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Important Things to Consider for Summer Coding Camp

Trying to figure out which tech camp is the right fit for the upcoming summer is a lengthy process. If someone is going to be sacrificing two weeks of their summer in order to experience some kind of camp for a subject they’re interested in, then they must make sure it at least appears like it’ll be a worthwhile thing to do.

We’re confident that your search for a top-notch tech camp experience will end once you see everything we have to offer here at Emagination Tech Camps. As a family-owned business that’s been doing this for more than 30 years, we know a thing or two about giving campers something to smile about as they start preparing for their future at a young age!

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Even with all those things considered, we know that it’s a large commitment for any parent to allow their child – no matter the age – to attend a camp (especially an overnight camp) for an extended period of time. And if they’re going to be willing to do so, there are certain aspects and details of camp that you need to know about.

Those details include safety, healthcare, and any special accommodations for those that need it.

Safety
You’re putting your child’s safety into our hands, and we take that responsibility seriously. Anxiety can be heightened when a child heads off to a two-week overnight camp – especially when the distance from home is more than 20 minutes – and the last thing we want you to do is worry about whether they’re safe or not on a college campus during the summer.

Campers are supervised by counselors and other staff 24 hours a day and are escorted by counselors, Senior Campers, or Program Assistants when they walk around campus. Overnight campers aren’t allowed to leave campus, and if a child is attending a day camp, a password is required for pick-up. Camp rules also stipulate supervised internet access.

Healthcare
Every camper is a little bit different, so we make sure they’re treated in that way. Prior to camp getting underway, we’re happy to receive any information from parents or the doctor of the camper that clues us in on any particular medical conditions we need to be aware of. This includes but isn’t limited to dietary, activity, or other restrictions/limitations.

If there are any questions regarding healthcare, please don’t feel like you can’t ask the question. If it’s important to you, then we also view it as important and would rather answer it instead of not talking it out.

All the Information You need About Summer Tech Camp

Trying to figure out which tech camp is the right fit for the upcoming summer is a lengthy process! If someone is going to be sacrificing two weeks of their summer in order to experience some kind of camp for a subject they’re interested in, then they must make sure it at least appears like it’ll be a worthwhile thing to do.

We’re confident that your search for a top-notch tech camp experience will end once you see all we have to offer here at Emagination Tech Camps. As a family-owned business that’s been doing this since 1982, we know a thing or two about giving campers something to smile about as they start preparing for their future at a young age!

Emagination Tech Camps - Tech Plus Summer Fun

There are five different locations for our tech camps, which includes Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. There may be some stipulations on age and skill level for individual courses, but our camps – which have day and overnight options and are two weeks long – are open to campers aged 8 to 17 years old. There’s also an opportunity to mix in that “traditional” summer camp experienced with non-technology options like swimming or field games. Don’t worry, though, most of your experience will be tech focused – we’re just giving you the chance to mix in one recreational activity and customize your time with us a little bit.

We’ve already detailed the dates, times, location, and prices of our 2020 summer tech camps elsewhere, but what other information do you need to know about us before committing to join us? Knowing about the following three areas will definitely help.

The Emagination Difference
What makes us different than our competition? Well, we’re proud to have a huge selection of tech courses that are taught by qualified instructors in person using top-notch curriculums. And if you’ve enrolled in a class that you no longer want to be in, campers have the opportunity to switch courses all the way up to the first day of camp (subject to availability). That should make everyone take a deep breath and relax knowing that if you don’t make the right decision with a class right away, there’s always an opportunity to switch it with another one that might be a better fit.

Emagination Tech Camps - Tech Plus Summer Fun

Summer Camp Activities
There are tons of different activities available to campers that have nothing to do with our tech classes. They range from camper groups to unstructured play time and theme day. While campers are obviously here to learn some new things, we also know they don’t want every minute of their day scheduled with work. That’s why we find it very important to give them some choices within the scope of their daily schedule. In addition to an evening program, there’s also an evening talent show where campers and counselors perform skits and share their talents with the entire camp community.

