Alexa Café Course | Ages 13-15
Design Technista | Design Camp for Teen Girls
Alexa Café Course | Ages 13-15
- Alexa Café
- 13-15 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-15)
- Skill Level
- Beg - Adv
- Ratio Guarantee
- 8 students per instructor
- Adobe® Illustrator®, Adobe® Lightroom®, Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Muse™, DSLR Cameras, Wacom® Pen Tablets
In Design Technista, students will be immersed in composition, photographic imagery, brand identity, and web design with Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Muse™, and professional DSLR cameras. Your brand will radiate style, emotion, and visual inspiration. All girls enrolled at the Café will learn about 1-for-1 social movements; stylish, game-changing brands; and real-world entrepreneurship and leadership, all the while being challenged to incorporate technology to make a difference. It’s not just about building a webpage or learning to code HTML; it’s about creating a passionate vision to inspire and help others in our local communities and beyond our borders.
Design Technista introduces girls ages 13-15 to STEM principles that set the foundation for bright futures in fields like web design, graphic design, photography, and more. Using the latest graphic design software and high-end DSLR cameras, all girls in these web design camps learn how to create a website and take high quality photos. Students of all skill levels leave the program with completed projects they can be proud of.
Why Alexa Café?
Alexa Café, named after iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, was designed with girls ages 10-15 in mind. While all iD Tech programs are great for girls, we acknowledge the pervasive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) gender gap, and seek to remedy it with a chic, collaborative learning environment focused on girls. The Café emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, brand identity, and philanthropy, with STEM subjects creatively woven into the curriculum.
Code.org reports that while over 50% of the U.S. population is female, women make up fewer than 14% of Computer Science undergrads. Similarly, women comprise nearly half of the U.S. labor force, but hold only 4.6% of top leadership positions (according to catalyst.org). Many girls are missing out on future STEM careers and big opportunities to innovate and create change. Alexa Café is not about special treatment for girls. It's about fostering leadership and tech skills in a fresh setting that's unlike anything else. For a more detailed program overview, please visit AlexaCafe.com.
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Is This Course Appropriate for You?
Design Technista has no prerequisites other than a love for collaboration, style, and fun! The course is perfect for girls who enjoy photography, web design, and graphic arts, and wish to express themselves creatively. Web development and photography skills are both useful in their own right, and also make great complements to other areas of technology and design. After attending camp, impress your friends and family members with your own custom website structured around your photography. If you’re interested in pursuing web or graphic design as a career or even becoming a professional photographer, these all-girls summer courses will kick-start your journey.
Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.
You'll Learn to:
- Use exposure and focus techniques
- Build a business
- Edit photos in Adobe® Lightroom®
- Understand web design and typography
Top Skills Gained
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- Adobe® Muse™
- Adobe® Photoshop®
- Adobe® Lightroom®
- Professional DSLR camera
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
- Project planning
Discover what sets our teaching style apart.
8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee
We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At Alexa Café, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, all-adult 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 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.
All-Adult 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, Web Design, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.
Hours & Tuition
Check-In: 8-9am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6am Mon-Thurs, 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: From $949/week USD. All taxes included.
Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $60/week.
Check-In: 6pm Sun
Pick-Up: 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: Add $549/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included
Your Tuition Includes:
- 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio guarantee
- Diploma with instructor insights
- Final project portfolio with USB drive
- Custom Alexa Café T-shirt and H2O bottle
- Access to online curriculum after camp
- Outdoor activities
- Campus tours (most locations)
- Software specials (most courses)
- New skills and self-confidence
Add $229 per year (annual subscription)
Tech Rocket is the #1 online learning destination for kids and teens. Aspiring app programmer? Indie game developer? Graphic artist? You got this! Level up your tech skills and build community with thousands of other students. With gaming tournaments, safe, collaborative forums, a massive Minecraft server, and an aracde, Tech Rocket makes learning fun all year long. It’s the perfect complement to our summer programs!
Continuing Education Units
Add $99 per week
Gain a competitive edge for college—Accredited Continuing Education Units issued by Villanova University are available for purchase upon registration.
