Minecraft, Coding, Digital Design

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Coding for Girls

Note: Coding for Girls is a full-day program and does not transition to Day Camp.

In Coding for Girls campers learn the basics of computer programming, computer science, and robotics through fun and creative activities. The goal is for young girls to discover and foster a love for technology. We will use tools like the Blockley programming language to learn how to solve problems and to use code to interact with the real world. No experience is necessary to join this camp!

Grades: 1-3
Dates: June 15-19
Time:
9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $500
Note: Campers should bring headphones or earbuds with them daily


Lavner Camps

Our friends at Lavner have even more awesome camps available this year at Germantown Academy!

3D Innovation & Design with Minecraft Camp

3D Minecraft Camp is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced campers with separate curricula for all three levels. Campers may attend one week or multiple weeks, and move up in curricula each week!

At Minecraft™ Camp, utilize your creativity, learn and improve your skills, and work individually or collaboratively in an exclusive virtual world on our private servers.In addition to designing and building, we take camper experience to the next level by teaching lessons in:

• Installing and using mods

• Survival & scratch crafting recipes

• Using redstone & electrical circuits

• Game design and minigames

• Working with multiplayer servers

• Competition skills in weekly Minecraft™ tournaments!

Our private servers allow campers to work together on projects, creating a fun and dynamic group environment.On Fridays campers participate in weekly tournaments! The excitement is off the charts!This camp is open to campers of all levels.Campers are grouped based upon age, ability, and group requests which can be made prior to camp.

Grades: 2-7
Dates: June 15-19; July 13-17; August 3-7
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $599/week

Minecraft Camp: World Builder & Competitions

Minecraft™ World Builder is for campers with Minecraft™ experience who want to delve deeper into intermediate/advanced gameplay and map construction in Minecraft™. While working on private multiplayer servers, campers can take their skills to the next level and have a blast collaborating fun projects in a social setting.

Each day campers will be presented with a new survival challenge and a new construction goal. Campers will have to band together and diversify in order to pull through and succeed in survival challenges. Similarly, campers will need to take on roles and be organized in order to meet construction goals in creative. Campers can become, builders, organizers, planners, and coordinators. Campers can also plan together and work individually and later join their structures together.

On Thursdays and Fridays campers build minigames and participate in weekly tournaments!

Campers are grouped based upon age, ability, and group requests which can be made prior to camp.

Grades: 5-8
Dates: June 29 - July 2; July 20-24
Time:
9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $609/week

Roblox Camp with Game Design & Competitions

With over 90 million monthly users worldwide, Roblox is one of the fastest growing digital game development platforms! Roblox lets users quickly and easily create a huge variety of fun games with limitless creativity. In our Roblox Camp, you can learn how to design, customize, and code your very own Roblox games!

Build the ultimate Obby. At Roblox Camp, campers design and create their own 3D worlds. With choices of many different templates, campers can select their type of world and customize the environment. At the end of the week, campers go home with 1-2 customized, ready to play Roblox games!

Roblox Camp is open to campers who are beginners, intermediates, and advanced in Roblox. Campers are grouped based upon age and ability, and group requests can be made prior to camp.

Campers are required to arrive with their own Roblox account for a PC that they are free to create. If your child does not have a Roblox account, it can be created at Roblox.com. Campers should bring in a USB flash drive on their last day of the camp week to copy their project(s) onto for use at home.

Grades: 2-7
Dates: June 22-26; July 6-10; July 20-24; July 27-31
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $599

Engineering Camp with littleBits - Invent and Code

Have you ever wondered what’s happening inside devices like computers, phones, and TVs or wanted to invent and build your own electronics? Join us for Engineering with littleBits to make inventions come to life! Learn about electricity, circuits, and programming while building with electronic blocks to create amazing projects. No prior experience required!

We’ll start off by teaching you the basics: the function of each bit, how to create a circuit, and how to program the powerful code-bit. Next, we’ll guide you through building some awesome projects like an electric guitar, a tug of war game, or a programmable car. Finally, we’ll give you the chance to be creative and make your own invention or adapt one of ours. Create something new and share it with the rest of the camp at the end of the week!

An engineering showcase and fun competitions take place on Fridays.

Grades: 1-5
Dates: June 15-19; July 13-17
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $579

Coding Camp with MIT Scratch

Welcome to the amazing world of next generation coding, a fun and exciting camp, where campers gain hands on experience with computer science! Campers use Scratch, a program created by the MIT Media Lab, to code, create, and share projects. Campers code from the backend to create character actions in addition to establishing entire interactive adventures and stories.

At our 2020 Coding Camps, we set up the next generation of coders for success. With our expertly designed curriculum and 20+ hours of coding instruction, we go far deeper than an after school club or hour of code program, and have tons of fun at the same time!

Scratch uses a custom programming language that is easy to understand. By moving and combining blocks of code, campers develop their own programs and create super-cool animation projects. Campers can make their animations unique by designing their character’s appearances, adding unique background images and sounds, and programming their characters to dance, sing, and talk, in addition to other endless possibilities!

