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We offer cutting-edge computer camp courses for kids and teens using the latest hardware and software from tech industry leaders including Adobe®, Apple®, Microsoft®, Autodesk®, and more. Most of the products we use at camp can be purchased at special prices during the camp season. View Software & Hardware Specials.

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    Tech Products Used in Our Game Design Camps & Game Modding Camps

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    Adobe® Photoshop®

    Adobe® Photoshop® software is the professional image-editing standard, helping you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce the highest quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data, streamlined Web design, faster, professional-quality photo retouching, and more.

    Autodesk® Maya®

    Autodesk® Maya® 2014 software delivers practical toolsets to help facilities working in 3D animation, visual effects, game design, and post production create and maintain the modern, open pipelines they need to address today’s challenging productions. Powerful new toolsets for dynamic simulation, animation, and rendering help artists realize new levels of creativity while offering the enhanced productivity that will help keep them on schedule and within budget. In addition, the Open Data initiative introduced in Maya® helps facilitate data-centric, nonlinear workflows. With it, content creators can work in parallel to finish faster and more easily handle the massive complexity requirements they face.

    Autodesk® Mudbox®

    Autodesk® Mudbox® 2014 software helps artists working on visual effects, game design, and certain other 3D animation projects create complex production-ready scenes with greater ease, with the new Gigatexel engine for creating massive amounts of detail, and the ability to work efficiently with significantly more objects. Meanwhile, the creative painting and sculpting toolset is extended with new multipurpose curves; the ability to combine bump and normal map information; and easier methods for creating and extracting tiled detail. In addition, with enhanced interoperability with Adobe® Photoshop® software and support for edge sharpness data, Mudbox® offers better pipeline integration.

    C++

    C++ is a general purpose programming language. It is designed with a bias for systems programming, with performance, efficiency, and flexibility of use as its design requirements. C++ is also useful in desktop applications, servers, performance critical applications, and as video games.

    Minecraft

    Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players started to work together to create incredible creations, ranging from scale replicas of spaceships, to working computers, to entire cities influenced by their favorite movies. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

    NVIDIA® (NASDAQ: NVDA)

    NVIDIA® awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from portable media players to notebooks to workstations. NVIDIA®’s expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. Fortune magazine has ranked NVIDIA® #1 in innovation in the semiconductor industry for two years in a row.

    plyBlox

    plyBlox is a visual scripting tool for Unity. plyBlox is the fun way to add behavior to objects via a drag and drop interface and blocks that snaps together, behavior which would normally have to be written in scripts using a language like UnityScipt or C#.

    Portal® 2

    Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal® 2 is one of the most highly rated games of all time, and offers gamers hours of unique gameplay. Portal® 2 draws from the award-winning formula of innovative gameplay, story, and music that earned the original Portal® over 70 industry accolades and created a cult following.

    RPG Maker® VX Ace

    RPG Maker® VX Ace is a powerful yet easy to use game making program that allows the user to create and customize every aspect of their role playing game. A default graphic pack is included so games can be created without any artistic skills but importing custom made art is also possible. With advanced features such as RGSS scripting and an in depth database and features system RPG Maker® VX Ace is a powerful game making tool.

    ShootMania®: Storm

    ShootMania®: Storm is a first-person shooter (FPS) game developed by Nadeo, the same team who created the TrackMania® games. It is easy to grasp, a challenge to master, and fun for all skill levels. Get ready for an unlimited gaming world with a variety of maps and gaming modes within the game or created by the community.  With its map and script editors, numerous communication tools, Machinima sharing, and editing tools, ShootMania®: Storm offers everyone the opportunity to create and share their own game.

    Steam®

    STEAM® is the ultimate entertainment platform for PC, Mac, and Linux software and games with over 100 million active accounts worldwide, and offering over 3,700 titles. Steam® provides the ability to create and share content with millions of other gamers around the world through Steam® Workshop and Steam® Greenlight. Steam® is available in 187 countries and 24 different languages.

    Team Fortress® 2

    Team Fortress 2® is “the most fun you can have online” according to PC Gamer—and it’s now free! There’s no catch.  Play the most highly-rated online action game of all time as much as you want, as long as you like. Team Fortress® 2 from Valve® delivers constant free updates—new game modes, maps, equipment and, most importantly, hats.