Growing with Emagination
As you continue to advance in age, you can be happy to know that you won’t ever be too old for Emagination Tech Camps – there are just different opportunities. If you’re in the 7th grade or below before camp, you’re considered an Ultimate Camper, while Senior Campers are in 8th grade or higher before camp. Senior Campers also get an opportunity to be a part of the Teen Leadership Program.

What’s a Typical Day at Summer Tech Camp Like?

Our summer tech camps at Emagination have a lot of different options for campers who want to have a hand in creating exactly what their day-to-day experience at camp will be like. There are five different locations for our tech camps, which includes five different states (Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania). We have our doors opened to kids from ages 8 to 17 because we know that a desire to get exposure to technology isn’t limited to whatever your age may be!

What sets us apart is that while there are plenty of options when it comes to various tech courses, there’s also an option for campers to incorporate off-screen recreational activity during their time with us. It’s a perfect way to get unplugged for a short period of time and get that typical summer camp experience. After all, as much as we all love technology, coding, and computers, our eyes need a break every once in a while! That break may be as simple as taking a short walk for some, but for others, it’s important to have some other type of structured activity so you can shut that portion of your mind off temporarily and come back with a fresh set of eyes.

Our sessions are broken up into two-week periods of time and there are both day and overnight camp options available to those who are interested. For the overnight offering, it does include the weekend and a day of games/activities on Saturday. If you’d rather opt for the day camp options because you enjoy sleeping in your own bed, though, don’t worry – day campers are invited to our weekend events, too!

A Typical Day at Emagination Tech Camp

As mentioned before, our camp sessions are two weeks long, which is a lot of time to get things done and be exposed to different things. With that in mind, what exactly is the day-to-day schedule like? Well, you’re in luck because we’re going to break it down for you right here!

8am: Starting the day with a breakfast and some time to socialize with some of your new friends.

8:45am: This is a time to give some recognition awards to certain campers and an opportunity for the entire camp to get jacked up about the day ahead.

9a-12p: Two 90-minute workshops to thrill and challenge.

12-1p: All-you-can-eat lunch and some unstructured free time!

1-4p: Back to the labs for two more 90-minute workshops.

4:15p: This acts as an opportunity for day and overnight campers to have fun with some gaming with others, working on projects, or hanging out in the dorms or outside. It’s also a time for seniors to hand out with others in the Senior Lounge or somewhere outside.

5:30p: Dinner time for both campers and counselors! There are options for evening programming, so it’s a time for you to figure out exactly what you’d like to do.

6-8:30p: This is the evening program timing, which includes options for open computer labs, outdoor field games, free dorm time, Magic the Gathering, LARPing, and the Dungeons & Dragons club.

8:30p: Campers head back to their dorms at this time for some small group meetings and free time with either friends or counselors.

10pm: Although they do vary by age group, this is bedtime!

Here’s How You Can Get Exposed to Engineering at Summer Tech Camp

At Emagination Tech Camps, we’re elated to consistently provide a balanced experience to the campers who join us each summer. There is a ton of flexibility when it comes to the types of camps available, along with the locations that are offered.

One thing that makes our camps unique is the fact that campers can customize their experience based on exactly what they want to do. There are courses available for campers of every age and skill level, and all of the tech courses you see were offered at each of our locations. There’s also an opportunity to mold your experience in such a way that you can combine time doing techy things with also being outside to do typical summer camp stuff, or just focus on all tech stuff during your time with us.

A popular offering for us includes our engineering courses. If you love science and math and aren’t too sure about whether engineering could be a fit for you down the road as a major during your college years, then this is the perfect time to try and find out! We offer five different engineering-related courses to choose from at each of our locations. Here are a handful of those course offerings to give you a glimpse as to what you could potentially learn upon joining us at Emagination this summer.

