As summer draws nearer and nearer (and your calendar reminders to sign up for summer camps ramp steadily up), we’ve got a cool one — actually a handful of cool ones — for your consideration. The iD Tech Summer Camps, which run at universities all over the region (including Penn, Villanova and Bryn Mawr!), offer some really cool options for kids 7 to 17 who are interested in anything from video game design to robotics to virtual reality to filmmaking … and beyond.
Each camp offers a slightly different experience: At Penn, the week-long day camps are aimed at kids 7 to 17, and offer courses on things like game design, robotics, AI and machine learning, and cool coding projects. Meantime, the day- and overnight options at Villanova include those things, as well as virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, filmmaking, photography, and more. And at Bryn Mawr, there’s a special all-girls “Alexa Café” camp, wherein the kids can learn coding, design, film, and engineering in small, collaborative clusters. The curriculum emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy — and the camp runs week-long day and overnight options for girls ages 10-15. (Really, you should go to the sites and check out the options of courses — the descriptions are incredible!)
All of the camps include hands-on, pressure-free, personalized technology instruction that’s delivered in a fun, kid-friendly way. The whole ethos behind iD Tech revolves around the idea that technology shouldn’t be intimidating or uninspiring for kids — rather, that it’s cool, meaningful, even life-changing. And intermixed between the tech courses are some normal summer camp activities — the kids get a chance play and burn some energy and make friends and build cool STEM skills in areas like coding and robotics. (Don’t you wish you had a summer camp like this?)