The year 2011 just got a lot greener. iD Tech Camps, the world’s largest summer technology camp, has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees, and lots of them. For each camper enrolled in 2011 with iD Tech Camps or its Teen Academies, iD will donate one tree. The initiative is called One Camper, One Tree.
iD Tech Camps teaches students ages 7-18 technology skills through programming courses and classes in digital photography, robotics and more. Prestigious schools such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT are among the 60 universities across the country that host iD Tech Camps as well as its more intensive offshoots for teens, the iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy. Students work closely with their instructors in small classes (average 6 students per instructor, maximum 8 students) to learn essential technology skills and produce a final project showcasing their new knowledge. The project serves as the foundation for a growing portfolio – the more sessions at camp, the larger a student’s portfolio. Students use their portfolios as the launching pad for getting into their dream schools and turning their hobbies into potential careers.
This is not by any means the first time that iD Tech Camps has demonstrated its commitment to the environment. It has been a green company continuously over the years, with greening initiatives such as beach and graffiti cleanups and incentive programs for its employees and campers to find creative ways to get to work, to camp, and to recycle. The CEO of iD Tech Camps, Pete Ingram-Cauchi, even bikes to work whenever possible. “I love when, at the end of the week, I still have a full tank of gas – and my pants fit better too,” says Ingram-Cauchi. “We want our students to have the technology skills to succeed in their future careers, and we also want to make sure they have a green world to live in—so we must act as role models. It’s easy to do nothing. But taking care of Mother Earth is a responsibility.”
The implications of the Arbor Day Foundation partnership extend beyond a greener world. iD Tech Camps hopes that in showing such a commitment to the future of the planet, it will inspire all students to think about their personal futures. When students start amassing technology skills as carefully as they collect bottles and cans, the potential for stable, fun careers in the future skyrockets.
Written by Audrey Van Norman