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Local tech camp gives kids edge in digital world

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It’s mid-July and traditional summer camps are in full swing. But, some campers are trading in canoes and crafts for computers. ID Tech Camps are in session all over the country and there’s one in Atlanta on the Emory University Campus. It’s a tech camp offering instruction in programming, app development, robotics engineering, game design and other computer related sciences.

Instructor manager Harrison Edmonds says the camp is a good way to make up for areas of computer science where schools are falling short. “Our goal is getting kids interested and excited about computer science, robotics, web design.” says Edmonds. He also says that often their courses can count toward school credits. And for the older students, the programming skills they learn can actually lead to job placement.

One camper, a 17-year-old who goes by the name “Jack,” says he’s gone to the camp for three years. “It’s definitely something you can put on your resume. If looking for a job, you can mention you have previous programming experience.” Edmonds agrees and says that the programming languages they learn at the camp are the same ones he uses while completing his own college coursework.

ID Tech Camps use the Science Technology Engineering and Math or STEM spectrum for their programs. They promise an instructor to student ratio of one to eight and they provide state of the art computers and equipment to work on. They say they have received some computer donations from technology companies, but campers help foot the bill as well. A one week day camp costs about eight hundred dollars. They also offer overnight camps and even two-week camps. They welcome campers ages seven to seventeen.

ID Tech Camps has a website, IDTech.com or you can find more information by calling 1-888-709-TECH (8324).

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