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What’s the most important criteria for choosing where to send your kids to summer day camp?
Aside from factors like cost and convenience, I especially want my kids to try something they don’t get to do during the school year. Summer is the only time of year when kids get the chance to become completely immersed in a new learning experience.
So this year I was over-the-moon excited to get the chance to send my kids to Level Up, a computer science and tech camp that offers programs across the country. Each week has a different focus like Minecraft-based problem solving, introduction to coding, video game design, creating an engaging YouTube channel, robotics and more. This kind of hands-on computer and tech teaching is definitely missing from their everyday activities.
Alright, so let’s be real. These camps are for 8 to 15-year-old kids which means they’re a fit for two of children. My 11-year-old son, to be completely honest, does not an extra push to become more engaged in science, technology and computers. He is SO PUMPED about these camps, you can’t even imagine. This will be a great chance for him to take an already established interest to the next level. There’s no doubt he will have a fantastic time and learn a ton.
My eight-year-old daughter, on the other hand . . . She gets good grades at school, plays all kinds of sports and has many friends. So she’s otherwise full of confidence, but consistently approaches math and science with a defeatist attitude. “I’m bad of math,” is a constant refrain whenever she needs help with her homework. Learning computer and tech skills like coding and programming is something that she would never have the courage to undertake on her own.
But she should! Because not only are these important skills in their own right, they also transcend beyond the computer. So I was so incredibly excited to see that Level Up also offers a week called Coding Girls (July 31 – Aug 4 at the Humber College camp in Toronto) to support leadership, entrepreneurship and empowerment for girls. Of course, girls can and do attend any session, but all-girls programs in areas that tend to be dominated by boys (like sports and tech) can be such a confidence-building experience for our daughters.
Ultimately, both boys and girls will learn:
- Problem solving
- Abstract reasoning
- Strategizing and critical thinking
- Modelling with math
- Attention to details and precision
- To look for patterns
- And so much more
Then again, the most important part of summer is that our kids have fun. And this camp definitely delivers that.
Using a banana to control Geometry Dash! How cool is that?
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