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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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Tips From DMA Pros: Building a Pong Video Game in Multimedia Fusion 2

In our Summer Digital Media Adventures Program for kids (9-13), we offer two Video Game Creation Programs. We cover several media and game-creation tools, and spend a lot of time in Multimedia Fusion 2. In this video, I’ll create a Pong Clone to show you the basics of MMF2′s interface. Unlike computer programming, MMF2 is more graphical and straightforward, and you can see direct results as you shape the game. Computer programming is much more abstract, but the basic concepts of programming are present in MMF2. In our Video Game Creation class, we teach students about game balancing and collaboration, and how to reach a deadline with a glitch-free game. In the advanced course, we go into how to manage games that quickly get very large, and how to build them well from the start. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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