Technology Themes and Topics
We are pleased to offer a large variety of different technology topics. Because of the limited number of campers, we are able to personalize the program to match the interests and skill levels of the campers each week.
We create an original DVD video each week. The campers choose topics, write the scripts, and do the acting and filming and editing. We have lots of fun, and use different techniques every week, including green screen backgrounds, props, special effects, music, simple costumes, and more.
The themes are set up so that some of the early themes will be used and reinforced all summer long.
(Exact details of a topic may change slightly. Projects and experiments vary from year to year. In particular, this year we have a bunch of fun new projects and experiments.)
Weekly Themes and Topics
Week 1 – June 17-21 – Video Filming and Editing
While we make a video every week, this week we concentrate on really learning the tools and the craft of filmmaking. We look at composition, pacing and scripts, effects, editing, camera angles, and more.
Week 2 – June 24-28 – 3D Design and Using a 3D Printer
Week 3 – July 1-3 (No camp July 4&5) – Safe Google Search
Google Searching – Learn how to use Google searches, research techniques, internet citizenship, respecting intellectual property, how to evaluate sources of information
Week 4 – July 8-12 – Chess and Minecraft
Learn chess, and how to build virtual worlds in Minecraft. We will be using the free open source version from minetest.net for this week.
Week 5 – July 15-19 – Photography and Image Editing
Photography – Composition, Gimp, editing
Graphics – Scanning, Gimp, editing 2D/3D
Week 6 – July 22-26 – Computer Animation
Create your own animations and stories
(No Camp Week of Green Oak Ranch, July 29 – August 2)
Week 7 – Aug 5-9 – Programming Using Scratch
Learn computer programming using the Scratch programming language from MIT
Week 8 – Aug 12-16 – Make Your Own Game
Design and program your own games