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INTRO TO PROGRAMMING WITH SCRATCH & JAVA™

INTRO TO PROGRAMMING WITH SCRATCH & JAVA™

Programming & App Development Courses, Summer Computer Camp Courses

Ages: 10-12 (Must turn 10 by 12-31-14)
Duration: Weeklong Day Camp & Sleep Away Camps
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Ratio Guarantee: 8 Students per Instructor

FEATURED SOFTWARE

Scratch (A Project from the MIT Media Lab) | Java™ (Eclipse®)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Ease into object-oriented programming concepts with Scratch (a project of the MIT Media Lab), creating stories and interactive adventures with stackable code blocks. Your next stop will be an introduction to Java™, one of the most powerful languages used for both internet apps and software programs. Complete fun mini-challenges throughout the week, and get a taste for real-world programming.  Take breaks with supervised outside play, sports and techtivities.

Scratch is a drag and drop program that introduces young minds to programming. Create story lines and generate interactive adventures. With Scratch, you learn the fundamentals of programming by snapping together colorful blocks of code. This computer summer camp visually teaches the fundamentals of programming in such a way that very young minds can grasp the advanced concept of programming.

The advanced students will be transitioned from Scratch into Java™ programming. They will create similar programs to Scratch users, but they will be working in a professional programming language, creating simple to intermediate programs.

For more info on Scratch, please visit http://scratch.mit.edu

OTHER ACTIVITIES

At iD, balance is very important. Our tech camps are fun and engaging, and completely unlike school. We want you to develop genuine passion for STEM subjects, and keep coming back year after year. If it’s not fun—and if you don’t learn a lot—we know you won’t return. You can expect roughly 5 hours a day of instruction, with plenty of time for supervised breaks, social time, outdoor play, optional sports, video games, and other creative techtivities. Many clients describe the total iD experience as “magical” and “unlike anything else.” We work hard to make the experience unique, memorable, and valuable.

SKILL LEVEL

IS THIS PROGRAMMING COURSE APPROPRIATE FOR YOU?

This course has no prerequisites, other than a love for computers! The curriculum is customized for beginner to intermediate learners ages 10-12 (Min Age: Must turn 10 by 12-31-14). Curriculum is delivered in small student clusters and individually tailored to each student.

TOP 10 SKILLS GAINED

CONCEPTUAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • Visual introduction to programming (Scratch)
  • Introduction to programming (Java™)
  • Artistic design
  • 2D animations
  • Animated movie creation

 

SOFTWARE & HARDWARE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • Scratch
  • Java™

 

STEM & 21st CENTURY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Debugging

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Do you love mobile apps and software? Get a taste for real-world programming in this introduction course. This is the first course students will take on their path to app and software programming. Put your creativity to the test by building, creating, problem solving, and learning. Let’s get coding!

Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.

INSTRUCTION

8:1 STAFF RATIO GUARANTEE

We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, adult-only instructors guide you through customized curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your learning potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.

HOW WE TEACH | PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION

Our tech curriculum is based on a blended learning strategy. We couple live one-on-one instruction with iD Game Plan, our innovative learning engine, to provide you with properly paced learning. Most of our courses at iD Tech Camps are for beginner through advanced students.

You’ll spend approximately 5 hours on the computer each day, balanced with a common-sense dose of outdoor fun. We take frequent breaks and play outside. Up for an organized sport? So are we! Grab a disc and arrange a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We also provide chess sets, board games, cards, and a variety of traditional summer camp activities. Our goal is to make learning fun, so that students want to keep coming back to learn more each year.

ADULT-ONLY STAFF, NO COUNSELORS-IN-TRAINING

Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.

HOURS & TUITION

DAY CAMP HOURS & TUITION

Ages: 7-17
Check-In: 8-9AM Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6PM Mon-Thurs, Fri 3-4PM (varies by site)
Tuition: $799-$1029/week USD. All taxes included.
Commuter Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $55/week

OVERNIGHT CAMP HOURS & TUITION

Ages: 10-17
Check-In: Sunday 6PM
Pick-Up: Friday 3-4PM (times may vary)
All Inclusive: Add $539-$639/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN TUITION?

