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Finding a Balanced Summer Camp: Technology and the Outdoors

What happens when a kid that loves skateboarding or surfing combines those outdoor activites with a filmmaking summer camp? Traditional summer camp + tech summer camp = FUN!

What are you looking for in a summer camp for your kids? One concern of parents sending children to computer-based summer camps is how active the experience will be. Will the whole day be spent in front of the computer? How can I balance my child’s interest in technology with my desire for them to have a physically active summer camp experience?

One option is to sign up separately for computer-based summer camps and for sports summer camps. The costs, however, can add up quickly. Digital Media Academy offers a summer camp alternative.  The solution is to consider summer camp programs that balance the two areas with very unique experiences.

Students looking to combine an interest in film making with an interest in skateboarding can participate in a weeklong summer camp with Digital Media Academy called Skateboarding and Filmmaking. Teens visit three skate parks and receive instruction from experts while also capturing the action on film. In a state of the art classroom studio, students learn to edit and integrate special effects to create a skateboarding video. This summer camp will be offered at University of California San Diego – UCSD in La Jolla from August 3-7, at Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay Area from July 20-24.  Families have the option of enrolling kids for day camp, or the residential sleepover summer camp option to stay in the dorms.  (This is a great pre-college experience for kids, especially kids travelling to the United States for an American summer camp experience!)

For the first time this summer, Digital Media Academy is also offering a Surfing and Filmmaking summer camp at UCSD for both teens and kids. Students improve surfing skills and create a video. The summer camp will be offered four times, beginning the weeks of July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, in partnership with the La Jolla Surf Camp, parent company of Surf Divas.

For enrollment now, please visit our registration page:  Digital Media Academy Summer Camp

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Kids Learning Pro Web Design at Age 10! Technology Classes + Computer Camp for Kids

“Wow! That animation looks great! Ok. Now we’re going to take the animated Flash movie you just created and you are going to import it into Dreamweaver on your web page. Let’s all do this together! Ready?”

I am right in the middle of another great Digital Media Adventures course for kids at Stanford: Web Design and Flash. We are taking an in depth look at the Adobe Creative Suite applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Flash. We are on the third day of the five-day course at Stanford University. My class just got back into the classroom from playing a crazy game of Slaughter Ball. It sounds scary, but it’s a lot of fun. Sort of like Dodge Ball. The kids in my class are a little out of breath from playing ball, but that’s to be expected at a summer camp. They came running in and jumped (literally) in their seats excited about their Flash movies they created just before the break.

While the kids are experiencing all the fun of a summer camp, they are also getting an unbelievable learning experience. That’s what makes this the full summer computer camp experience. They are learning the same pro applications we are teaching across the Stanford campus in our adult web design courses. The professional Adobe applications like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Flash are the real deal! The kids pick up the technology so fast. That makes it really fun to teach. It’s interesting how much better kids interact with technology they have grown up with their whole life.

Earlier in the week, the kids in my class had already designed and created their own logo and company business card design. Their custom business card had their picture from a photograph taken in the class. The graphics and effects they created turned out amazing. They had learned the ins and outs of the Adobe software and were creating a matching website to go with their cards and logo. They were now adding an animated movie they created in Flash to spice up their website design.

In the next three classrooms I can faintly hear the other Adventures classes. The kids in 3d video Game Design course are screaming about some new level they created trying to destroy their enemy. From the Robotics and Programming class I can hear cheers of two robots racing. I see the Film, Digital Movie Making and Effects class go by with all their cameras, mics, lights, and scripts to go act, film, and direct their next scene. I wish I’d been exposed to this when I was this age! This computer camp is the real deal.

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