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  • Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino

    Girls Engineering Course | Ages 10-15

Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino

Alexa Café Course | Ages 10-15

Division
Alexa Café
Ages
10-15 (Must turn 10 by 12-31-17)
Skill Level
Beg - Adv
Ratio Guarantee
8 students per instructor
Prerequisite
None
Software
Arduino Programming Language, LilyPad Arduino Starter Kit

Course Description

In a supportive, engaging environment, girls will learn electrical engineering and coding principles using a take-home LilyPad Arduino Starter Kit. They'll create wearable electronics that spring to life with lights and sensors, prototyping devices that amaze and inspire—the perfect balance of creativity and tech.

This course introduces girls ages 10-15 to STEM principles that set the foundation for promising futures in fields like engineering, electrical engineering, programming, robotics engineering, and more.

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What Will Students Take Home?

Students will take home their final project, project files, and  a LilyPad Arduino Starter Kit.

What Will Students Learn?

You'll Learn to:

  • Discover electrical design concepts
  • Use variables, methods, and loops
  • Use the Arduino interface
  • Learn circuit design and implementation
  • Program and use sensors

Top Skills Gained

Software & Hardware Skills Development

  • Arduino Programming
  • Arduino Lilypad Microcontroller
  • Sensors

STEM & 21st Century Skills Development

  • Principles of system design
  • Electrical engineering
  • Physics and mathematics
  • Creativity

Skill Level | Is This Engineering Course Appropriate for Your Student?

The course has no prerequisites other than a love for collaboration, style and fun! It is ideal for girls who like building, making, creating, and programming. The LilyPad Arduino teaches electrical programming and electrical prototyping and allows girls to build and program soft circuits. This wearable technology teaches programming in a fun way with immediate results!

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Where Is This Girls' Engineering Course Offered?

  • California - Northern
    • iD Tech Mini

      Day Camp: Ages 6-9

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SAN JOSE: SJC (16 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      SAN FRANCISCO: SFO (22 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr 15 mins public transit)

      OAKLAND: OAK (30 miles, 45 mins by car)

      Palo Alto, CA
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      OAKLAND: OAK (15 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      SAN FRANCISCO: SFO (25 miles, 35 mins by car, 1 hr 20 mins public transit)

      Berkeley, CA
  • California - Southern
  • Colorado
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      DENVER: DEN (31 miles, 35 mins by car, 1 hr 15 mins public transit)

      Denver, CO
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      CHICAGO: ORD (26 miles, 40 mins by car, 2 hrs 10 mins public transit)

      CHICAGO: MDW (42 miles, 1 hr by car, 2 hrs 20 mins public transit)

      Lake Forest, IL
  • Massachusetts
    • Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      BOSTON: BOS (8 miles, 19 mins by car, 45 mins by public transit)

      Boston, MA
  • New York
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Day Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Day Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      NEW YORK: LGA (11 miles, 20 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      NEWARK: EWR (14 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      NEW YORK: JFK (20 miles, 40 mins by car, 1 hr 30 mins public transit)

      New York, NY
  • Pennsylvania
    • Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      PHILADELPHIA: PHL (20 miles, 35 mins by car, 1 hr 15 mins public transit)

      Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Texas
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      HOUSTON: IAH (23 miles, 32 mins by car)

      Houston, TX
  • Washington
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SEATTLE: SEA (19 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr 20 mins public transit)

      Seattle, WA

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Hours & Tuition

Day Camp

Ages: 10-15
Check-In: 8-9am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6pm Mon-Thurs, 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: From $949/week USD. All taxes included.
Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $60/week.

Overnight Camp

Ages: 10-15
Check-In: 6pm Sun
Pick-Up: 3-4pm Fri
Tuition: Add $569/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included

Please note: In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year.

Your Tuition Includes:

  • 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio (guaranteed)
  • Free flex hours at check-in and pick-up
  • Diploma with transcript and instructor insights
  • Final project and software discounts
  • Custom Alexa Café t-shirt, H2O bottle
  • Outdoor time, campus tours (most locations)
  • Access to online curriculum (iD Game Plan)

Optional Add-ons

Tech Rocket

Add $179 (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 arcade, 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.

Sample Day

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, 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 5-6pm, 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.

Instruction

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 tailored 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 with a Purpose

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 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--it’s about creating a passionate vision to inspire and help others in our local communities and beyond our borders.

All-Adult Staff

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.

Friday Concept Café for Families

On the last day of camp during Concept Café, instructors present each student with a personalized iD Tech Diploma and recap students' key accomplishments. Afterwards, students unveil their final projects to parents and siblings, demonstrating all that they learned in just one week of camp.

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 only 12% 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.

Reviews

Coding Camp Reviews & Testimonials

  • “The Alexa Café staff was so friendly and helpful. The teachers inspired my daughter to learn to create circuits and program. They were able to spark her curiosity and teach her about technology all within a fun and safe learning environment.”
    - Mark M., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “My daughter had a wonderful time and is excited about the possibility of making this field a consideration for her career goal.”
    - Bent L., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “Thanks for putting together a fantastic program that has engaged my daughter and sparked her interest in electronics, programming, and technology.”
    - Debbie Y., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “My daughter spent a week learning about stitch-able components and the Lilypad Arduino board. She had a blast, but more importantly, learned a lot about coding and electronics.”
    - Gunaidi D., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “My daughter loved the camp and I was impressed that she came up with a creative idea and learned how to program with Arduino.”
    - Michal C., Parent, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “I had so much fun. I learned a lot of new stuff with the Arduino board! We coded a lot, sewed, and had fun!”
    - Amelia J., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “Alexa Café has opened my eyes—I never knew engineering could be so fun! Everyone was so nice and my instructor was awesome.”
    - Lauren S., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “I recommend this course to anyone who loves hands-on learning and experiences. My instructor taught me so much about the Lilypad kit.”
    - Kalyn O., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “It’s really fun to program and sew the circuit, and especially to see your final project.”
    - Sophie B., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino
  • “Alexa Café is a great learning experience for younger girls to learn about programming, while having fun and meeting new people. The activities they do here are great for everyone. The counselors are nice, helpful, and smart.”
    - Alaina R., Student, Engineer Shop — Coding & Wearable Tech With LilyPad Arduino