No prior experience is necessary.

Grades: 1-5
Dates: June 29-July 2; July 6-10;
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $549/week

Computer Programming Camp with Python

Our 2020 Python™ Coding Camps are packed with NEW Projects!This camp is great for beginner, intermediate and advanced campers.

Did you know that sites like YouTube®, Google, and Instagram™ are coded using Python™? If you want to create your own app to share your vision and innovations with the world, then it’s time for you to start learning Python™! Python™ is one of the fastest growing programming languages in use today. It’s simple syntax makes it easier to read and learn than other programming languages, making it an ideal choice for beginner programmers.

During the camp week you get to create at least one mini project and one main project. Mini projects may include a Magic 8 Ball, a Joke Telling Machine, a Smart Calendar, or a Fortune Teller Game. Main Camp Projects may include a unique and creative Text Based Adventure Game, a Snake Game, or a Quiz Game!

Grades: 5-8
Dates: June 22-26; July 6-10; July 27-31
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $649

Computer Programming Camp with Java

Java is a popular programming software that is used on billions of devices worldwide. Coding Camp with Java immerses campers in a range of skills and project-based learning. Campers learn about the logic and syntax of Java™ programs, while sharpening their skills in planning, problem solving, and, of course… computer programming. During the camp week Java campers get to create at least one mini project and one main project. Mini projects may include an automatic sentence generator, a magic 8 ball, a silly name generator, a coin flipping simulator, a pig latin translator, or a pig dice game. Main Camp Projects may include a tower defense, a tic tac toe game, a quiz game, superpong, a platformer game, a calculator, or a graphical choose your own adventure game!

By utilizing Eclipse as a Java™ IDE, campers learn how to print text onto the computer screen, use conditional statements and loops, and receive input from the user. These newly acquired skills allow campers to create a text based action adventure game and other projects. As campers progress, they take a step up and explore the world of Graphics in Java™, which provides wonderful visuals to camper projects. By utilizing the AWT graphics library, campers code fully functional graphics into their applications and make impactful choices as the programmer and project designer!

*No prior programming experience is required, but previous background in Scratch or another programming language and a basic understanding of Algebra is encouraged.

Grades: 5-8
Dates: July 13-17; August 3-7
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $649

Digital Rock Band Camp with Music Videos

Join a digital Rock Band with your fellow campers and collaborate on original songs and recording, editing, and creating a music video! Along the way, you will also do daily remixes and mashups of popular songs to learn the “secret sauce” of what goes into making a hit.

During the week, learn how some of the world’s top recording artists achieved success without ever entering an actual music studio. Using recording and editing software along with drum pads, digital keyboards, and microphones, you and your rock band will have the opportunity to create, mix, and produce your own songs, and remix and mashup current hits. Once your original song is complete, record and edit your song into a music video, complete with green screens and other special effects, and design a custom t-shirt and poster to promote your band!

In Digital Rock Band Camp:

• Learn how to write a song. From developing a melody and a verse-chorus-bridge structure, to writing lyrics, to choosing the key, tempo, and instrumentation, discover what goes into creating a hit song.

• Work with your fellow campers and your instructor to digitally record your new song.

• Use microphones and real instruments, or create your music digitally. Either way, you can make a hit!

• Create, film, and edit a music video for your song, using green screens, props, and special effects.

• Remix or mashup hit songs using digital audio software.

• Design a custom tshirt and custom poster to promote your new band.

No prior music experience necessary. While we provide keyboards, drum pads, and microphones, no formal music instrument instruction is provided as part of this camp. You may also bring an instrument from home to include in your song and/or video, if you prefer.

Please allow 2-4 weeks from the last day of the camp week to receive your custom t-shirt and poster by mail.

Grades: 2-5
Dates: June 22-26
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $599

Digital Music Production Camp with Music Videos

The trends of modern music are changing. In recent years, musicians and DJs have seen songs they created digitally in their bedrooms or classrooms streamed millions, even billions, of times. In Digital Music Production Camp, learn how some of the world’s top recording artists achieved success without ever entering an actual music studio. Using professional recording and editing software along with digital keyboards, drum pads, and microphones, campers will have the opportunity to create, mix, and produce their own hit songs, as well as strip down and remix or mashup current hits. Once your original song is complete, record and edit your song into a music video, complete with green screens and other special effects. You’ll even craft your own custom t-shirt and poster to promote your new music career!

In Digital Music Production Camp:

• Learn the art of songwriting from both a creative and technical aspect, and explore what makes a hit song.

• Discover how modern technology has enabled anybody to create and record their own music, even if you don’t know how to play an instrument and don’t have access to a professional recording studio.

• Remix or mashup hit songs using digital audio software.

• Create and record your own song. Use real instruments and microphones, or create your music digitally. Either way, you will be rocking out in no time!

• Mix and produce your song using a digital audio workstation.

• Create a music video for your song, using green screens and special effects.

• Design a custom t-shirt and poster to promote your new music career.

No prior music experience necessary. While we provide keyboards, drum pads, microphones, and headphones, no formal music instrument instruction is provided as part of this camp. You may also bring an instrument from home, or use our computers to create entirely digital music.

