If you’re looking for something to entertain kids ages 8-12 over the summer, and the chance for them to learn some useful tech skills into the bargain, you may want to register them for this year’s Apple Camp. Apple holds annual workshops at its retail stores intended to help kids make creative use of technology.
Apple Camp, a free three-day program for kids, will broaden your child’s creative horizons by making movies, composing musical stories, coding games and robots, and more using Apple products.
Free Summer Apple Camp For Students
Creating Your Own Song with GarageBand
In this 3-day session, kids ages 8–12 explore how to build their own song. They’ll learn rhythm basics, practice making beats, and experiment with Smart Instruments to create a melody in GarageBand for iPad. On the final day, Campers will celebrate their new skills by sharing their song with the group. Devices will be provided.
Designing Your Dream Park with iPad
In this 3-day session, kids ages 8–12 learn design skills to imagine a park for their community. They’ll go on a short walk to gather inspiration and take photos of materials, colors, and textures. Then they’ll sketch their ideas in the Procreate app using iPad with Apple Pencil to bring their design to life. On the final day, they’ll present their park to the group. Devices will be provided.
Coding Fundamentals and Programming Robots
In this 3-day session, kids ages 8–12 explore fun activities to learn how to code Sphero robots. They’ll start with coding fundamentals like commands, loops, and functions, then use blocks of code to create a program using the Sphero Edu app for iPad. On the final day, Campers will program lights, sounds, and animations to tell their own story starring Sphero. Devices will be provided.
Directing Your Own Movie with Clips and iMovie
In this 3-day session, kids ages 8–12 discover how to create fun video footage using iPad. They’ll start with fundamentals of moviemaking like experimenting with camera shots in the Clips app and drawing ideas on storyboards in Keynote. On the final day, they’ll apply their skills to make a captivating movie trailer using iMovie, and they’ll celebrate their creations. Devices will be provided.
How To Register For A Free Apple Camp
Each Apple Camp workshop lasts 90 minutes and takes place in Apple Stores across the country in July and August. Sessions are free, but spaces are very limited. Some stores offer waitlists.
To register your child for an Apple Camp, visit www.apple.com and search under state and your local store.
Happy Field Tripping!