Alexa Café Course | Ages 13-15
Javaccino | Summer Programming 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
- Scratch (a project of the MIT Media Lab), Eclipse®
In Javaccino, students will learn programming in a collaborative, approachable way using Scratch (a project of the MIT Media Lab) and Java. Too often we associate programming with stale “make a calculator” themes. No longer! Creativity rules! 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. After all, it’s not just about the code; it’s about making the world a better place—finding innovative solutions to help others in our local communities and beyond our borders.
Javaccino introduces girls ages 13-15 to STEM principles that set the foundation for bright futures in fields like computer science, software engineering, app development, and more. This world runs on code, so building a basic understanding of programming is fundamental to becoming an active participant in society. Our Scratch and Java programming camps for girls are perfect for aspiring coders or simply anyone intrigued by programming.
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 Programming Course Appropriate for You?
Javaccino has no prerequisites other than a love for collaboration, style, and fun! The course is perfect for girls who enjoy thinking games and puzzles. Guided exploration with Scratch allows girls to harness the power of the user-friendly interface. Girls will take their new coding skills further and experiment with Java, one of the most well-known, in-demand programming languages. Learning will take place alongside inspirational mentors in a fresh, inviting setting.
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:
- Make characters move, converse, and respond to any situation
- Extend Scratch programming knowledge to Java™
- Use Processing to manipulate graphics
- Utilize variables, data types, and arrays
- Use Integrated Development Environments, or IDEs
Top Skills Gained
Software & Hardware Skills Development
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
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
“Our daughter said to us, ‘You know, I think programming is not for me. I'm just not interested.’ We knew we needed to do something because we knew that programming was for everyone. We looked online and stumbled upon Alexa Café and we knew it was perfect! Programming and just girls. She had the best time from the first day on. She gave us a card this week that said, ‘Thank you for making me learn programming, which was something I didn't know I loved’.” –Selene, Parent, Alexa Café
“Very positive experience for Cede. She came home every day very enthusiastic about what she had learned and done..and kept working on her projects at night. It is so wonderful that she could have this experience with all girls. It was empowering for her and she now can imagine a very exciting future for herself in technology!" –Megan, Parent, Alexa Café
“This is Zoe's second week and we are quite surprised by the excitement and enthusiasm for coding...a subject that she literally did not like prior to the camp. I really appreciate everything that you have done for my daughter. Once again, thank you for your vision and the opportunity this has created for our daughter!” –Rosie, Parent, Alexa Café
What Students Are Saying
“Alexa Café was the best camp I have ever been to. Everyone was energetic, happy, and helpful.” –Agatha, Student, Alexa Café
“Alexa Café changed my life and taught me a lot! I’m so happy I came here!” –Sanjana, Student, Alexa Café
"I really enjoyed getting to learn different things, and having a really positive environment to work in. It was also really awesome getting to see how many girls wanted to do this camp too (and that's just in one session)! This was a cool and inspiring experience.” –Maya, 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?