Emagination Engineering

Circuits and Sabers
If you’re interested in engineering and love Star Wars, then this course literally checks all the boxes for you. Campers will be able to learn about the fundamentals of circuitry through using Autodesk tinkercad, as well as how to program and simulate Arduino code and how to design and build a lightsaber.

And no, that’s not a typo. By the end of class, campers will be able to head back home with a prop quality lightsaber to show off to friends and family.

Cybersecurity and Cryptography
Given how much work is done electronically and over the internet these days, it’s vitally important to learn current security tools and applications, along with getting exposed to security practices for being online. It’s also a pretty sought-after skill in the workplace upon entering the “real world”. Campers will also get a history of cryptography and learn the current methods of file and communication encryption.

Once the class is over, campers will have a custom encryption and secure storage solution for their work.

Explorations in Engineering
If you’re unsure which parts of engineering you’re totally interested in yet, this is a great course because it helps campers get exposed to different concepts while assembling the electronic components to build and program a Piper Rasberry Pi micro-computer. Campers must have a Mojang account because Minecraft software will be used. The course will help in building a camper’s fundamental learning and understanding in architectural design and how to create Redstone powered devices in Minecraft.

Learn About Digital Arts and Media at Summer Computer Camp

At Emagination Tech Camps, we’re elated to consistently provide a balanced experience to the campers who join us each summer. There is a ton of flexibility when it comes to the types of camps available, along with the locations that are offered.

One thing that makes our camps unique is the fact that campers can customize their experience based on exactly what they want to do. There are courses available for campers of every age and skill level, and all of the tech courses you see were offered at each of our locations. There’s also an opportunity to mold your experience in such a way that you can combine time doing techy things with also being outside to do typical summer camp stuff, or just focus on all tech stuff during your time with us.

A popular offering for us includes Digital Art & Media, an area of our camps where we actually offer the most courses to potentially interested in campers. These courses are available at all five of our locations (Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) and are open to children from ages 8 to 17.

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We can’t go through all of the Digital Art & Media courses right now, so we’ll talk about four that your camper may want to learn more about.

3D Animated Shorts
If you sign up for this class, be sure to bring a 32GB flash drive, which is recommended. It’s open to all ages and skill levels and uses Autodesk 3DS max software. Campers will leave the course with a 15-30 second animated scene that they’ve created, which is super cool! They’ll also get exposure to storyboarding, keyframe and walk cycle animation techniques, and an idea of how to use state-of-the-art software used by animation professionals.

Augmented Reality
Just the title of this course sounds interesting, doesn’t it? After all, our Augmented Reality course allows campers to dive into transformative technologies that are changing the experiences in entertainment, science, and medicine. The course is open to all campers, but they’ll need an Android smartphone and a free Unity account.

They’ll be able to head home with an augmented scene with 3D assets while also having learned about User Interface scripting, how to implement interactive virtual objects, and how to mix a pre-rendered scene with a real-life environment.

Photoshop
We’ve all likely heard of Photoshop at one point in our lives, but not everybody has actually used the software. And while some people have heard about it and used the software, there still room for improvement from an experience level. By the end of class, campers will be able to create custom 2D images and GIF animations, along with learning about how to manipulate layers and filters.

Web Design
Have you ever wanted to create your own website? Well, here’s your chance! Open to all campers, our web design course allows participants to be exposed to a number of different types of software: XAMPP, HTML5, CSS, PHP, and WordPress. Campers will leave with having created their own website that features a personal interest. They’ll also get exposed to things like HTML5 coding structure, stylesheet creation (CSS), and how to use PHP to embed dynamic features.

Check Out These Fun Activities to Look Forward to at Summer Tech Camp

We know that you’re heading to tech camp this summer for one main reason – you want to learn more about technology. Whether that includes video game design, coding, engineering, or digital media and art, there’s something you enjoy participating in already that you want to learn more about.

While that’s the focus of our camps – and for good reason because we are a tech camp, after all – it’s also the summertime, which is a perfect reason to also find a way to spend time outside. At Emagination Tech Camps, we believe in campers getting some “unplugged” time during their experience with us, but we also know it’s not right to force that kind of experience onto you if you don’t want it.

