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Camps

We offer virtual and studio STEM camps, from coding to robotics and AI.  Register here to join us during school breaks!

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Camp Details

Summer camps will be offered in two formats: virtual or studio with precautions to ensure safety.  Virtual camps will take place in one of 3 virtual classrooms and will be limited to 5 students. In person, we are limiting enrollment to 10.  Computers will be distanced and assigned for the week and students must wear masks except when eating.  We may increase camp sizes based on safety.

 

Cost: Price ranges from $225 - $499 depending on format and length.  In Lakeway, the cost is $275 for members and $299 for non-members.

Location: MCP Studio at 3616 Far West Blvd in Austin, TX or Virtual classrooms sent after enrollment.  Specific camps are also being offered at Lakeway Activity Center!  Choose Youth Summer Camps to see the list!

Cancellation Policy: Full payment is required to reserve your child's seat.  A 50% refund is available if cancelling before the first day.  Cancellations or changes on or after the first day of camp are not eligible for a refund but credit can be applied to future programs.

We may cancel camps that do not meet the minimum enrollment of 3 students.  In that case, we would move students to a similar camp, or a full refund will be offered.  

Age: Recommendations are established due to typing skills and prior exposure to relevant topics that will make the experience positive.  All ages above the minimum are welcome, and students will be grouped accordingly.  You can request enrollment if your child does not meet the minimum..

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Recommended Ages

Our recommended ages are established so that students can be comfortable and successful with limited parental support.  We have welcomed age 6 students but find that they generally struggle to keep up with reading and motor skills.  Age 7 camps do not require light typing and mainly involve use of drag-and-drop block coding, if any.  Camps with a minimum age of 8 require more typing or would be more beneficial with some block coding experience.  

 
Registration

All the Register buttons will take you to our Customer Portal, where you should create an account to enroll in any of our camps.  You will receive an e-mail a few days before the start date with details about how to join.

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Chess Champion

This camp will focus on the fundamentals of chess including strategies for the beginning, middle and endgame.  Develop their skills through puzzles, lessons and games against other students.  This camp is designed for beginners and those new to chess that want to improve their skills.

​This camp will be 1.5 hours a day where students will play chess in groups, play group games, and be coached on their moves. 

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Confident Keyboarding

Ages 7-18, let's learn some keyboarding skills!  Keyboarding is a lifelong skill that requires practice to get faster and improve dexterity and accuracy.  It's also fun to race and improve your personal time.  Join us for 2 hours a day for a week as we introduce your student to the hows and whys of learning to type!   

Students will be introduced to touch-typing skills through the use of classroom instruction and online tools, with a focus on finger placement, posture and accuracy.  Students will play fun typing games to reinforce proper technique.

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Great Graphics

Students will have fun engaging their artistic side in our Digital Art camp!  Create and edit images, shapes, and text, and learn how to make photo collages, use selection tools, filters, digital brushes and more!  This is an introduction to photo editors and visual communication, solving visual problems with digital solutions.  Add to your portfolio every day to show friends and family.

 

Throughout the course, students will establish proficiency with the photo editor interface and tools, and will gain an understanding of file formats, color management, image resolution, and pixel depth for differing output needs.  They will learn about texturing, compositing, and various effects that can be applied when creating and manipulating images.

10+

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Dec 20-23

$179

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Grand Games (Scratch)

Scratch is a color-coded, block-based programming language that exposes students to basic coding constructs in a creative, engaging way. Beginner students will develop typing skills, reading comprehension, game/art creation, as well as critical computational thinking. The artistic and youth-friendly aspect of Scratch will allow students to build fun animations and games, keep scores, change backdrops, create colorful characters, and other artwork.

 

They will also learn coding and math concepts such as events, loops, variables, random numbers, and the coordinate system. Through application and practice, students will become proficient in the fundamentals of programming. 

7+

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Nov 22-24

Dec 20-23

$399

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Rockin Roblox

Learn game design and coding with Roblox, a popular tool where creativity and imagination are limitless!  Code with drag-and-drop blocks and make your own version of your favorite Roblox games.  Learn LUA programming concepts and take Roblox to the next level by applying loops, conditionals, variables and arrays.  Students will make professional quality games that they can play with friends and family! 

8+

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Dec  27-30

$179

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Wonderful Web I

This camp introduces the cool web technologies of HTML and CSS that form web pages!   Learn techniques to design and build a basic web page with animated graphics and learn about the underlying frameworks and scripting languages that can power websites.  Examples of projects include a greeting card, a recipe, and a custom page relating to the student’s interest such as cars and sports. The Javascript programming language will be introduced but not explored in depth until Wonderful Web II. 

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Wonderful Web II

In the second edition of Wonderful Web, students will add some muscle to their previously created websites with Javascript. Students will have already learned HTML5/CSS in Wonderful Web I, providing a backbone upon which they will continue learning.