7:30am: Overnight Campers wake up and enjoy breakfast! (Make sure to notify us of any special dietary needs or allergies before camp.)
8-9am: Day Campers check-in between 8-9am with our flex hours (no extra cost).
9:15am: All Campers meet for morning announcements, ice breakers, and team-building activities.
9:30am: Split into course groups. Grab your laptop, pull up a beanbag, put on your favorite song, and start creating!
12pm: Lunch time!
1pm: Back to the labs to collaborate and create!
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.
5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.
5-6pm: Pick-up time for Day Campers. Pick-up flex hours are between 5-6 PM, at no extra charge.
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.
See What People Are Saying About Our Camps
What Parents Are Saying
“Alexa Café offers such an amazing opportunity for girls to showcase their talents! I brought the grandparents and they could not stop saying how impressed they were at the professionalism of the staff! My daughter has learned to use so many tools that will lead her into the future! Thank you Alexa Café! You are amazing!!” –Jena, Parent, Alexa Café
“I am so proud of the women doing something so beneficial and productive for our girls. A camp geared toward girls is a terrific concept. Congratulations on your efforts and excellence!” –Rosie, Parent, Alexa Café
“My daughter had so much fun and her confidence was boosted. The camp sparked so many ideas for her to explore further at the intersection of computer science and art.” –Christina, Parent, Alexa Café
What Students Are Saying
“I think it’s really cool girls my age and younger are learning programming, web design, and a lot of cool stuff like that! Thanks for changing my life, Alexa Café!” –Sanjana, Student, Alexa Café
“This camp is amazing! The instructors are easy-going and so much fun to be with. The equipment is incredible. I had an amazing experience! I would come every week if I could!” –Angeles, Student, Alexa Café
“I really enjoyed being able to express my thoughts and ideas, and learn how to combine them with technology! The counselors are also very excited and motivating. I encourage many young girls to come try out Alexa Café.” –Isabella, Student, Alexa Café
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where and when is this course offered?
Alexa Café courses are held at select campuses nationwide. View Locations & Courses.
- How do I register?
- How much does camp cost?
Alexa Café tuition starts at $949 per week.
- 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?
- 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.
- Is Alexa Café for girls only?
Yes–Alexa Café was designed with girls ages 10-14 in mind. While all iD Tech programs are great for girls, we acknowledge the pervasive STEM gender gap, and seek to remedy it with a chic, collaborative learning environment focused on girls. Code.org reports that while over 50% of the U.S. population is female, women make up fewer than 14% of Computer Science undergrads. Similarly, women comprise nearly half of the U.S. labor force, but hold only 4.6% of top leadership positions (according to catalyst.org). Many girls are missing out on future STEM careers and big opportunities to innovate and create change. Alexa Café is not about special treatment for girls. It’s about fostering leadership and tech skills in a fresh setting that’s unlike anything else.
- What are the origins of the Alexa Café name?
Alexa Café is named after iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi–a woman of true entrepreneurial spirit. In 1999, Alexa and her mother, Kathryn, started the company together (a rarity, even in progressive Silicon Valley), in a studio above their garage. Alexa’s journey at iD Tech embodies the traits we emphasize at the Café: leadership, entrepreneurship, brand identity, philanthropy, and STEM.
- If my student is already registered for iD Tech, can she switch to Alexa Café?
- 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-6pm. There is no extra cost for flex hours—it’s built into tuition.
- What do campers eat?
For students attending a day-only session, lunch can be purchased for an additional $60/week, or campers can bring their own lunches. Dietary restrictions? No problem–notify us beforehand at 1-800-709-TECH (8324) or by email, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. For students attending an overnight program, all meals will be provided.
- 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 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 other teen programs?
Yes. Jump to All Teen Programs.
- Do you use Macs or PCs?
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 do students do when they're not on the computers?
Balance is the key to every week at Alexa Café–we make time for a variety of outdoor activities, optional sports, and games.
- 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?
We do not arrange transportation for our students. 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?