The first day of Fall approaches, and your attention turns from sunny days and camp sessions to school and homework.
But don’t forget about your camp experience just yet!
Here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of camp, after camp ends.
1. Learn Year-Round With Remote Instructors
Our instructors are our pride and joy; you just can’t find the same caliber of staff at any other summer camp (with good reason!) So why not keep in touch with your child’s favorite instructor year-round?
With our remote instruction, you can book one-hour video sessions in a variety of subjects; if it’s taught at camp (or even some subjects we didn’t offer over the summer!), we might be able to teach it remotely. We’ll chat with you about your student’s interests, experience, and schedule, and match you with the perfect instructor to help your child hone their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills all year long—not to mention get a leg up in school!
Give us a call at 1-844-662-7258 for more information.
2. Improve Projects
Your child left camp with a project—whether that was a laptop or a game or a film—and even if that project was complete, there’s always more to add! Learning in STEM is about iteration; ask your child what their favorite parts of their project were, and help them find ways to enhance those parts.
Perhaps they adored taking photos—investing in a digital camera for your child to continue photographing and posting those photos on their website will help them keep those digital skills sharp. Can’t afford a camera? There are websites where you can rent them, too! Finding ways your student can add to their achievements at camp will help...
3. Keep the Learning Going
Similar to #2, keep the learning going! If your child completed their project and is ready for a new challenge, embrace that can-do attitude and invest in their future. Try researching online courses, local library offerings in the form of books and classes, or get them involved in at-school activities.
Perhaps robotics captured their hearts and their school has a team? Or maybe they adored the complexities of engineering and you can buy them a subscription box like the Tinker from Kiwi Crate? Keeping the experimentation going can ensure your child doesn’t lose the hard-earned skills they crafted at camp this summer. And who knows? Maybe those skills turn into a path toward a STEM career they’d never imagined.
4. Consider Outside School Activities
Realistically, while weekends are probably swallowed by homework and errands, they should also be for relaxation and fun! Try pairing that fun with educational activities for a double whammy of quality time. Check out museums, science fairs, and other tech-related activities in your area. To save money, keep an eye out for special deals—sometimes museums offer two-for-one or even free admission on certain days.
Can’t afford to go out or can’t find the time to leave the house? Turn your kitchen into a laboratory, have a STEM-themed movie night, or even go old school: break out some popsicle sticks, and challenge your little engineer to build. Check out our posts on Winter and Spring Break STEM activities for ideas, most of which are applicable all year long!
5. Realize It’s More Than Just Tech
Of course helping your child hold on to the STEM skills they gained at camp is essential, but there are plenty of other benefits to the time your child spent at iD Tech. From determination to social skills to self-confidence to friends that last a lifetime, your child learned more than even they know.
Take those so-called “soft skills” (because really, what’s “soft” about learning to work efficiently in a team?) and foster them. Determination can carry them through SATs, social skills can encourage your child to make new friends, and the benefits of increased self-confidence are literally endless. Listen to your child’s daily experiences, see if you can spot when they’re using these non-tech habits, and let them know how proud you are of them for broadening their scope of the world.
Come Back Next Summer!
In the chaos of backpacks, new teachers, and adjusting to school schedules, summer can fade from your mind—and your child’s mind—pretty quickly. But don’t forget how camp inspired your child with new techie curiosity.