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Build Your Own Computer Camp - Portland-1

$750

with Tom Bickford

Calendar Jul 6, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and setup to run? This camp is for youth who want to build and test their own computer. We will be posting the specs of the computer by the end of May. We will be checking with prices this spring to maximize performance for your build (within our budget). ​ Each camper will use surplus and new parts that will be provided in order to build a fully functional personal computer.

Included in the computer will be: Case and power supply; motherboard and CPU; CPU fan; 8 GB of RAM; keyboard and mouse; WiFi adapter; monitor; hard disc; DVD player; and the Linux operating system. These are solid desktop or mini-tower computers. If you are looking for a great gaming computer, these probably aren't them... but you'll learn what you can do to upgrade these or build a new one to meet your needs. Remember a really good gaming computer can cost over $2,000, so don't expect to get one at our camp. BUT, it will play most games in a reasonable frame rate and at a reasonable resolution, so don't despair. This program is an excellent opportunity for the youth to learn about computer architecture and to understand how all the different parts of a computer fit together, both physically and electronically. Each camper will get to take the computer home when they are finished!

Open to ages 12 to 16.

Family supplies camper lunch; we provide snacks.

Payment plan available: $150 deposit plus 7 payments of $85.71, paid every four weeks.

Exploring STEM Camp - Portland-1

$280
Calendar Jul 6, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Does your child already have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)? This fun, hands-on summer camp is for them. Campers will work as young scientists and engineers to investigate and understand the operation of simple machines found in everyday life, how things move, how to build and program robots, and other STEM topics. Gears and motors, structures and materials, rockets, and story telling about ideas will be explored. 
Computer Lab, first floor of the Science Building (Falmouth Street)

Open to ages 6 to 8.
Bag lunch, but snacks provided.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 7 payments of $25.71, paid every four weeks.

Build Your Own Computer Camp - Portland-2

$750

with Tom Bickford

Calendar Jul 13, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and setup to run? This camp is for youth who want to build and test their own computer. We will be posting the specs of the computer by the end of May. We will be checking with prices this spring to maximize performance for your build (within our budget). ​ Each camper will use surplus and new parts that will be provided in order to build a fully functional personal computer.

Included in the computer will be: Case and power supply; motherboard and CPU; CPU fan; 8 GB of RAM; keyboard and mouse; WiFi adapter; monitor; hard disc; DVD player; and the Linux operating system. These are solid desktop or mini-tower computers. If you are looking for a great gaming computer, these probably aren't them... but you'll learn what you can do to upgrade these or build a new one to meet your needs. Remember a really good gaming computer can cost over $2,000, so don't expect to get one at our camp. BUT, it will play most games in a reasonable frame rate and at a reasonable resolution, so don't despair. This program is an excellent opportunity for the youth to learn about computer architecture and to understand how all the different parts of a computer fit together, both physically and electronically. Each camper will get to take the computer home when they are finished!

Open to ages 12 to 16.

Family supplies camper lunch; we provide snacks.

Payment plan available: $150 deposit plus 7 payments of $85.71, paid every four weeks.

LEGO Robotics, Mixed - Portland-2

$320
Calendar Jul 13, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This camp is for any level of LEGO Roboteer! So if you are a rookie or a veteran this camp can take you and help move your skills forward. We start off with some basics since even the veterans have often forgotten a lot since last year, and of course some beginners are more advanced. Our camp staff try as quickly as possible to figure out which you are. Usually one staff member will be working primarily with the beginners and one primarily with the advanced, with the third floating as needed.

Open to ages 9 to 13, no experience needed. Computer Lab, first floor of the Science Building (Falmouth Street).

Family supplies camper lunch; we provide snacks.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 7 payments of $31.42, paid every four weeks.

3D Printing and Design - Portland-3

$620
Calendar Jul 20, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Did you ever wonder how people made all those cool 3D objects? Whether board game pieces or parts of a machine, these parts start as an idea in your imagination, then turned into a 3D object on a computer, and finally are printed on a 3D printer.   At the 3D Design and Printing Camp you’ll do all of these things AND build and take home your own 3D printer! Learn the basics of 3D design using SketchUp or TinkerCAD; save your designs and then export them to the 3D printer.

Learn about calibrating the machines; starting and finishing the print; fixing errors; and all the details that make 3D printing both challenging and rewarding.  At the end of the week you get to take home your new printer, all the cool things you’ve created, even some 3D filament to use!

Open to ages 12 to 16.

Family supplies camper lunch; we provide snacks.

Payment plan available: $150 deposit plus 8 payments of $58.75, paid every four weeks.

LEGO Robotics, Mixed - Portland-3

$320
Calendar Jul 20, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This camp is for any level of LEGO Roboteer! So if you are a rookie or a veteran this camp can take you and help move your skills forward. We start off with some basics since even the veterans have often forgotten a lot since last year, and of course some beginners are more advanced. Our camp staff try as quickly as possible to figure out which you are. Usually one staff member will be working primarily with the beginners and one primarily with the advanced, with the third floating as needed.

Open to ages 9 to 13, no experience needed. Computer Lab, first floor of the Science Building (Falmouth Street).

Family supplies camper lunch; we provide snacks.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 8 payments of $27.50, paid every four weeks.

LEGO Robotics, Mixed - Portland-4

$320
Calendar Jul 27, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

This camp is for any level of LEGO Roboteer! So if you are a rookie or a veteran this camp can take you and help move your skills forward. We start off with some basics since even the veterans have often forgotten a lot since last year, and of course some beginners are more advanced. Our camp staff try as quickly as possible to figure out which you are. Usually one staff member will be working primarily with the beginners and one primarily with the advanced, with the third floating as needed.

Open to ages 9 to 13, no experience needed. Computer Lab, first floor of the Science Building (Falmouth Street).

Family supplies camper lunch; we provide snacks.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 8 payments of $27.50, paid every four weeks.

Programming in Minecraft - Portland-4

$345
Calendar Jul 27, 2020 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

With over 110,000,000 monthly users, and over 200,000 servers running in the world (some 8,000 at any one time), Minecraft has become one of the world’s top games, and certainly the top creative game.

There are over hundreds of thousands of people playing Minecraft at any moment! You probably know lots of people who spend time creating houses, roads, towns, mines, as well as gather experience points by battling monsters (mobs). What if you could start learning how to change what you are doing, not just playing with what the game comes with?

In the Programming in Minecraft Camp we will be using the software to start learning how to modify the gaming environment. There will also be time to "just play the game", but the focus will be on learning new skills that relate to programming in the environment.

Depending on the instructor and the campers, we will also spend time with basic computer logic and an introduction to computer languages.

You do not need to have a Minecraft account, but you should bring your login information with you if you have an account so you can play as yourself. Open to ages 10 to 14

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 8 payments of $30.62, paid every four weeks.




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