For kids and teens interested in programming, iD Tech computer camps will return to Emory University for summer 2014.
iD Tech camps are for kids ages 7 to 17. Topics include Scratch, Java, iOS, robotics, Minecraft and video game design, among others.
The camps offer a low student-to-instructor ratio and lots of hands-on learning. Some programs–including the two-week teen academies–allow students to live on the college campus; others are day camps only.
Thanksgiving weekend is coming, and that means it’s time for the annual Space Camp sale. This year, you can save $200 off summer programs held in Huntsville, Ala.
The sale period kicks of just after midnight this Friday, November 29, and continues until Monday night. By registering this weekend, you can save $200 off the week-long Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, or Robotics summer camps, or the weekend family camp versions of Space Camp or Aviation Challenge.
They’re offering two accommodations to make it easier to take advantage of the sale. First, you don’t have to select the date your child will attend the camp when you register — you can decide later. Second, they can put you on a payment plan, since even with discounts applied, these adventures don’t come cheap.
Like a typical entry level robotics class, the START:CODE class will have students put together a robot from a kit. But the middle-school and high-school students who take this class also will learn about the embedded systems inside the robot parts — and inside all kinds of microelectronics — and how they work. In addition, the students will use the programming languages Python and C to program their robot.
The instructor is a professional software developer and a designer of embedded systems robotics.
The class will meet Wednesday evenings, beginning Oct. 2, at the START:CODE location in Decatur / Toco Hills. Registration is open now.
Just added to this site’s Enrichment page: Imagine That, a local business offering classes and camps in science, technology and art.
It can be hard to find educational programs that cater to the preschool set, but Imagine That has classes for kids as young as 3 years old.
Choose from after-school classes, Saturday programs, homeschool classes, parents’ night out, and camps that run during school breaks.
The Science, Engineering, Math and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) program at Fernbank Science Center in Decatur is now accepting applications for its fall session for students in grades 4 to 8.
Sessions will be held on seven consecutive Saturday mornings, beginning September 14.
SEMAA is sponsored by NASA, so participation is free. NASA provides guidelines for the program; however, be aware that the local SEMAA program is not run by NASA personnel.
Although the stated mission of SEMAA is to increase participation in the sciences among under-served populations, admission is open to all, regardless of ethnicity.
You do not have to be a resident of DeKalb County to apply. Spaces are limited and will fill quickly.
START:CODE, a computer programming lab in Decatur for kids and teens, has opened registration for its fall sessions.
Here’s what they’re offering:
- Elementary lab for 4th and 5th graders, starting in early September. This is a six-week program in the Scratch programming language.
- Starter labs for students in grades 6-12. This is an ongoing program that teaches kids to work in Scratch, Python and Java. You can enroll anytime.
- Homeschool labs, which meet in early afternoons, starting next week. Students begin by learning Scratch and Python; those who complete the first class can continue to a class in Java.
These programs, which are operated by APS’ Office of Gifted and Talented Education, are open to all, not only to APS students; however, the fees are significantly higher for non-APS students. Scholarships may be available based on financial need.
To apply for either program, you first register online to select your classes. Then, you must present required documents, to show your child’s gifted status, and pay your fees. That must be done in person at the APS Office of Gifted and Talented. Check the FAQ for more information about the process.
Bear in mind that only when you have made your payment is your child’s spot in a class confirmed. In other words, registering online does not hold you a space in the classes you want. Only completing the payment process guarantees your spot.
Still looking for summer camps for 2013? Georgia Tech has a whole list of summer camps being held on its campus.
The selections include robotics, music production, drama, musical theater, mobile app development, game design, and aerospace engineering.
Camps range from age 8 all the way up to college freshmen. Cost per week is roughly $200-$300 for most options.
The Juilliard School, an icon of music education, will hold its annual Jazz Summer Camp June 17-21, 2013, at North Atlanta High School Center for the Arts. Workshop classes are taught by Juilliard faculty and students and include combo work, individual practice and jam sessions.
Applicants should be 12-18 years old and passionate about jazz. The camp is open to students who play trumpet, saxophone, trombone, guitar, piano, double bass, or drums.
The Atlanta brochure (PDF) has all the details. Application deadline is May 1.
Kids ages 6-14 can learn to build and operate LEGO robotics at the 2013 campMODA, a program of the Museum of Design Atlanta.
Younger children (6-8) use LEGO WeDo kits to build models and control them via computer software. Older campers (9-14) use LEGO NXT to build models from scratch and write their own programs to control their models.
Some weeks of campMODA are already sold out, but as of this posting, five weeks in June and July still have spaces open.
The camps are held at Colony Square in Midtown.