Create something cool and meet new friends at summer tech camps

It’s not too late to sign up for fun summer tech camps where you can create animated cartoons and video games, design LEGO robots or launch your own rocket.

Check out a sample of Ontario summer tech camps listed below where you can meet new friends while creating something cool and have fun learning new tech skills. To find similar activities in your area, just Google your community’s name with “summer tech camp.”

Girls Learning Code Summer Camp, Toronto

Girls Learning Code is less about “code” and more about changing the world – through teamwork, creativity and technology. From August 13 to 17, creative 9 to 13 year old girls can participate in Toronto’s only all-girls technology camp titled, Games That Change the World. Hosted by Mozilla, this camp is designed to help girls see technology in a whole new light – as a medium for self-expression and as a means for changing the world. Check out this video of the Girls Learning Code March camp or this video about girls describing how cool the camps are.

Technology Camps, Upper Canada College, Toronto

Upper Canada College technology camps are offered on a variety of topics for varying age ranges. They include - KidTech Camp (ages 6-8) designed to experience the wonderful world of computers unlike what might be offered in a school setting; ArtTech Camp (ages 8-14) introduces campers to the blending of technology and art, allowing them to experience the computer as more than just something for work or games; GameTech Camp (ages 10-14) creates and builds an original computer game from scratch; Film Camp (at BSS- ages 12-16) takes film enthusiasts through the step-by-step process of making their very own short film; and Space Camp (ages 8-13) provides activities and demonstrations based on current space-related events, flight concepts, and past, present and future space missions, including the construction of model rockets and a weekly rocket launch.

Max the Mutt Animation School, Toronto

Work with top professionals! Gain new skills and bring your creative ideas to life! The school’s new summer camps are designed for high school students aged 12 and up. Each program is led by an experienced professional, assisted by counselors who are advanced students and recent graduates. It’s affordable, fun, and a great opportunity to go through the whole process from planning to producing comic pages or animation.

Thinnox Academy of Design & Technology, Mississauga

Design something new this year at Thinnox summer camps which offer a unique combination of intelligent fun and applied creativities in small groups of six to eight students aged 16 to 18. Tech-related programs include - robotics; computer programming; 3D animation; film making; video production; editing and SFX; game design; graphic and web design.

Science and Technology Summer Camps for Kids, UOIT, Durham Region

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) offers two camp programs in July and August at its north campus, 2000 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa. The camps are for kids aged 8 to 14. The LEGO Robotics camp provides opportunities to design, build and program robots using LEGO Mindstorms materials. The Back Into Nature With Technology Camp fosters environmental awareness through hands-on activities. Campers use a variety of technologies such as the iPad to become "field scientists." Both camps offer girls only sessions.

Real Programming 4 Kids, Ontario

This summer learn to program video games like a pro. For kids aged 7 to 17, Real Programming 4 Kids is offered at six Ontario locations -  Toronto, Oakville, Richmond Hill, London, Waterloo and Ottawa.

Skills Work!®” Summer Camps, Ontario

Week-long summer day camps in July and August that provide students going into grades 7 and 8 with an opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades and technologies. Located in several communities across Ontario, the camp runs in partnership with colleges, volunteers, and organizations that are committed to giving the participants a hands-on experience. Throughout the week, campers develop communication, problem solving and teamwork skills through various activities, workshops and industry tours. As they build, fix, design and create, campers also learn about careers in transportation, construction, manufacturing, communication and services.

--Photos by Jon Lim courtesy of Girls Learning Code. 

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