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Innovator, Computer Scientist/Technician

In the past ten to fifteen years, we have learned that computer

innovators think differently. After the advent of the

computer, a person who might previously have stayed up all

night with a HAM radio, now experiments with technology

and the development of software.

Computer programs and camps are run throughout the

country. This section introduces a few of the better known and

more respected examples. The question to ask before choosing

one of these programs is, “Do you want a dedicated program,

or do you want an all-around camp that also offers computer

education?” Your choices are diverse and endless.

Computer Camp by Education Unlimited is a program with

several locations on the West coast that offers a one-week experience

for the computer innovator. This program provides

a strong dose of “computer learning,” but with time set aside

for other activities.

Cybercamp’s (Seattle, WA.) philosophy is “Human brains

learn more when they’re having fun.” This experience combines

the invention, innovation, and computer innovation experience,

and it recognizes that your computer whiz usually

possesses talents in all three areas. The camp offers a robotic

series, in which students create their own robots, as well as

an arts and animation series. It’s a full experience for the special

child.

COMPUTER CAMP BY EDUCATION UNLIMITED

Computer camp

Matthew Fraser, Director

Education Unlimited

1700 Shattuck Ave #305

Berkeley, CA 94709

(800) 548-6612

camps@educationunlimited.com

www.educationunlimited.com

QUICK TAKE: A relaxed camp, where students are given the

freedom to explore the computer. From visual to programming,

your student will learn about the computer, but have

time to socialize and enjoy other activities.

AGE REQUIREMENT: 10–18

DATES: The program is located in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Stanford,

and San Diego, CA; and Phoenix, AZ. Each offers a different

number of one-week sessions.

FEES: Prices vary with location. Financial aid is available.

SPONSORSHIP/OWNERSHIP/ACCREDITATION: Education Unlimited

BACKGROUND: The camp was created in 1995, with a program

designed to help prepare students for high school and college

by teaching them computer skills.

DESCRIPTION: Kids learn about programming, games, and new

software as they enjoy themselves in a social camp environment.

Their schedule allows time for recreational activities,

including hikes, trips to zoos, and video games (varies by

location).

OUR TAKE: This is a great environment, in which any kid can

learn about computers. There are no grades or finals—just

the enjoyment that comes from being more computer savvy.

This is a friendly, noncompetitive environment in which students

can feel calm and confident in their work.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Check out each camp location to see

which will best suit your kid. The camp provides transportation

to and from the airport for $45 round trip.