Please allow 2-4 weeks from the last day of the camp week to receive your custom t-shirt and poster by mail.

Grades: 5-8
Dates: July 27-31
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $619

Graphic Design - Custom Vans Shoes, Hats, & Socks

Express Yourself. Whether you’re ollying, catching a wave, or skiing a black diamond, it’s always important to trust your skills. At Graphic Design camp, you’ll build the skills and self-confidence to help make your ideas come to life. Craft original ideas while learning in-demand tech computer skills by creating your very own apparel. Each week, campers create designs that are then sized and printed on custom Vans shoes, hats, and socks!

Boost Your Skills.Campers master graphic design software and proper technical skills to craft projects that leave a lasting impression. It’s also a great time for campers to discover if they have a passion for marketing, project management, or communication!

More Than A Design.Campers manage the entire brand process, including creating beta concepts, selecting a brand name, finding the right look and feel of the brand, and ensuring their brand’s consistency across all their products.

Get Organized. Campers learn how to manage their time by creating a schedule, setting project goals, and executing their own design plan. These organizational skills help to give campers an advantage in the school year and beyond!

National Competition. Campers have the opportunity to submit their design to our national competition. A winner will be announced at the end of the summer and will receive a trophy and certificate!

Be a Trendsetter.With the focus on an apparel line, campers look to create a hip new concept that establishes his or her brand as a trendsetter in the market.

Campers can also register for and create unique items each week.

Get Cool Swag.Campers receive a pair of white Custom Vans Shoes along with a one-of-a-kind hat and custom socks, all with their designs. (Please allow approximately 2-4 weeks from the last day of the camp week to receive this apparel by mail).

Want to make more cool swag? Campers can also register for two of our other awesome Graphic Design Camps – and create unique items each week Graphic Design Camp – Custom Vans Shoes, Hats, & Socks

We provide design guidelines for shoe designs.If a design does not follow the sizing guidelines, it may be amended by the printer so they print properly on the shoes.

Grades: 3-7
Dates: June 15-19
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $619

Graphic Design - Custom Hoodies & Phone Cases

Express Yourself. Custom Hoodie? Check. Phone? Check. Custom Phone Case? Check. Let’s Go!

Express your creativity and learn practical and technical design skills to create your own custom brand and awesome apparel. Craft cool design concepts, make a portfolio, and add your favorite designs to your very own custom hoodie and phone case.

Learn Some Serious Skill. Master graphic design software. Learn about ideating a brand, visual communication, how to convey stories and ideas through illustration, the technical design skills to bring everything to life, and how to appeal to a mass market.

Be Bold. Be You.With the focus on an apparel line, campers look to create a hip new concept that establishes their brand as a trendsetter in the market. Create a brand that’s unique, fun, and totally you!

Communication is Key. Graphic designers are visual storytellers and aim to effectively communicate a brand’s mission, philosophies, and story with consumers.

Nationwide Competition.On Friday, campers can create designs and submit them to our nationwide graphic design competition. The winner will receive a trophy and certificate at the end of the summer!

Custom Phone Cases. Turn one of your favorite photos into a customized phone case, or create a collage of your favorite photos for your phone case! Phone cases are available for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models. Please allow approximately 2-4 weeks from the last day of the camp week to receive your phone case by mail.

Want to make more cool swag? Campers can also register for two of our other awesome Graphic Design Camps – and create unique items each week.

Grades: 5-8
Dates: July 20-24
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $619

Filmmaking Camp

Lots of NEW Film Concepts & Project Ideas for Summer 2020!

Do YOU want to be in film? If so, Filmmaking Camp is for you! Welcome to the exciting world of Filmmaking where campers learn how to complete a film project from start to finish.Campers gain hands-on experience in many aspects of the Filmmaking process as they ideate and create a script, develop characters, rehearse lines, act, shoot footage, edit film using DaVinci Resolve, add special effects as desired, and produce a final copy of their work!

Filmmaking Camp is a combination of scripting, acting, directing, filming, editing, learning how to use green screens/special effects, and more! When starting out in film, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes, it is always important to understand and appreciate all aspects of production.At Filmmaking Camp, campers have the chance to experience many parts of the process!

Campers are placed in production groups and create at least one film project each week!

We welcome campers who are beginners, intermediates, and advanced in the world of filmmaking. Film camp can be a place to express yourself, work on creative writing skills, improve your acting skills, become more comfortable with public speaking, learn how to produce a film, work together as a team, and accomplish a project you can be proud of!

If time allows, campers may also create commercials and/or a blooper reel!

Join us for a totally unique and fun summer experience where campers are super-creative, challenged, and produce a final product they can be proud of and watch for years to come.

A Camp Film Festival and Film Screening takes place on Fridays at 2:30pm prior to our Red Carpet Event.

Please note, campers who do not wish to be in the actual film can still attend camp and assist in scripting, choreography, set creation, filming, directing, and editing!

Grades: 3-7
Dates: August 3-7
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Fee: $579