    Torchlight II™

    Torchlight II™, the award-winning action RPG, is back and bigger and better than ever! Torchlight II™ from Runic Games® takes you once more into the quirky, fast-paced world of bloodthirsty monsters, bountiful treasures, and sinister secrets – and, once again, the fate of the world is in your hands! Torchlight II™ is a fast-paced isometric dungeon crawler featuring mulitplayer, LAN support, a fun and helpful pet system (including the papillon, modeled after Runic Games®‘ own office dog!), shareable loot, and an epic three act quest. Exploding loot pinatas await you. Level up your character, win all the achievements, and be a hero forever.

    TrackMania2 Canyon®, TrackMania2 Valley®, and TrackMania2 Stadium®

    TrackMania United® and TrackMania² Canyon®, developed by Nadeo (a Ubisoft company) are the most popular online PC racing games. TrackMania United® fuels seven different racing environments with hundreds of thousands of tracks, and you can compete with millions of players. Download the car you are dreaming of, paint it, then drive it through insane tracks made of loopings, ramps, and off roads. TrackMania² Canyon® is the second installment of the TrackMania franchise, giving players an adrenaline-filled experience. TrackMania² Canyon® goes far beyond traditional driving games with a fully customizable world of tracks generated by the players themselves! With loops, wall rides, ramps, and a multitude of other stunts, you’re in for the ride of your life!

    Unity

    Unity is a flexible development platform built to help democratize game development by bringing features previously only accessible by high-end studios with high budgets to development studios of every size and financial situation. Efficient, intuitive, and powerful, Unity makes development fun again by doing the hard work behind the scenes in quickly porting projects to all of the most multiple platforms. With over 3.3 million registered developers worldwide, Unity is one of the most popular tools in the world to develop games and other wildly creative and intelligently interactive 3D and 2D content.

    Unreal® Engine 4

    Learn the engine used by the pros, and gain the skills needed to build a career in games! Unreal® Engine technology is the complete professional development framework used to power many bestselling video games. Developers and publishers across the world use Unreal® Engine 4 to make high-quality games and apps for mobile, PC, console and VR. Use these tools to create everything from simple 2D games to lifelike scenes and much more. Unreal® Engine 4 is available to students and academic organizations for free at unrealengine.com/education.

    Tech Products Used In Our Programming Camps & Robotics Camps

    View all Programming Camps or Robotics courses.

    Cocoa®

    Cocoa® is a general purpose, high-level programming language based on the C language. Cocoa® is an application environment for both the OS X® operating system and iOS, the operating system used on multi-touch devices such as iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch. It consists of a suite of object-oriented software libraries, a runtime system, and an integrated development environment (IDE).

    CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)

    CSS is a style sheet language used for the look and formatting of a web document writing in a markup language. The latest generation, CSS3, with its ”modular” specification, offers exciting new possibilities to create an impact with your designs, allowing you to use more diverse style sheets for a variety of occasions.

    Google Android™

    Google Android™ is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware, and key applications. The Android™ SDK provides the tools and libraries necessary to begin developing applications that run on Android™-powered devices.

    HTML5

    HTML5 is the latest generation of original HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the authoring language used to create and publish documents on the World Wide Web. HTML5 was designed to provide a comprehensive and dynamic application development platform for Web pages that eliminates the need to install third-party browser plug-ins such as Java™ and Flash®.

    iOS SDK (Software Development Kit)

    iOS SDK is a collection of tools developed by Apple® to facilitate the development of native applications for any iOS device. The iOS SDK includes sets such as Cocoa Touch®, Media, Core Services, Mac OS X® Kernel and an iOS simulator.

    Java™

    Java™ is a programming language created by Sun Microsystems®. Java™ is a general-purpose, class-based, object oriented language that is intended as “write once, run anywhere” code, and is extremely popular for robust application development and client-server web applications.

    JavaScript

    JavaScript is the programming language of the Web. All modern HTML pages are using JavaScript. It is also used for computers, servers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and more.

    LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3

    LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3 is the latest in educational robotics, and enables students to discover science, technology, engineering and math in a fun and engaging way. MINDSTORMS® Education helps youngsters develop curriculum skills by building and programming smart robots using a natural, step-by-step learning process. Through the combination of LEGO® building sets and user-friendly software, MINDSTORMS® Education provides students with the right tools to put their knowledge into practice – and challenges them to come up with new ideas themselves.