  • Custom iD t-shirt
  • iD Diploma with instructor insights
  • 8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee
  • Final project portfolio with pen drive
  • Access to online curriculum after camp
  • Campus tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

 

SAMPLE DAY

7:30am: Overnight Campers, rise and shine! Eat breakfast in the campus dining hall—breakfast is typically all-you-can-eat, and consists of favorites such as sausages, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, and fruit.

8am-9am: Check-in. All Campers meet for morning announcements, ice breakers, and team-building activities.

9:30am: Split into course groups and let the tech fun begin! Breaks are taken at the discretion of each instructor. Younger students will take more frequent breaks.

12pm: Lunch time—head to the dining hall if you’re on the iD Meal Plan. Depending on the policy of each university, students who bring their own bag lunch will either eat in the dining hall with the rest of the crew, or laze under a shady tree outside with an iD instructor.

1pm: Back to the labs!

2:30pm: A game of Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? Capture the flag? Gaming tournaments? Board games? Optional sports? We offer many summer camp activities that vary by week and location. Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun.

3:30pm: Return to the labs. Let’s create!

5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.

5pm-6pm: Pick-up time for Day Campers.

6pm: Dinner for Overnight Campers.

7pm: Overnight Camp students participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, gaming tournaments, and movie nights. In some cases, students can continue working on their projects, as scheduling permits.

10pm: Lights out for Overnight Campers.

REVIEWS

PROGRAMMING CAMP REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“Our son really enjoyed the instructors and the course. So much so that we signed him up for another camp.” -William Y., Parent, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™ “The staff and teacher were exceptional, course was excellent and small class were so valuable in expediting the learning experience.” -Lorre T., Parent, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

“I am so grateful that my daughter got to have this experience. With her love of Minecraft and the fights we have over media time, I am glad that she could begin learning the programming necessary for her future endeavors. I hoped that she would love programming and we are off to a good start.” -Leta F., Parent, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

“Antonio seemed to grow in his confidence here, and he really noticed the positivity, which trickled down from the staff to the students.” -Gina D., Parent, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

“Our son loved this camp. He learned a great deal in just one week and the experience made him even more enthusiastic about programming.” -Cynthia K., Parent, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™  

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“I think iD tech camp is a great place to for people who want to be computer programmers, or people who just like computers and want to have fun with them. If you are considering iD Tech Camps, I would recommend it. I certainly had fun myself!” -Wyatt M., Student, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

“I have gone to iD Tech camps for the past 2 summers, and each year the camp exceeds my expectations. The staff was wonderful and always there to help when you needed them! It was a great experience!” -Matthew P., Student, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

“iD is fun, enough said. Wonderful teachers and great courses as well as a good variety of other activities make a good mix. 100/10.” -Katie Z., Student, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

“This camp was so awesome! I really want to come back. They actually teach you to program, not just games.” -Sebastian C., Student, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

“iD tech camp was awesome! I made a really cool game. I had a great week and can’t wait to come back. iD Tech rules!!” -Jack H., Student, Intro to Programming with Scratch & Java™

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why is iD Tech Camps the World’s #1 Tech Camp?

  • Guaranteed staff ratios of 8 students per instructor
  • Qualified, tech-savvy staff customize curriculum
  • Innovative curriculum powered by iD Game Plan
  • The latest tech products from Autodesk®, Adobe®, Google, Apple®, Microsoft®, etc.
  • The university experience
  • Age-appropriate kids camps plus more intensive teen-only programs

Where and when is this course offered?

This course is offered at top universities across the United States. View Locations & Dates.

How much do your camps cost?

Please visit our Tuition page.

Can you tell me more about your flex hours?

