UCM Offers Kids The Opportunity to Build Technology This Summer
Do you have a child that loves technology? One that's asking how did they make this video game? How did they make this app? Or how do they get my computer to do what it does? If so, you might want to send your kid to one of the University of Central Missouri's computer science camps this summer.
The camps designed for kids ages 8 to 14 will be held in one week sessions, available from June 7 through August 6 with three hour classes offered during either the morning or afternoon.
According to UCM, "The computer science summer camps include topics such as video game design and animation, programming, coding and YouTube content creation. Examples of popular upcoming courses are Minecraft Animators, Roblox Makers and YouTube Content Creators, Python Programmers, Make Your First Video Game, Young Authors and eSports Apprentice-Streamers and Gamers."
The University has partnered with Black Rocket online learning company to offer the online computer camps this summer. Black Rocket says the camps will feature live classes led by top teachers, small break out sessions with coaches and the opportunity for campers to participate in their wider Creator Corps community.
Cost of the camps seem to range from $135 to $169 dollars per session, and the University says the offerings are designed to educate kids in an engaging and safe environment while reducing isolation through interactive activities with live online teachers.
I'll tell you what, a lot of what these kids will learn in these camps will serve them well in the future. If you had told me when I bought my first computer that I'd be working for a digital-first radio company having to work with apps, write articles for blogs, and that digital technology would be a big part of my job as a DJ and Director of Content. I don't know if I would have believed you.
Yet here we are. So I think if your kid is interested in this stuff. Get him or her hooked now. It could lead to a career down the road. Or at least a fun summer week using the family computer to build something neat. Seems win win to me.