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® Express

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® Express lets you unleash your creativity. Visual Studio Express offers an exciting experience with the new integrated development environment, a new editor built in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and support for the new .NET Framework. Download and get started today! Microsoft is committed to supporting students as they pursue their interests in technology. By supporting companies like iD Tech Camps, Microsoft provides students with opportunities to learn programming using world-class developer tools like those found in Visual Studio Express. For information about additional educational materials, please visit www.microsoft.com/facultyconnection/precollegiate.

    Objective-C®

    Objective-C® is a general purpose, high-level programming language based on the C language and offers object-oriented capabilities and dynamic runtime. Objective-C® is the main language used for developing applications for the Apple® OS X® and iOS operating systems.

    Python™

    Python™ is powerful, fast, plays well with others, runs everywhere, is friendly, easy to learn, and is open. These are some of the reasons people who use Python™ would rather not use anything else. Python™ can be easy to pick up whether you’re a first time programmer or you’re experienced with other languages.

    Scratch

    Scratch is a project of the MIT Media Lab. Scratch makes it easy to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations—and share your creations on the web. As you create and share projects with Scratch, you learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Use Scratch for free at http://scratch.mit.edu.

    SparkFun Inventor’s Kit

    The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit is a basic electronics and microcontroller platform based around Arduino. It is a great way to get started with learning programming and hardware interaction. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit includes everything you need to complete 16 circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more.

    Stencyl

    Stencyl is the quickest and easiest way to make your own game while introducing the basics of computer science. It’s not your average game creation software. Without code, you can publish games for the iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Flash®, Windows® and Mac® platforms. Stencyl is an elegant, intuitive toolset that lets you work quickly without getting in your way. Using a highly intuitive block-snapping interface inspired by Scratch (a project of the MIT Media Lab), children as young as 6 years old can design games. There’s a built-in curriculum with a free educator’s kit to show how easily Stencyl can be integrated into school curriculum. And it’s free to use.

    Swift®

    Swift® is an innovative new programming language for Cocoa® and Cocoa Touch®. Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS® and OS X® project—or for addition into your current app—because Swift® code works side-by-side with Objective-C®.

    VEX® Robotics Design System ®

    VEX® Robotics Design System® is an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These are just a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with VEX® Robotics technology. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX® Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. It also allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the level of students’ abilities. The affordable VEX® platform is expanding rapidly and is now found in middle schools, high schools, and university labs around the globe.

    Xcode®

    Xcode® is a highly customizable integrated development environment (IDE) containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple® for OS X® and iOS. It groups most of the tools developers need to design software in a streamlined and interactive user interface.

    Tech Products Used In Our Web Design Camps, Digital Video Editing Camps & Photography Camps

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    Adobe® After Effects®

    Adobe® After Effects® software delivers a comprehensive set of tools to efficiently produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. You can explore unlimited creative possibilities with precise control while working in a 2D or 3D compositing environment.

    Adobe® Lightroom®

    Adobe® Lightroom® lets you manage, adjust, and present large volumes of digital photographs with one easy application. Adobe® Lightroom® software is essential for today’s digital photography workflow. Now you can quickly import, process, manage, and showcase your images — from one shot to an entire shoot. With Lightroom®, you spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens.

    Adobe® Muse™

    Adobe® Muse™ lets you create and publish dynamic websites for desktop and mobile devices that meet the latest web standards — without writing code. Design using familiar tools and hundreds of web fonts. Easily add interactivity like new scrolling effects, slide shows, contact forms, and videos.

    Adobe® Photoshop®

    Adobe® Photoshop® software is the professional image-editing standard, helping you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce the highest quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data, streamlined Web design, faster, professional-quality photo retouching, and more.

    Adobe® Premiere®

    Adobe® Premiere® software is the professional video-editing standard, helping you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce high quality videos. Bring your artistic visions to life and kick-start your film portfolio with this renowned filmmaking tool.

