At Swarthmore College tech summer camps like Digital Media Academy allow your kids to truly experience a pre-collegiate atmosphere. Why not turn it into a family vacation? Parents can visit nearby Philadelphia, historic Independence Mall, dine in the exquisite “Old City” section and adventure to world famous scenic wonderland of Longwood Gardens. It’s a perfect opportunity for the entire family.
DMA’s tech camps for kids and teens are once again on Swarthmore College. Each camp features hands-on learning experiences, kids use cutting edge technology and learn robotics, 3D modeling, animation, video production, game design, graphics and much more.
Digital Media Academy has industry experienced experts to instruct your kids in all digital design fields at all age levels. Give them the opportunity to get a leg up on the competition by completing these top rated courses and exposing them to the most cutting edge computer applications and equipment. In Digital Media Academy’s summer camps teens ages 13 to 18 use state-of-the-art software, Apple computers and Canon video cameras—the same equipment professionals in the field use.
Kids age 6-12 have access to all the same technology, including their own Apple workstation. Younger campers also have the opportunity to enjoy recreation and summer camp outdoor fun that emphasizes team building and creating lasting friendships. It’s so fun kids come back to year after year.
“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.