- My daughter already knows how to use a computer. What will she learn by coming to your programs?
- Will my child be sitting at the computer all day?
- If my son wants to attend more than one week. Will he learn new things?
- Will my child be with campers his/her own age?
- Are criminal record checks done on instructors?
- How large are the groups?
- Will my child have to share a computer?
- My son just wants to build robots. Does he have to participate in outdoor activities too?
- Will my daughter be the only girl in the group?
- Will my child be able to make video games (or robots) on his/her own after a week at camp?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Will the software programs the campers learn to use work on a Mac Computer?
1. My daughter already knows how to use a computer. What will she learn by coming to your programs?
Computer Time: Most youth today are comfortable using computers and use them a lot. However, once homework is complete, most of their time on computers is spent instant messaging, checking in with friend at Facebook, watching YouTube videos, surfing the Internet or playing computer games.
At Artech we introduce them to ways to use new technologies creatively. They learn how to make video games, how robots are programmed to perform and how to produce and assemble animated films. Through this, they learn:
- Pre-programming and Logic Skills: They learn how to make video games and at the same time are acquiring early programming skills, developing mathematical and logic skills.
- Real World Applications: With robotics they learn how to problem solve, work on teams and apply technology to simulate real world challenges.
- New Ways of Communicating: With storytelling and animation children learn how to create dynamic and interactive animated stories. Incorporating new technologies with traditional storytelling allows for new forms of communication and interactions.
Artists and Engineers: Our instructors are drawn from a wide range of science, technology and fine art fields, such as computer science, visual arts, animation, video game design and engineering.
2. Will my child be sitting at the computer all day?
Complimentary Activities: Computer time is balanced with hands-on building and creative arts time.
Robot camps devote time to hands-on construction of robots and robotic challenges and competitions.
Claymation and animation activities include time for drawing, clay modeling, photography and filming, stage set design and construction. Film Festivals are held twice during each camp session.
Even Video Game Design campers take time for strategic game planning off computer. Much of the preliminary artwork for game characters and backgrounds is also done on paper. Two Games Tournaments are held each week and include a variety of games on and off computer.
Outdoor and Physical Activities are Important: After all – it’s summer! Activities include sketching, photography and games (varies from week to week, camp location and the weather).
3. If my son wants to attend more than one week. Will he learn new things?
Customized Curriculum: Our customizable curriculum is perfect for beginner and advanced campers alike. As campers advance our instructors continually introduce them to more intricate features and project challenges. Campers are challenged to stretch their creativity while gaining new and exciting technology skills.
Engaging and Fun: No two weeks are ever the same. Our programs are intentionally flexible. We embrace new technologies and new forms of creative expression.
Multiple Week Campers: Our sessions are designed so that children and youth attending multiple weeks will be learning something new at each session. As their skills progress more advanced campers are given more advanced challenges.
4. Will my child be with campers his/her own age?
Camp groups generally range in size from 6 campers to 14. Within each group sub groups often evolve.
Campers Grouped by Age and Ability: As much as possible camper sub groups are determined by age. Occasionally we will also look at ability when placing a camper in one group or another.
5. Are criminal record checks done on instructors?
Record Checks: All our instructors and volunteers are required to have up-to-date criminal record checks before they begin working at Artech.
References are Diligently Checked: We select instructors that have experience working with children or youth, in addition to experience and expertise in a relevant arts or technology field.
6. How large are the groups?
Seven-to-One Instructor to Camper Ratio: In order to ensure the highest level of instruction, we maintain an average of 7 campers per staff or better! This ensures that each camper is able to work at his or her own pace and gain the most from our programs.
7. Will my child have to share a computer?
A Computer for Each Camper: For any classes that require ongoing computer usage, such as Video Game Design, Animation or Photo Editing, each camper gets to work on their own computer.
8. My son just wants to build robots. Does he have to participate in outdoor activities too?
Activities: Within each program we schedule time for physical activities such as outdoor games. While we encourage all campers to partake in the scheduled activities, we are flexible. However, we do strictly enforce breaks from specialized activities.
Options: We will try and find something for your child to do during a scheduled break that he or she may not want to participate in. Some children enjoy being the group’s photographer or helping an Instructor set up for a session. Alternatively, the child can bring a book or sketch pad to use during break time.
9. Will my daughter be the only girl in the group?
Gender Balance: The social dynamics of each group is very important. Some programs tend to attract boys more than girls and vice versa.
We strive to have a balance of female to male instructors in our programs.
10. Will my child be able to make video games (or robots) on his/her own after a week at camp?
Home Computer: Our programs are set up so that campers will be able to use and practice their skills at home if they have a suitable computer and the requisite software. Most of the software programs we use are “PC friendly” and available at no or low cost.
Multiple Sessions: Ongoing instruction will foster further growth and development of your child’s abilities. A lot of what we teach is new material to our campers.
It’s like learning to play guitar, swimming or speaking Italian – time, practice and top quality instruction will maximize the learning experience.
11. What is your cancellation policy?
Health Reasons: If your child is unable to attend due to health reasons, a credit will be given towards another camp. The credit is good for one year.
Switching From One Camp Week to Another: Camper can opt to attend camp on a different week if space is available. There is no charge for this.
Camp Cancellation and Refunds: A full refund less administrative costs of $25 is refunded if cancellation notice is given at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the camp. No refunds are given after that. However, camper can opt to attend camp on a different week if space is available. There is no charge for this.
12. Will the software programs the campers learn to use work on a Mac Computer?
Mac Computers: Only some of the software programs we use are also available for Mac Computers.
Apple’s Boot Camp: If your Mac Computer runs Apple’s Boot Camp you will be able to use the same software on your Mac Computer!