Digital Harbor Foundation Launches Baltimore’s First MakerCamp

| June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Digital Harbor Foundation Launches Baltimore’s First MakerCamp
Children ages 7 to 18 to receive hands-on high-tech learning

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Baltimore, Md. (June 4, 2013)—Do you come home to find your son or daughter taking apart the family computer? Does your child expect you to explain the inner workings of your smartphone? There’s a summer camp just for them!

Registration is now open for The Digital Harbor Foundation’s 2013 Summer MakerCamps. Four, two-week hands-on sessions will offer children ages 7 – 18 the opportunity to understand and create the technological tools of today. Participants will experience cutting edge technology taking the world by storm all under the safe tutelage of expert counselors and instructors from the Maker Education Initiative, a brand new program launched by Make Magazine with support from Google for Entrepreneurs, Cognizant, Intel, and Pixar Animation Studio. The sessions will take place at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center at 1045 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood.

“Children have a natural desire to uncover the inner workings of the technology in their lives, from light switches to smartphone games,” said Digital Harbor Foundation Executive Director Andrew Coy. “By demonstrating that the creation of these technologies is within their grasp, our MakerCamp will help nurture the next generation of tech visionaries while they’re having a blast!”

Each MakerCamp will be split into two age groups, Nano for children ages 7 to 10, and Mega Camps for children ages 13 to 18. (Youth ages 11 and 12 are welcome to apply after speaking with a DHF staff member to determine best fit.)

Each camp session offers a different theme, allowing children to learn a variety of skills and topics. Themes include:

Circuit Adventures (June 17- June 28)
Explore the world of circuits by creating lamps, flying propellers, moving motors and musical projects!

Digital Design and Fabrication (July 8 – July 19)
Digitally design 3D objects and then create them in real life using vinyl cutters, Legos and 3D Printers!

Game Development (July 22 – August 2)
Code your own video games on a variety of platforms.

Aerial Pursuits (August 5 – August 16)
Learn to fly with rocketry, paper planes, remote controlled aircraft, quad-copters!

The two-week camps are half-day, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m., with an extended hour’s option that ends at 5 p.m. The camps’ staff will consist of MakerCorps members, mentors and tech coaches.

Tuition for each of the Summer MakerCamps half-day session is $350, and scholarships are available. Registration ends on June 14 for the first session. Parents are encouraged to register their children soon, as space in each camp is limited.
For more information about the Digital Harbor Foundation and MakerCamps, as well as scholarships can be found by visitingwww.digitalharborfoundation.org.

About The Digital Harbor Foundation:
The Digital Harbor Foundation is a non-profit organization, located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, dedicated to fostering innovation, tech advancement, and entrepreneurship by helping youth develop digital age skills through maker activities and tech workforce development. In 2013, DHF was proud to re-open one of Baltimore City’s closed Rec Centers as the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center.

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