Mediatechâ€™s Programming Camp for Kids, 2010
See pictures from last year’s session, here.
SESSION 1: August 2-6 (Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to noon)
SESSION 2: August 9-13 (Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM to noon)
ABOUT THE CAMP: Mediatechâ€™s Programming Camp for Kids is a one-week, morning camp for children aged 6-15 years of age designed to introduce the principles of creating digital content. The objective is to give participants an open-ended environment where they can develop and then apply their digital creativity skills. Enrollment is limited to 14 on a first-come, first-served basis, and no experience is necessary. Participants are asked to come with their own USB flash drive to store work. A $10/day payment is requested, but is not mandatoryâ€”this is a suggested donation. The camp curriculum has been designed by Warren Buckleitner, and is will be taught by volunteers with the help of two teenage counselors.Â Parents are encouraged to visit to observe or help.
Call 908-284-2006 from 3 to 5 PM. The suggested donation is $10/day, or $50 for the week. Donations are optional — no child will be omitted based on income.
WHAT WILL MY CHILD LEARN? The curriculum is based around MITâ€™s Scratch language (http://scratch.mit.edu), which will be used to create multimedia presentations that will be demonstrated at the end of the week. Each child will progress at his or her own pace. Â Scratch is a visual language that introduces basic yet powerful programming concepts, such as recursion, if/then commands, debugging, backing up work and writing.
ABSENTEE POLICY: If your child cannot make a day, please let us know. It is especially important that your child attends the special session on Friday.
BEHAVIOR: All members are expected to abide by Mediatechâ€™s acceptable use policy.Â Children who break this policy, as determined by the supervisor, will first have their parents contacted, and then will be asked to leave the class. A copy of this policy is posted on the bulletin board, and at www.mediatech.org.
REPEATING THE SECOND WEEK: Because space is limited, preference will be given to children who have not already had a chance to participate in the first week. If space permits, children in the first week will be allowed to enroll in the second week as well.
COUNSELORS: Two or three high school or college-age students will serve as the counselors, to help with programming and providing individual support.
FRIDAY DEMO DAY:Â At 10:30 on Friday (the last day) participants will demonstrate his or her work, showing off completed projects on the big screen. At this time, each student will be presented with a certificate of completion. Anyone is welcome to come and celebrate your childâ€™s accomplishments.
PAYMENT: There is a $10/day suggested donation (or $50 for the entire week). You can drop off $10 on a session-by-session basis in the donation jar, or send in a check for $50, made out to â€œMediatech Foundationâ€ with your child.Â Fees are used to pay the coaches and purchase a light snack and juice for the morning break. Any extra goes into Mediatechâ€™s general fund. Mediatech is a non-profit organization.
SUGGESTED MATERIALS TO BRING
â€¢ A portable flash drive to store projects. Mediatech is not responsible for this drive in any way, so if your childâ€™s progress gets erased, it is their responsibility. We will make every effort to help them keep a backup version however, to avoid disasters.
â€¢ A laptop with wireless Internet access. If you have a laptop (Mac or Windows) that your child can use, please feel free to bring it. You should pre-install Scratch from http://scratch.mit.edu
â€¢ Dress casually, for warm summer weather. Mediatech is air-conditioned, however.
In order to run the class; we need to have a parent present at all times. You are welcome to come with your child and help him/her program. If you can serve, please call use at 908-284-2006 and tell us which days work for you.
DROPOFF: Parents are asked to drop off their children at 9:30 am, and enter through the Maple Avenue entrance.Â If you need the elevator (or have a stroller) you can come through the front library entrance and use the elevator.
PICKUP: Please pick up your child promptly at 12:00 noon from the Maple Avenue entrance. If youâ€™d like to arrive a few minutes earlier, you can park either on Maple Ave. or on Main Street, and walk up the steps to greet your child.
9:30 Programming and instruction period.
10:30 Light snack or refreshment, provided in the courtyard.
10:45 Movie (optional) in the community room. Weâ€™ll be showing videos of other childrenâ€™s programming projects as well as some science-related movies. Children will have the choice of working on their projects or viewing the movie.
12:00 noon: Pickup. Note that Mediatech stays open following the camp. Children are welcome to stay and continue working on their projects.
MEDIA RELEASE:Â As part of this camp, your child may generate ideas, video or photographic materials that may be posted publicly, online.Â All of these materials will be created under Creative Commons copyright guidelines, found at www.creativecommons.org.Â This means that your childâ€™s work may be used by others with attribution. In addition, it is possible that your childâ€™s voice, name, age, photo or a video of your child might be posted either on Mediatechâ€™s web site and or on a public site such as www.mit.scatch.com or www.youtube.com. If you have any problem with this, please let us know prior to starting the course.
Personal Information Release Form
As part of this form your child may generate ideas in the form of programming code, video or photographic images, that may be posted online.Â These materials will be posted using a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, using guidelines found at www.creativecommons.org.Â Part of this includes listing your childâ€™s name or screen name as the author of this work.
While we will make every attempt to teach children the basics about how to create an anonymous screen name, and how to keep personal information safe, and we pledge to prevent the distribution of any personal identifying information such as your childâ€™s name and age, it is possible that your childâ€™s voice, name, age, photo or a video of your child might be posted online in some form such as on Mediatechâ€™sÂ web site (www.mediatech.org) for use in promotional materials or presentation, a documentary, a newspaper article, and or on a public site such as www.mit.scatch.com or www.youtube.com.
By participating in this class, you release the Mediatech Foundation from any legal liability that could result from release of such information. Please acknowledge that you have read this and understand it fully, by completing the following:
Name of Child (children) participating in the course:
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Please return to the supervisor desk, Mediatech Foundation 120 Main Street 2nd floor, Flemington, NJ 08822Â 908-284-2006