We know you’re busy. Commuting students participating in our day camps can check-in between 8am-9am daily, and check-out between 5pm-6m. There is no extra cost for flex hours—it’s built into tuition.

What if I get sick, have summer school, or need to make changes?

You can register now and make as many changes as you like (locations, dates, courses, etc.) up until 3 weeks to the start of your session—with no change fees. Once inside the 3-week window, there is a $35 change fee.

You can transfer your registration to a family member or friend. Should you need to cancel because of summer school, family vacation, etc., there is a $250 non-refundable deposit per week. Cancellations made within 3 weeks of the start of camp will be charged the full value of the tuition and are not refundable.

How do I find out if the course I want is still open for enrollment?

For info, check Locations & Dates.

How do I register?

Registering online is the fastest way to get into camp. Visit:

iD Tech Camps for Kids or

All Teen Programs

Or, call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227 to register by phone. You can also email us at info@iDTech.com.

I loved this course! Can I take it again?

Yes, you can take a course multiple times. You can choose to repeat the same course, building on your skills. Our curriculum is very deep, and has enough challenging content for a full summer. Another popular option is to enroll in a different course each week, thereby gaining a comprehensive introduction to a certain tech genre. It is beneficial to develop well-rounded skills in video game design, programming, photography & filmmaking, web design and more.

What do campers eat?

All meals are included with our overnight programs. Day campers have the option of purchasing the lunch plan or bringing a sack lunch. The lunch plan is recommended, but not mandatory. If the lunch plan is purchased, lunch is provided Monday – Friday. Many university dining facilities do not permit outside food to be brought into the dining hall; students bringing bag lunches may eat outside of the dining hall with their classmates and instructors.

Do I need to bring my own computer?

No, you do not need to a bring personal computer to camp. Each student is provided with a computer at camp; you’ll never have to share a computer. We supply all the hardware, software and course materials.

What if my student already has experience?

With our continually evolving curriculum, experienced students and iD alumni will be able to move along faster and more independently, or collaborate utilizing our customized lessons. You’ll still receive our gold standard one-on-one instruction (maximum of 8 students per instructor, guaranteed).

Do you have any teen programs?

Yes. Jump to All Teen Programs.

Do you use Macs or PCs at iD Tech Camps?

We use both platforms at our summer computer camps. We attempt to mirror the industry standard in each of our summer camp courses. We find that it is an important skill to be proficient on BOTH platforms.

What “off-computer” activities are there?

Balance is the key to every week at iD. While we are in the labs for roughly 5 hours daily, we take time out for outdoor activities. Choose from organized outdoor games, movie nights, talent shows, additional gaming competitions, and campus tours. Activities are divided by age and interest whenever possible, and may vary by location.

Where do your instructors come from?

Our staff is family. Each member of our team comes to us with a blend of spirit, energy, enthusiasm, knowledge of technology, and experience with kids and teens. Our goal is to ensure that every location is comprised of skillful, returning camp counselors along with new instructors who bring a fresh perspective to camp.

Many of our instructors are graduate and undergraduate students in Education, Engineering, Computer Science, Film, Programming, and other related fields. Often, these instructors come from the same recognized universities where we host our summer programs including Stanford, MIT and Columbia University. Staff members undergo in-person training as well as extensive background checks each summer. We have a great crew that comes back year after year to create a unique and high-energy environment.

Why don’t you use Counselors-in-Training?

Distinguishing ourselves from most summer camps, we’ve respectfully created a “No CIT” policy. This guarantees that each student is instructed and supervised by paid adult staff members, ages 18 and older—not by teenagers of camp age.

Do you provide transportation for students? What about Carpooling?

We do not arrange transportation for our students. For your convenience, we have created a new, user-friendly carpool application located in My Account. All transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are child transportation services that past campers have utilized, which can be found through a web search. We are not affiliated with any such company and thus cannot be held accountable for clients’ use of outside transportation services.

How do I contact you?

You can phone us as at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227, or email us at info@iDTech.com. If you’d like a brochure sent to you, please click here.