18 Jun Our Amazing Summer Camp Experience With iD Tech Virtual Summer Camps
Our summer camp experience has been sponsored by iD Tech, the thoughts and opinions of the program are our own…
Despite the current COVID climate we knew we wanted the kids to have an amazing summer camp experience even though they wouldn’t be able to leave home.
When we were approached by iD Tech Virtual Summer Camp program, Morgan was especially excited because she’s a big Roblox fan, and that was the first thing she spotted.
So today we’re going to share our experience with the camp so if you’re looking for a great program to keep your kids busy for the Summer you’ll have an idea of what you’re getting before you sign up.
Why we chose iD Tech…
iD Tech offers STEM programs and for us that’s always a plus, especially for our girls. Our oldest daughter will graduate from High School with a STEM endorsement and we wanted to make sure we introduced STEM to all of our kids as early as possible.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is the cornerstone of everything we do in this world, so for us we like to make sure we introduce our kids to those core academic principles as early as possible so it will be a natural part of their lives.
My son looooovvvvvvveeeeeesssssss to play video games, as most teenage boys do, but he also loves learning how to create the infrastructure for the games as well.
It’s just our belief that these skills are highly transferable so anytime we have an opportunity to introduce it and make it fun we’re all over it.
How it works:
The iD Tech Virtual Summer Camp programs are for kids aging 7-19. We have 3 in that category and all of them love technology so we knew we at least wanted to look into it.
The Camps are geared towards science and technology offering programs like Minecraft, Roblox (Morgan’s favorite), to Adobe, Java Script and more, and are categorized by age group and skill.
The programs are week-long programs lasting about 2 hours of live instruction and then provide about 2 hours of self-paced learning which is incredible, especially when you’ve got active kids and want to keep them busy.
For us, we’ve got 4 kids total, and even though it’s Summer break we definitely don’t want their little minds not being stimulated so we started with our most curious kid first, lol.
That way we knew, she would have 4 hours a day of learning that she enjoyed, which would keep the house quiet for the rest of the kids to do what they needed to do as well, lol.
Judge us not, there’s a method to our madness.
What I’d like to point out here is that it also doesn’t matter where they are.
Our kids went to their grandparent’s house this weekend and they have a computer at their house, so we knew that she would still be able to participate in camp even though she wasn’t at home, which is nice because we still feel like we have a little control over what’s happening even when they aren’t in our presence.
What you should expect
Because this is a Summer camp there are things you want to prepare for.
- You want to make sure you’ve got adequate technology to support the program.
My recommendation is to make sure your laptop is fully functional and charged daily. For Morgan’s program, we had to download her Roblox technology to our system so she could follow along during class. She’s using her grandparent’s laptop which isn’t a heavy-duty piece of technology, lol and she’s having no problems.
2. The camp is live so they will be present with live instructors.
The classes are small so your child will be able to participate and get the full experience, and from what I see these are some of the best teachers you can find. But because they are live make sure your little one has space where they can participate with minimal distractions. We have Morgan set up in a sitting area in her grandparent’s house and it’s perfect.
3. Register as early as possible. These camps are very popular and because they are small in nature it’s important that you sign up as soon as you can if you want your baby to start right away. They last a week at a time and the schedule is available on the website, even if you have plans for right now and want them to maybe do it in July I’d register now just to ensure they have space in the time slot that you choose.
So Morgan is absolutely in love with the camp before camp even started. She worried me silly about when she was starting and had a major tude because it’s only for 1 week, lol.
On the first day of camp, teachers will do the normal housekeeping thing like making sure technology is good, etc, but they jump in right after that.
Morgan was on the computer for hours after her live instruction was done.
I kept calling my oldest daughter to get her feedback about her first day and she was like she’s still in camp, but it turns out, she was just working through what she learned and didn’t want to get off the computer.
I was kind of worried that because it’s virtual that she wouldn’t pay attention or she wouldn’t be as engaged, but I no longer have those worries.
Her class is at 9 am our time and she’s up at 7 on her own lol, bothering her sister about making sure the computer is up and ready to go.
We’re definitely going to enroll her in another class because this is all this kid talks about, and as a parent, I’m excited because she’s being stimulated academically in a way that she loves and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.
So if you’ve got a little one that’s between 7 and 18 and you want to try the program I’ve got a little gift for you!!!!
If you enroll by CLICKING HERE and use the code KAE125 you’ll save $125 off of any camp you choose!
You’re welcome, lol.
Overall I can’t say enough good about these programs and I’m so happy they reached out to us to try them and share our insight with you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask I’ll answer them as best I can from a parent’s perspective but if you’re ready to sign your kids up I’d say make it happen fast, lol.
If you do enroll, I’d love to know and see what your thoughts are, tag me on Instagram so I can see!
I hope I provided enough information for you to make an informed decision about the iD Tech camps and if you have any other questions please let me know!
Be in touch soon friend!!!