    Wacom® Intuos® Pen Tablet

    Sketch, draw and paint all on your computer easily and as naturally as working with pen and paper using a Wacom® Intuos® pen tablet. Built for digital graphics design, web design, photo editing or just drawing and painting for fun, the Intuos® pen tablet gives you everything you need to get started being creative. Intuos® tablets come with ArtRage and Sketchbook Express software included to get you started right away. Use the pressure sensitive pen to draw in detail and shading with your favorite creative software. Intuos® tablets come in 3 models (pen only small, pen and touch small or pen and touch medium).

    Other Products Used

    c-jump®

    c-jump® lets students learn the basics of programming languages, such as C, C++, and Java™. c-jump® eliminates intimidation of many kids and their parents because it reveals simple programming terms in a cool way. (For 2-4 players, age 11 through adults.)

    Munchkin®

    Munchkin® is a mega-hit card game about dungeon adventure that allows you and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm…or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon…and it’s illustrated by John Kovalic! Fast-playing and silly, Munchkin® can reduce any role-playing group to hysteria. And, while they’re laughing, you can steal their stuff.
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  • Tech Products Used at iD Tech Academies (Ages 13-18)

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    Tech Products Used At iD Game Design & Development Academy

    Anki DRIVE™

    Part toy, part video game, all-out high-speed family fun. Anki DRIVE™ isa first-of-its-kind battle-racing game families can enjoy on any floor. Simplyroll out the track, download the free app, and command real robot cars inbattle as they effortlessly hold tight to the track. Based in San Francisco,Anki™ isdedicated to bringing artificial intelligence and consumer robotics to oureveryday lives. The company was founded in 2010 by Carnegie Mellon RoboticsInstitute graduates who sought to create new consumer experiences usingtechnology that was once confined to robotics labs and research institutes.

    Autodesk® Maya®

    Autodesk® Maya® 2014 software delivers practical toolsets to help facilities working in 3D animation, visual effects, game design, and post production create and maintain the modern, open pipelines they need to address today’s challenging productions. Powerful new toolsets for dynamic simulation, animation, and rendering help artists realize new levels of creativity while offering the enhanced productivity that will help keep them on schedule and within budget. In addition, the Open Data initiative introduced in Maya® helps facilitate data-centric, nonlinear workflows. With it, content creators can work in parallel to finish faster and more easily handle the massive complexity requirements they face.

    Autodesk® Mudbox®

    Autodesk® Mudbox® 2014 software helps artists working on visual effects, game design, and certain other 3D animation projects create complex production-ready scenes with greater ease, with the new Gigatexel engine for creating massive amounts of detail, and the ability to work efficiently with significantly more objects. Meanwhile, the creative painting and sculpting toolset is extended with new multipurpose curves; the ability to combine bump and normal map information; and easier methods for creating and extracting tiled detail. In addition, with enhanced interoperability with Adobe® Photoshop® software and support for edge sharpness data, Mudbox® offers better pipeline integration.

    C#

    C# is a programming language that is designed for building a variety of applications that run on the .NET Framework. C# is simple, powerful, type-safe, and object-oriented. The many innovations in C# enable rapid application development while retaining the expressiveness and elegance of C-style languages.

    C++

    C++ is a general purpose programming language. It is designed with a bias for systems programming, with performance, efficiency, and flexibility of use as its design requirements. C++ is also useful in desktop applications, servers, performance critical applications, and as video games.

    Java™

    Java™ is a programming language created by Sun Microsystems®. Java™ is a general-purpose, class-based, object oriented language that is intended as “write once, run anywhere” code, and is extremely popular for robust application development and client-server web applications.

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® Express

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® Express lets you unleash your creativity. Visual Studio Express offers an exciting experience with the new integrated development environment, a new editor built in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and support for the new .NET Framework. Download and get started today! Microsoft is committed to supporting students as they pursue their interests in technology. By supporting companies like iD Tech Camps, Microsoft provides students with opportunities to learn programming using world-class developer tools like those found in Visual Studio Express. For information about additional educational materials, please visit www.microsoft.com/facultyconnection/precollegiate.

    Minecraft

    Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players started to work together to create incredible creations, ranging from scale replicas of spaceships, to working computers, to entire cities influenced by their favorite movies. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

    NVIDIA® (NASDAQ: NVDA)

    NVIDIA® awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from portable media players to notebooks to workstations. NVIDIA®’s expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. Fortune magazine has ranked NVIDIA® #1 in innovation in the semiconductor industry for two years in a row.

