If you've got an 8-12-year-old interested in STEM or movie-making, you'll want to act fast; Apple has just opened registration for its free three-day camps. Located at Apple store locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, these special annual camps and are 100% free—and they will fill up fast, so we wanted you to be the first to know!
For more camp information and ideas, check out our Camp Guide and Directory.
Apple Camps are not full day camps; they are essentially drop-off classes that meet on three days in the same week, culminating in a presentation of work on the Apple Store's big screen. They are super cool though, and totally free. Kids can choose from three different camps at most Southland Apple stores: Beat Making and Songwriting with GarageBand, Telling Stories with Clips, or Coding with Sphero Robots. Each camp focuses on something different, and campers finish with a new work of tech art, plus an Apple Camp T-shirt, on which to collect badges for camps completed.
Beat Making and Songwriting with GarageBand:
Kids learn to create their own stories as they discover the magic of beat making and songwriting. Campers start by exploring basic elements of song structure and how beats create the foundation of a song, then get hands-on creating music using Touch Instruments, adding vocals, and fine-tuning their creations with GarageBand on iPad. On day 3, everyone shares songs with the group.
Telling Stories with Clips:
Kids can turn their ideas into real movies in this three-day camp. Future filmmakers explore the creative process using video, photos, and music. Campers brainstorm and storyboard their ideas, then capture short videos, edit and enhance shots with graphics and filters, and add opening and closing titles in the Clips app on iPad. On the final day, campers present their video stories.
Coding with Sphero Robots:
Kids get an interactive introduction to the fundamentals of coding using Sphero robots. Each day Campers learn a new coding concept and practice problem-solving skills. They partner up to program their Sphero to change colors, create sounds, complete challenges, and more, as well as applying their coding skills to design their own games.
Remember, these camps definitely won't last long, so hurry up and sign up while you can to give your kid an amazing and FREE opportunity this summer!
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