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Digital Wizardry: Creating Art and Audio

  • Price: $399/week
  • Age: 7 - 9
  • Skill Level: Beginner–Intermediate
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Weeklong program, 2 hours per day

About This Course

Creativity is to see what is, and then make what could be. Early on, you don't need advanced software and complicated installations...all you need is Scratch. Designed by MIT, it provides an image editor and audio capture features right out of the box. Making your characters, stories, or even simple animated shorts jump off the screen is the name of the game. Record sounds, draw characters and backgrounds, and flex your creative muscles!

Tools: Scratch by MIT Media Lab

Topics Covered

  • Create and design characters
  • Draw custom backgrounds
  • Design and animate sprites
  • Experiment and explore to build creativity and confidence

Sample Schedule

In this course, students will imagine their own worlds and stories, and bring them to life with Scratch’s design tools.Throughout the week, students will engage in instructor-led lessons, collaborative discussions, and independent project work. 

Here’s a sample of what a week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of key material and the overall student experience. 

To kick off the week, students will dive into the fundamentals of visual game design with Scratch and design a character they’ll code with motion and sounds.

Next, students will animate characters with unique poses and movement and develop a game from scratch with custom designs.

Interweaving coding with storytelling, students will develop an interactive story with branching paths and custom audio recordings.

Time to polish their projects! Students will design, code, and direct their own interactive game from start to finish.

Finally, students present their project to the class and engage in constructive feedback discussions.

Portfolio-Boosting Transcript

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive an official iD Tech transcript outlining the skills they learned over the course of the week.

Learn from the best.

Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your child. With 23 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. It's no surprise that iconic companies like Google, EA, Microsoft, and Disney hire the same talent we do. Our iD Certified instructors possess the whole package of skills that top employers seek.

  • 100% USA-based, adult instructors

  • Recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU

  • Rigorous background and reference checks

  • Robust training programs and certification

  • Adherence to American Camp Association accredited guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Scratch is a platform for kids to make games, but more educationally, it’s a tool for young minds to bring imagination and ideas to life with code. In fact, Scratch is one of the most popular “block-based coding” options out there, and one of the best programming languages for kids. Learn more about making games on Scratch.

Especially to younger students, coding can seem abstract at first: this course brings programming to life! By interweaving storytelling and music, block coding is a fun learning adventure that taps into kids’ creativity while they build new STEM skills.

Once kids learn to love to code, the possibilities are endless! Not only does the 21st century workplace demand digital literacy, 3.5 million STEM jobs will go unfilled by 2025. Early positive experiences with tech will give kids a competitive edge.

Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.

While we are proud to offer world-class experiences on many of the world’s most prestigious university campuses, we also recognize that many families need the flexibility of quality virtual learning! It’s with these families in mind that we’ve adapted the core elements of our flagship camps to an online format with our Virtual Tech Camps

Like our on-campus programs, Virtual Tech Camps feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each week includes live  teaching of our signature, cutting-edge curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. To complete the experience, our Virtual Tech Camps incorporate all the magic of summer camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions!

To run this online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer, a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing. Any course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.

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