    Steam®

    STEAM® is the ultimate entertainment platform for PC, Mac, and Linux software and games with over 100 million active accounts worldwide, and offering over 3,700 titles. Steam® provides the ability to create and share content with millions of other gamers around the world through Steam® Workshop and Steam® Greenlight. Steam® is available in 187 countries and 24 different languages.

    Unity

    Unity is a flexible development platform built to help democratize game development by bringing features previously only accessible by high-end studios with high budgets to development studios of every size and financial situation. Efficient, intuitive, and powerful, Unity makes development fun again by doing the hard work behind the scenes in quickly porting projects to all of the most multiple platforms. With over 3.3 million registered developers worldwide, Unity is one of the most popular tools in the world to develop games and other wildly creative and intelligently interactive 3D and 2D content.

    Unreal® Engine 4

    Learn the engine used by the pros, and gain the skills needed to build a career in games! Unreal® Engine technology is the complete professional development framework used to power many bestselling video games. Developers and publishers across the world use Unreal® Engine 4 to make high-quality games and apps for mobile, PC, console and VR. Use these tools to create everything from simple 2D games to lifelike scenes and much more. Unreal® Engine 4 is available to students and academic organizations for free at unrealengine.com/education.

    Wacom® Cintiq® Companion Hybrid

    The two-in-one Cintiq® Companion Hybrid from Wacom® combines the creative power of a 13″ Cintiq® creative pen display at your desktop, with the freedom of an Android™ tablet that you can use as your mobile sketchpad from anywhere you go. With an Android™ device you can connect to a Mac or PC to run all our favorite creative software apps. Designed for portable use or desktop, the Cintiq® Companion Hybrid is the perfect ‘on-the-go’ creative display and includes a durable and handy carrying case.

    Wacom® Intuos® Pen Tablet

    Sketch, draw and paint all on your computer easily and as naturally as working with pen and paper using a Wacom® Intuos® pen tablet. Built for digital graphics design, web design, photo editing or just drawing and painting for fun, the Intuos® pen tablet gives you everything you need to get started being creative. Intuos® tablets come with ArtRage and Sketchbook Express software included to get you started right away. Use the pressure sensitive pen to draw in detail and shading with your favorite creative software. Intuos® tablets come in 3 models (pen only small, pen and touch small or pen and touch medium).

    Tech Products Used At iD Programming Academy

    Anki DRIVE™

    Part toy, part video game, all-out high-speed family fun. Anki DRIVE™ isa first-of-its-kind battle-racing game families can enjoy on any floor. Simplyroll out the track, download the free app, and command real robot cars inbattle as they effortlessly hold tight to the track. Based in San Francisco,Anki™ isdedicated to bringing artificial intelligence and consumer robotics to oureveryday lives. The company was founded in 2010 by Carnegie Mellon RoboticsInstitute graduates who sought to create new consumer experiences usingtechnology that was once confined to robotics labs and research institutes.

    C++

    C++ is a general purpose programming language. It is designed with a bias for systems programming, with performance, efficiency, and flexibility of use as its design requirements. C++ is also useful in desktop applications, servers, performance critical applications, and as video games.

    Cocoa®

    Cocoa® is a general purpose, high-level programming language based on the C language. Cocoa® is an application environment for both the OS X® operating system and iOS, the operating system used on multi-touch devices such as iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod® touch. It consists of a suite of object-oriented software libraries, a runtime system, and an integrated development environment (IDE).

    Google Android™

    Google Android™ is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware, and key applications. The Android™ SDK provides the tools and libraries necessary to begin developing applications that run on Android™-powered devices.

    iOS SDK (Software Development Kit)

    iOS SDK  is a collection of tools developed by Apple® to facilitate the development of native applications for any iOS device. The iOS SDK includes sets such as Cocoa Touch®, Media, Core Services, Mac OS X® Kernel and an iOS simulator.

    Java™

    Java™ is a programming language created by Sun Microsystems®. Java™ is a general-purpose, class-based, object oriented language that is intended as “write once, run anywhere” code, and is extremely popular for robust application development and client-server web applications.