There are a couple of different ways to customize your tech camp experience. That includes choosing three tech courses with one recreation activity, or simply picking four different tech courses. Each of our tech courses meets for 1.5 hours between 9am and 4pm, which also includes a break from 12-1p for lunch and unstructured free time to do whatever campers would like to do.

Getting Uplugged

As for the recreational activities, though, there are a variety of organized activities that will allow them to have a blast. We wanted to spend some time detailing those specific activities below.

Swimming
Although this particular activity isn’t available at our Pennsylvania location, campers of all ages and skill levels at every other location only need a bathing suit and towel to participate here. It’s summertime, which means it’s likely hot wherever you’ve decided to attend tech camp. Swimming with some of your new camp friends is a great way to cool off, unwind, and also get a little exercise before getting back in front of a computer or sitting back down for class.

Field Games
If swimming isn’t your thing and you’d also still like to get some Vitamin D by being outside in the sun, then maybe choosing one of the field games is an option for you. There are a number of different options within this broad name, including dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, larping, and more.

If you attend tech camp at our Georgia location, there is also an option to hold these kinds of activities inside the air-conditioned gym if the heat truly gets untenable.

Indoor Games
Maybe you’d prefer to do something other than taking another tech course and would rather it not be something super athletic. That’s totally understandable, and we have some options for you! There are tons of group activities available in this option, including checkers, Risk, Battleship, or Apples to Apples. You also have the opportunity to bring other games from home, including Magic the Gathering or other kinds of TCG decks.

Dungeons & Dragons
If you’re a D&D fan, then this is your chance to create your own character and join others on a fantasy adventure. This would allow you to engage in battles, gather treasure, and solve problems together. Campers also have the option to bring D&D books, dice, or other accessories if they’d like.

Here’s What You’ll Learn at Coding Camp

At Emagination Tech Camps, we’re elated to consistently provide a balanced experience to the campers who join us each summer. There is a ton of flexibility when it comes to the types of camps available, along with the locations that are offered.

One thing that makes our camps unique is the fact that campers can customize their experience based on exactly what they want to do. There are courses available for campers of every age and skill level, and all of the tech courses you see were offered at each of our locations. There’s also an opportunity to mold your experience in such a way that you can combine time doing techy things with also being outside to do typical summer camp stuff, or just focus on everything tech during your time with us.

Emagination Coding Camp

A popular offering for us includes coding camp, which is specifically available for teens aged 13 to 17, enabling them to learn how to code using Java, which is one of today’s most popular dynamic programming languages. If you’re looking for coding camp for a student that’s aged 12 and under, don’t worry! We have options available for them, too.

While it’s helpful to generally know what you or your student will be learning at coding camp this summer, what are the specifics? We like including as many details as possible so you all can make decisions as a family over what makes the most sense.

There are five different coding classes campers have to choose from at tech camp, all of which you can see right here. For today, though, we’re going to focus on the following three specifically.

AI & Machine Learning
This particular course is open to anyone, but the prerequisites include a skill level of intermediate to advanced, along with both a working knowledge of algebra and prior programming experience.

Campers will leave this class having made constructs for sampled learning and classification while also learning quite a bit of information. Some of this information includes getting a breakdown of the history of artificial intelligence, data modeling and the uses in machine learning, an understanding of linear progression, and the basics of probability theory, plus its use in classification modeling algorithms.

Coding Basics with Python
As long as you have a working knowledge of algebra, beginner and intermediate tech campers will be able to participate in this particular class. The software being used is obviously Python, but also Pycharm, and students will walk away having created custom Python programs. In addition to getting programming fundamentals, campers will also get exposed to object-oriented design principles, variables, loops, and functions, and Boolean logic.

