Technology is the wave of the future, and according to digital experts, it’s never too early to engage the mind in these fields. Fortunately, there’s good variety available for kids this summer that are even close to home.
The Kids and College summer program at McHenry County College offers students from first through twelfth grades a hands-on glimpse into the future in week-long summer camps designed to keep young minds stimulated while having fun. The camps, which run June 17 to Aug. 8, also offer flexible hours.
This year’s theme is “Dream Big: Where Creativity and Innovation Meet Summer Fun.
“These quality and affordable programs aim to keep kids engaged in learning, sharpen critical thinking skills, inspire creativity, and maybe even light a spark for a future career,” said Laura Beaupre, director of MCC’s Kids and College.
Topics include web design, app development, video game development, animation, Roblox, and 3D Video Game Design with Unity (advanced level). “So they’re learning about coding as early as first grade,” said Beaupre. “They’re really cool classes that help develop skills and possibly introduce them to some developing fields in areas of digital media and technology and robotics.”
These popular classes, which drew more than 1,000 students last year, not only spark creativity and critical thinking, but they’re also a good way for kids to socialize and make friends, added Beaupre.
For those wanting to explore non-digital topics, MCC’s Summer Academy classes for kids include Baking and Culinary Academies, Creative Writing, Essays and Presentations, Storytelling, Persuasive Writing, Algebra, Fitness and Wellness, Geometry, and a Girls Only STEM: Gadget Girl’s Innovation Academy.
Kids can attend for one week or for all six weeks. Flexible programming is available, including before and after care to accommodate parents’ busy schedules.