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The great indoors: technology based summer camps

Technically Speaking

“I like to play indoors ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” —Fourth-grader from Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.” (2005)

There was a time when “summer camp” meant activities like camping, swimming and hiking. Children benefit from meeting and playing with other children — this helps them develop important social skills. But these benefits can also be attained from children attending summer camps that are geared toward math, science and technology. Read on to find information on some interesting “indoor,” technology-based summer camps available this year.

The City of Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology to offer a Museum Science Camp. This one-week camp offers kids hands-on activities from a variety of scientific fields including physics, geology and space. Fun activities, special presentations and exciting games make for a week filled with science and technology fun.

The MOST offers this program in two, five-day sessions: June 25 to 29 and Aug. 20 to 24. Camps run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Learn more online.

The City Parks and Recreation Department offers a Robotics camp in conjunction with Syracuse University. In this one-week program kids get to build Lego Mindstorms NXT robots. This camp promises an exciting week of computer programming, Lego-Robot building fun. This camp is for children ages 10 to 13 and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 to 10.

Information for all youth camps provided through The City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department can be found online.

Other technology-based camp options include the Video Game Creation and Chess Camp programs being offered by the USA Chess organization at Christian Brothers Academy this summer.

Children learn the steps involved in building and designing video games in the Video Game Creation camp. The week begins by learning programming basics and ends with the campers being well-versed in many of the techniques needed to design and develop their very own games. This camp is for children ages 8 to 15.

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