Coding in Java
Open to all ages and skill levels, this gives campers a chance to learn to code using Java, which, as we mentioned previously, is the most popular of the dynamic programming languages. The software used in this class includes Java SDK and Eclipse IDE, which will allow campers to head home with a working Java application. They’ll also learn how to build cross-platform applications, get exposed to programming logic and implementation, and gain a solid foundation of programming skills to build upon looking into the future.

Here’s What You Can Learn About Video Game Design at Summer Camp

At Emagination Tech Camps, we’re elated to consistently provide a balanced tech camp experience to the campers who join us each summer. There is a ton of flexibility when it comes to the types of camps available, along with the locations that are offered.

One thing that makes our camps unique is the fact that campers can customize their experience based on exactly what they want to do. There are courses available for campers of every age and skill level, and all of the tech courses you see were offered at each of our locations. There’s also an opportunity to mold your experience in such a way that you can combine time doing techy things with also being outside to do typical summer camp stuff, or just focus on everything tech during your time with us.

Emagination Game Design

A popular area of courses that we offer include video game design, which obviously sounds attractive to anyone and everyone who loves playing video games. However, the academic component of video game design goes much further than grabbing the controllers to your Xbox.

With that in mind, here are five different game design classes campers can choose from.

Action Game Design
This course uses the GameMaker software, and it’s specifically designed for campers to progress at their own pace since there is content available from beginner level to advanced. At the end of the course, campers will have created a 2D action game and learn about basic 2D game design theory, the differences and similarities among action games, along with developing their troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

Battle Royale Game Design
This course uses the Unreal Game Engine Software, and also requires campers to sign up for a free Epic Games account before starting the course. They’ll finish this experience with a Battle Royale Style game while learning about level design and editing for this specific software. Campers will also get exposed to player interactions, asset allocation and development, project workflow management, and node-based visual programming.

Game Design Elements
This course has a little bit of a different feel compared to the first two we described. It’s open to all ages, but campers must bring a home game creation set with them and $35 for lab fees. They’ll finish the course with a card or board game, while learning about the similarities and differences among game genres, the development of a storyline and theme, and how to create progression and balance in a game.

Level Design
This particular course uses Warcraft 3 and RPG Maker as the software, and students leave the experience with an Anime RPG and a Strategy game. While they’re with us, they’ll learn about what goes into planning a basic strategy game, game map editing, RPG design theory, simple game scripting, character action and interaction, and how to import tilesets, sprites, battle animations, and backgrounds.

Minecraft World Design
Campers need to have a Mojang (also known as Minecraft) account available upon joining this particular class. However, they’ll leave having created a custom Minecraft world and having experience in building teamwork skills and how to manage and budget their resources appropriately.

Where Are the Best 2020 Coding Camps Located?

As a family-owned company that’s been around for 30-plus years now, we here at Emagination Tech Camps are super excited about the kind of experience we provide to campers each and every summer. They not only get an opportunity to get practical instruction and experience with their technology of choice, but they also get a chance to go outside and be a kid at camp – which is exactly what they are!

One of the biggest benefits to our camps is that there’s a bunch of hands-on learning and no online tutorials for anything. We want campers to express their creativity, advance their technology skills, and make some friends, along with learning how to be on their own, which helps boost their own self confidence.

Emagination Coding Camp

An offering in particular that we get a lot of interest in on an annual basis is our coding camps, which are available to children aged 13 to 17. There are both day and overnight programs available throughout the summer at each of our locations, and these camps typically last for two weeks.

Coding camps are great because they help campers learn how to code (which, we suppose is a little obvious, but still!) using one of today’s most popular computer languages: Java. Campers will learn the programming fundamentals and code in Java, which will help build for different types of applications for Windows, XML Web services, distributed components, and client server applications.

Now that you’re convinced to join one of our Emagination Coding Camp experiences this summer, it’s important to know a handful of details, like locations, dates, times, and prices, among other things. We’re proud to offer our coding camps in five different states this year, and all the pertinent details are available below.

