities such as surfing, golf, or fencing.

ID, which stands for Internal Drive, was launched in 1999, after the founders identified a pressing need for better technology education for kids and teens.

While the emphasis is on providing an enjoyable and stimulating summer break, it’s not uncommon for ID Tech Camp students to take their newly-acquired skills back to school and even into future careers. “We are teaching important 21st century skills in a fun environment,” said Karen Thurm Safran of ID Tech Camps. “They’re taking something that started as a passion and taking it a step further.”

Comment by Sam Techman, posted 7/21/2011, 12:25 AM:

There is a new after school year long technology program in Dallas. Arts and Technology Institute. www.myati.org It is brand new and supposed to be fun, challenging and useful for our kids.
Comment by Online Moms, posted 7/16/2011, 3:16 AM:

Its great to hear about these kind of summer camps as it will useful for kid's as well as they will get a good change with many things learning from the camp. Looking forward to send kid's for the one. They will learn some new technologies which will be helpful for them in near future.
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