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® Express

    Microsoft® Visual Studio® Express lets you unleash your creativity. Visual Studio Express offers an exciting experience with the new integrated development environment, a new editor built in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and support for the new .NET Framework. Download and get started today! Microsoft is committed to supporting students as they pursue their interests in technology. By supporting companies like iD Tech Camps, Microsoft provides students with opportunities to learn programming using world-class developer tools like those found in Visual Studio Express. For information about additional educational materials, please visit www.microsoft.com/facultyconnection/precollegiate.

    Minecraft

    Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players started to work together to create incredible creations, ranging from scale replicas of spaceships, to working computers, to entire cities influenced by their favorite movies. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

    MySQL

    MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database. Whether you are a fast growing web property, technology ISV or large enterprise, MySQL can cost-effectively help you deliver high performance, scalable database applications. Many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing rely on MySQL to save time and money powering their high-volume websites, business-critical systems, and packaged software.

    Objective-C®

    Objective-C® is a general purpose, high-level programming language based on the C language and offers object-oriented capabilities and dynamic runtime. Objective-C® is the main language used for developing applications for the Apple® OS X® and iOS operating systems.

    PHP

    PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Fast, flexible, and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.

    SparkFun Inventor’s Kit

    The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit is a basic electronics and microcontroller platform based around Arduino. It is a great way to get started with learning programming and hardware interaction. The SparkFun Inventor’s Kit includes everything you need to complete 16 circuits that will teach you how to read sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors, and more.

    Swift®

    Swift® is an innovative new programming language for Cocoa® and Cocoa Touch®. Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS® and OS X® project—or for addition into your current app—because Swift® code works side-by-side with Objective-C®.

    VEX® Robotics Design System®

    VEX® Robotics Design System® is an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These are just a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with VEX® Robotics technology. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX® Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. It also allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the level of students’ abilities. The affordable VEX® platform is expanding rapidly and is now found in middle schools, high schools, and university labs around the globe.

    Xcode®

    Xcode® is a highly customizable integrated development environment (IDE) containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple® for OS X® and iOS. It groups most of the tools developers need to design software in a streamlined and interactive user interface.
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  • Tech Products Used at Alexa Café (Ages 10-15)

    Adobe® After Effects®

    Adobe® After Effects® software delivers a comprehensive set of tools to efficiently produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. You can explore unlimited creative possibilities with precise control while working in a 2D or 3D compositing environment.

    Adobe® Illustrator®

    Adobe® Illustrator® is a professional quality graphic art program. Create print or web graphics, design posters, or bring a new logo to life!

    Adobe® Lightroom®

    Adobe® Lightroom® lets you manage, adjust, and present large volumes of digital photographs with one easy application. Adobe® Lightroom® software is essential for today’s digital photography workflow. Now you can quickly import, process, manage, and showcase your images — from one shot to an entire shoot. With Lightroom®, you spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens.

    Adobe® Muse™

    Adobe® Muse™ lets you create and publish dynamic websites for desktop and mobile devices that meet the latest web standards — without writing code. Design using familiar tools and hundreds of web fonts. Easily add interactivity like new scrolling effects, slide shows, contact forms, and videos.

    Adobe® Photoshop®

    Adobe® Photoshop® software is the professional image-editing standard, helping you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce the highest quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data, streamlined Web design, faster, professional-quality photo retouching, and more.

    Adobe® Premiere®

    Adobe® Premiere® software is the professional video-editing standard, helping you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce high quality videos. Bring your artistic visions to life and kick-start your film portfolio with this renowned filmmaking tool.

    LilyPad Arduino™

    The LilyPad Arduino™ series is designed to get you started in the world of e-textiles — or electronic-wearables. The LilyPad Arduino has the same microcontroller as the standard Arduino and can be programmed for your most creative projects. The biggest difference is that it is round and it is designed to be sewn into fabrics using conductive thread. It uses conductive thread instead of wires to connect components like LEDs, sensors, vibe motors, and buzzers into your fabric creations.

    JavaScript

    JavaScript is the programming language of the Web. All modern HTML pages are using JavaScript. It is also used for computers, servers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and more.

    Scratch

    Scratch is a project of the MIT Media Lab. Scratch makes it easy to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations—and share your creations on the web. As you create and share projects with Scratch, you learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Use Scratch for free at http://scratch.mit.edu.
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  • Tech Products Used At iD Tech Mini (Ages 6-9)

    Adobe® Photoshop®

    Adobe® Photoshop® software is the professional image-editing standard, helping you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce the highest quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data, streamlined Web design, faster, professional-quality photo retouching, and more.

    LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3

    LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3 is the latest in educational robotics, and enables students to discover science, technology, engineering and math in a fun and engaging way. MINDSTORMS® Education helps youngsters develop curriculum skills by building and programming smart robots using a natural, step-by-step learning process. Through the combination of LEGO® building sets and user-friendly software, MINDSTORMS® Education provides students with the right tools to put their knowledge into practice – and challenges them to come up with new ideas themselves.

    LEGO® Education WeDo™

    LEGO® Education WeDo™ is a learning solution that blends hands-on manipulatives with integrated technology and curriculum to create a minds-on experience that is aligned with key educational standards and learning objectives. Designed for children in grades 2-5, WeDo incorporates intuitive, icon-based programming software with motors, sensors, and cross-curricular activities that inspire and motivate STEM learning.

    Minecraft

    Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players started to work together to create incredible creations, ranging from scale replicas of spaceships, to working computers, to entire cities influenced by their favorite movies. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

    Scratch

    Scratch is a project of the MIT Media Lab. Scratch makes it easy to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations—and share your creations on the web. As you create and share projects with Scratch, you learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Use Scratch for free at http://scratch.mit.edu.

    Tech Products Used at the iD Tech Mini Maker Station

    There’s no better place to learn engineering principles, spatial reasoning, programming concepts, and problem solving skills than at the iD Tech Mini Maker Station! During fun, supervised breaks, campers will explore a diverse collection of both high-tech and low-tech gadgets and leading tech toys including the GoldieBlox™ Dunk Tank Construction Set, ThinkFun® Robot Turtles™, Roominate™ Chateau with electrical elements, MakeyMakey™ Invention Kit, and littleBits™ Electronics. Playtime has never been more fun!? 

    GoldieBlox™ and the Dunk Tank

    GoldieBlox™ creates innovative and fun toys for girls designed to develop early interest in engineering and confidence in problem-solving. GoldieBlox™ and the Dunk Tank is a book series plus construction set where students build spatial skills and engineering principles (hinges and levers) while Goldie and friends devise a plan to get Nacho clean in time for the carnival. The only problem is that Nacho hates water and loves being a dirty dog. After many tries to get Nacho clean, Goldie finally comes up with the perfect contraption. As kids read along, they help Goldie build a dunk tank (and learn about hinges and levers) to get Nacho clean so everyone can go to the carnival on time. It comes equipped with 3 design ideas and unlimited building possibilities.

    littleBits™

    littleBits™ is the easiest way to learn and invent with electronics. The color-coded modules snap together with magnets to make circuits in seconds. With over 60 modules available, the growing library can be combined in endless configurations to bring your ideas to life. Using littleBits™ as an adaptable learning tool, we aim to empower educators’ and students’ pursuit of life-long learning and to inspire them to shape and reinvent their world through making, creating, and iterating.

    Makey Makey™

    Makey Makey™ is an invention kit for the 21st century. It allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. It comes ready to use out of the box with everything you need: Makey Makey™, Alligator Clips, and a USB Cable. At Makey Makey™ we believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits. We believe that the whole world is a construction kit, if we choose to see it that way. Makey Makey™ was created by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum MIT at Media Lab under the advisorship of Mitch Resnick and is an academic and artistic project.

    Roominate™

    Roominate™ is a stackable, award-winning, and customizable line of wired building systems that inspire open-ended and hands-on play through the use of motor and light circuits, modular pieces and universal joints. Girls and boys can build and create their own unique and original structures or vehicles that can be stacked against one another or taken apart and remade into something completely new and different. Roominate’s mission is to inspire the next generation to have fun with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects to help develop spatial and fine motor skills, engage hands-on problem solving skills, boost self-confidence, and teach basic circuitry. Roominate™ was selected as the #1 Toy of 2014 by Time Magazine and appeared in the Season 6 Premiere of Shark Tank. Roominate™ has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Today Show, and more.

    ThinkFun® Robot Turtles™

    Robot Turtles™ teaches programming basics. Through simple commands used to program the Robot Turtle, kids learn what it means to write code, debug and use functions. The best part? Kids have all the control acting as programmers to boss around the parent, the computer!


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