Connecticut
College Campus: Fairfield University
Location: Fairfield, CT
Dates Offered: June 28th – July 10th and July 26 – August 7 (overnight). June 29 – July 10th and July 27 – August 7 (day).
Tuition: $2,995 (overnight), $1,595 (Day), $1,775 (Extended Day), or $1,895 (Full Day)

Georgia
College Campus: Mercer University
Location: Atlanta, GA
Dates Offered: June 7 – June 19th and July 5th – July 17th (overnight). June 8 – June 19th and July 6th – July 17th (Day).
Tuition: $2,645 (overnight), $1,495 (Day), Extended Day ($1,695), and $1,895 (full day)

Illinois
College Campus: Lake Forest College
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Dates Offered: June 14th – June 26th and July 12th – July 24th (overnight) July 13 – July 24th (Day).
Tuition: $2,995 (overnight), $1,495 (Day), $1,695 (Extended Day), $1,895 (Full Day).

Massachusetts
College Campus: Bentley University
Location: Boston, MA
Dates Offered: June 28th – July 10th and July 26th – August 7th (overnight). June 29th – July 10th and July 27th – August 7th.
Tuition: $2,995 (overnight), $1,595 (Day), $1,775 (Extended Day), $1,895 (full day).

Pennsylvania
College Campus: Rosemont College
Location: Rosemont, PA
Dates Offered: June 28th – July 10th and July 26th – August 7th (overnight). June 29th to July 10th and July 27th – August 7th (Day).
Tuition: $2995 (overnight), $1,495 (Day), $1,695 (Extended Day), $1,895 (Full Day).

5 Things You Can Learn at Summer Tech Camp

If your child loves technology and wants to spend part of their summer surrounded by it, then you’ve stopped at the right place. Emagination Tech Camps started with humble beginnings in Connecticut, but we’ve stood the test of time since being founded all the way back in 1982.

We’re proud to be doing what we’ve done for so long, especially as a family-owned company that’s accredited by the American Camp Association at our Connecticut and Massachusetts locations. Our mission for camps every single summer is to educate, entertain, and help develop healthy kids and teens. This is done by carefully finding the balance between learning about technology and offering activities and the lifetime benefits of your typical summer camp experience.

So, if we’re talking specifically about Emagination Tech Camps, what are the five areas campers can look forward to learning about?

Create Digital Art and Media

Create Digital Art and Media
As everyone knows these days, way too many things are created by – and even dependent on – computers. The idea of digital art is becoming more and more popular, and having this skill set already in a camper’s back pocket is incredibly useful.

They’ll get a chance to learn more about photoshop, web design, and how to create YouTube videos, but they’ll also have a chance to create a 15-30 second animated scene in our 3D Animated Shorts course.

Learn to Code

Learn to Code
While learning how to create digital art and media is a terrific skill, it’s hard to beat a skill like coding. Campers will learn how to code in different languages, such as Python, C#, and Java, along with getting a basis in AI and machine learning.

Explore Engineering

Explore Engineering
Are you interested in cybersecurity and robotics? Well, then this area of our tech camps may just be perfect for you! But what if you’re just generally interested in engineering and not sure which specific avenue you’d like to go down? That’s OK, too – you can discover engineering concepts in our Explorations in Engineering course as you assemble the electronic components to build and program a Piper with Rasberry Pi micro-computer.

Design Games

Design Games
It’s very common for a camper super interested in technology to also have some level of interest in video games and video game design. If that generally describes your interests, then you’ve come to the right place! Through our Game Design Elements course, you’ll get a broad overview about crucial game design elements, such as theme, aesthetics, balance, and progression.

Get Unplugged

Get Unplugged
We know that you’re planning on attending tech camp because you want to take your computer and STEM skills to a whole other level. However, it’s also still summer, which means one thing – this is still a time to unplug from electronics for a short period of time and get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather! We offer activities such as swimming, field games (ultimate frisbee, dodgeball, capture the flag), indoor games (board games, card games, other group activities), and Dungeons & Dragons.

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