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PlanetBravo's Techno-tainment Camps

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PlanetBravo's Techno-tainment Camps have provided kids and teens with the opportunity to enjoy summer fun while creating incredible tech projects for 17 summers. With 10 locations in Southern California and the Bay Area, campers enjoy a full week of a camp course for hundreds less than nationwide tech programs. From virtual reality and battle royale game design to drone programming and simple coding, any ability level is perfect for the courses at this camp. The staff is fun, friendly, and really knows how to make the learning meaningful and engaging. 

PlanetBravo has been featured on Netflix and PBS NewsHour and written about in Fortune magazine as an example of how tech can improve academics in schools. Learn more at www.planetbravo.com.

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BoomFTK Camp

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BoomFTK Camp provides a fun and educationally exciting environment that allows children to explore different STE(A)M-based themes every week through arts & craft projects, hands-on-experiments, and usage of FasTracKids' world-renowned teaching techniques and principles. Children will have a great time playing in the clean and safe 3,000-square-foot state-of-the-art play area as they have fun, socialize, and learn all under one roof.

The FasTracKids program has been enriching children on Staten Island and worldwide in over 50 countries for close to 20 years. It offers children the ability to learn, explore, and socialize while still having fun. This paired with the incredibly clean and spacious play area at BoomKidz makes BoomFTK Camp a great choice for your children this summer.

The camp makes it easy for working parents with extended-day hours (7:30am-6:00pm daily). Hot lunches are also provided.

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Chicago Architecture Center Family Programs

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The Chicago Architecture Center is much more than a famous river cruise, walking tours, and exhibits. It’s a place where you can take part in fun, affordable programs with your family every week.

Family programs include:

  • Read and Build: Bring your young children (ages 3-6) to the CAC to listen to a new story each month and create an art project.
  • Family Build: Themed stations introduce the whole family to architecture basics. Take part in a design challenge and leave with a take-home project. Ages 3+.
  • LEGO Build: Learn about an iconic Chicago building and solve a design challenge related to it using LEGO. Buildings change each month.

Learn more and see the CAC’s full list of education offerings at architecture.org/learn.

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Fashion Technology & Design Summer Camp

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ThunderLily Fashion Tech offers summer camps where young fashionistas and aspiring engineers fuse creativity with innovation as they explore the exciting world of wearable technology.

Students learn the actual techniques that are needed to be fashion designers and then use their creativity to solve real world dilemmas, working through iterative design cycles from concept to final prototype. In these summer courses, students delve into the four pillars of wearable tech—design, engineering, construction, and sustainability—learning conceptual design and how to refine their ideas. Students gain hands-on experience with pattern-drafting, sewing, and construction; learn how to program Arduinos; and explore the fundamentals of electrical engineering, prototyping, and choosing fabrics.

For their capstone project, students create a unique piece of wearable technology that improves the world around us.

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The Institute for American Indian Studies' Summer Camp

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The Institute for American Indian Studies is offering six weeks of full-day summer camp for children ages 5-12, focusing on the life-ways and lessons of Native Peoples. Join experienced educators and camp staff on a journey through one or several themes: Digging Detectives, Eating with the Seasons, Crafty Creations, Woodland Survival, Not So Primitive Technology, and Forest and River Ecology. Each week while hiking in the woods, playing games, and making friends, campers will work together to complete a group project. By doing so, campers will not only learn valuable life skills, but will also have a positive impact on future visitors, students, and campers. Have your children practice team-building skills, increase their knowledge of nature, and connect with a culture that has more than 10,000 years of history in the area!

Camp Yokey - Summer STEM Camp

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Camp Yokey is a STEM summer camp that takes place in a unique location in Brooklyn—a virtual reality arcade with the latest technology and equipment. Camp subjects include coding, Roblox, Fortnite, VR, AR, hardware, art, and lots of fun. With an amazing space, the latest technology, and experienced instructors, your child will learn to build their future in the technology or art fields.

Camp Yokey focuses on the technology and coding aspects of games for virtual reality and augmented reality. Campers will learn how to design 3-D objects, develop movement and interaction of the objects, play-test their creations, and import them into a virtual world. The camp has strong art curriculum, specifically covering the intersection of art and tech. A large roster of courses for summer and vacation camps is available, including Fortnite Game Design with Unity, VR Art Studio, 3-D Animation, Roblox, Drawing, and Hardware.

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Idea Lab Kids

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Idea Lab Kids provides STEAM (STEM + Arts) camps ranging from Cooking School, Robotics, and Drones to 3-D Printing, Art Studio, Coding, Programming, Movie Production, Engineering, and Science. Campers learn through inquisitive hands-on activities utilizing science, math, critical thinking skills, and a great deal of imagination.

Full- and half-day options are available, plus optional extended hours for before- and after-camp care. Campers are divided by age group: preschool, lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school.

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