 

Javascript is the most popular language for web development. This allows websites to have more functionality, interactivity, and purpose. With Javascript, students will learn how to make a dynamic website or game that they can actually play with instead of making one they can only view or read. In addition to making something creative, students will be taught coding concepts such as variables, objects, arrays, if statements, loops, and functions.

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Minecraft Mania (Lua)

ComputerCraft is a modification for Minecraft that’s all about computer programming. It allows students to build in-game Computers and Turtle Robots, writing programs for Minecraft using the Lua programming language. By learning how to program computers in ComputerCraft, students gain extra control over their Minecraft worlds and can create new and exciting things.  

 

This mod allows you to build fully-functioning computers inside your Minecraft world, then use those computers much like you use a real computer. Students can play games and program the robots to carry out actions, such as mining, farming, crafting and protecting them against monsters, while learning basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditional statements.  

 

This class requires the purchase of Minecraft Java edition on a PC or Mac.  ComputerCraft should be downloaded; instructions will be sent the day before class starts.

8+

Virtual

Dec 20-23

$225

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Minecraft Magic (Java)

Minecraft is a lot of fun.  However, it is more engaging, entertaining, and educational when kids learn how to build mods—small programs that let users modify game elements and add content. This introductory class teaches kids and parents how to create mods of different types, using the Minecraft Forge modding tool. No programming experience is needed.

 

​Students will not only build some amazing mods, but they will also learn how to work with Java, the same programming language that Minecraft uses. 

 

This class requires the purchase of Minecraft Java edition on a PC or Mac.  Forge should be downloaded;  instructions will be sent the day before class starts.

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Math In Action

“How long will it take me to fly to Japan?” “How many possible chess moves are there?” “How does Mario jump on Goombas’ heads?” Welcome to Math in Action, where we seek to answer these questions and many more! What separates Math in Action from your typical math class is we are all about demonstration! Instead of worksheets and tests, we utilize projects and experiments to teach math concepts in a fun and engaging way. Topics covered will range from Pre-Algebra to the introduction of basic Trigonometry. By the end of the program, students will have a much deeper understanding of math and be able to apply to real-world problems and computer programming. Please join us as we deepen our understanding of the world around us through math!

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Marvelous Mobile

This course will teach app building for Android-based mobile phones and tablets using MIT App Inventor - a visual programming environment that will raise your kids from the status of technology consumer to technology creator. Apps are created by simple drag and drop features instead of the regular and more complex coding environment. Students can bring their own Android device or use the Android phones that will be provided. 

 

Attendees will learn useful features such as how the app uses the camera, voice recognition, and language translation. User interface components like buttons, sliders, and notifications will also be created. There are over 22 million apps in the library of MIT App Inventor, created by 400,000 unique monthly users from 195 countries!

 

This camp has the potential for an endless amount of projects.

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Amazing AI

Curious about AI and machine learning?  This camp introduces artificial intelligence and explores definitions and concepts in this exciting and growing field.  Students will train machine learning models to recognize text, numbers, images, or sounds. This builds on introductory coding concepts, by adding models to educational coding platforms Scratch and App Inventor, and helping students create projects and build games with the machine learning models they train.

 

Concepts covered:

  • Algorithms

  • Data processing

  • Classification

  • Machine learning

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Winning Wearables

This camp introduces students to coding by creating fun projects such as watches and step counters. Students will learn about the Internet of Things using Micro:bit. This camp is designed for kids and beginners and is non-intimidating for new programmers. Students will take home their wearables!

 

Topics covered:

  • Micro:bit interface

  • Understanding basic Hardware

  • Building machines

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Java Jam

For students who have had some coding experience, this is an introduction to object-oriented programming.  Learn about topics like polymorphism, classes, abstraction, and inheritance.  Students will put these into practice by building engaging applications. Did you know that Minecraft was created using only Java? Students will have the ability to create their own games such as tic-tac-toe, endless runner and many more exciting projects.

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Racing Robots

This camp introduces students to building, controlling, and playing with Robots! In our course, we will be using Ozobot Evo and Makeblock mBot brand robots. The robots are controlled from an easy to learn block-based coding platform. Students will learn basic coding constructs such as event-handling and conditionals; and the process of manipulating and directing their robot with gears, motors, and electricity.

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Python Party

Python is often thought to be the best first typed language for beginners to learn!  Not only is this language easy to learn, it is commonly used in the professional technology world to achieve a wide variety of results such as website development, machine learning, game creation, and data science/analytics. Learn to use loops, counters, conditionals, and other basic coding constructs. Python is the real deal, favored by companies such as Instagram, YouTube, and Spotify.  We will introduce algorithmic or computational thinking that will help students solve problems logically before coding.

 

Concepts covered:

  • Navigating a code editor

  • Turtle, a library of code to help generate graphic art

  • Basic coding concepts

8+

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Nov 22-24

Dec 27-30

$149

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