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UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« on: June 04, 2016, 02:05:16 PM »
Hey, just a head's up to the other TI parents. I thought many here would be interested in the summer coding camps offered at UCI by iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17, where I just enrolled SoCal, Jr. I spent this weekend researching 6 different summer coding camps for my kids and ended up choosing this company / location. They have an 8:1 student to teacher ratio and instructors from prestigious universities. I was also really impressed with their large selection of courses. I signed up SoCal, Jr. for the C++ Programming class but there are many more available. See them here:

https://www.idtech.com/locations/california-summer-camps/irvine/id-tech-uc-irvine/#courses-dates

I recommend signing up soon. They fill up fast! I got one of the last spots available for our selection.

It is a little pricey but a great investment, imo. Use this promo code to get $50 off: 26HACCDQKG

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2016, 08:38:30 PM »
$1000+ for 5 days of tech camp? Ouch! Better come out of the camp with the next Facebook.

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2016, 10:22:54 PM »
$1000+ for 5 days of tech camp? Ouch! Better come out of the camp with the next Facebook.

You forgot about the promo code. Lol

The program is pricey.

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2016, 08:50:06 AM »
It's actually just about the same price per hour as Kids Code Academy. Except, with id Tech, there's a better course offering and no need to bring your own laptop. It is more expensive than Planet Bravo, Code Rev, etc. but not as "babyish" and offers classes they don't have. Not to mention the instructors at iD Tech are not just teenagers working for gas money in between shifts at Pieology. Transcripts / CEUs are also available with iD Tech along with certificates of completion. The $50 promo code is just a drop in the bucket but it is better than nothing. It helps to offset the lunch fee of $60. (The kids eat the UCI student dining hall food. If that's closed for any reason, they will bring in catering.) It sounds like they may give the kids college campus tours as well but not sure on that.

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2016, 08:57:15 AM »
I think we are doing this, one of my kids did the IUSD code.org class this year and had fun.

Just need to make sure we don't do the same one SoCal does. :)
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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2016, 07:44:12 PM »
At these prices, I wonder how much money they make after costs.  Maybe I should become an instructor.


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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2016, 08:49:58 PM »
At these prices, I wonder how much money they make after costs.  Maybe I should become an instructor.

What can they learn in a week?

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2016, 12:13:02 PM »
I think the courses are 2 week courses.  The price is per week.  They are full day courses. 

I went to one of these sorts of things when I was a kid.  Out of like 30 kids, only 2 really seemed interested to pursue it further.  It depends on the kids.  If taught right, all the kids should want to participate and have fun.

What can they learn in a week?  Enough to peek their interest.  Enough to figure out if they like it or not.  I don't think they would learn much, but it would help them start the process of learning. 

I think they would also need an environment that would be fun to code for, if they were to continue after the class. 


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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2016, 05:56:36 PM »
Today was the last day of camp. I think it went pretty well. A good foundation was formed to keep learning on their own. They worked on group and individual projects. My kid never gets excited about anything but when I asked if he liked it, he actually said, "yeah." (A typical response would just be "meh" or "I don't know" or just "ugghhh".)
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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2016, 06:10:28 PM »
One thing that happened in class which was kind of funny. Since there are a lot of asians on TI, I thought you guys would appreciate this:

The instructor (an asian girl studying E.E. at UCLA) asked the group what their parents want them to be when they grow up. She said her parents wanted her to be a doctor. An asian boy raised his hand and said, "Oh yeah, me too. They want me to be a doctor." Then another asian kid's hand went up and he said, "Same here." And another. And another. They both agreed. That was half the group. I asked mine what his answer was. He said, "The same thing as the rest of the group after those kids answered... Whatever I want to be."

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2016, 06:55:43 PM »
I think we are doing this, one of my kids did the IUSD code.org class this year and had fun.

Just need to make sure we don't do the same one SoCal does. :)

Did you do it?

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2016, 09:34:34 PM »
Did one week of javascript programming (the Minecraft Java one was full for the weeks we wanted to go).

The best part... eating at the dorm cafeteria buffet every day.

Now that's my kid.
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2016, 08:37:15 PM »
Iho, did you use that promo code I gave you? It doubled as a Refer A Friend. I was not notified.

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Re: UCI Summer Tech Camps - very cool
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2016, 07:53:57 AM »
No, the wife signed us up, not sure if it was before or after your post.

Not sure if we will do it again next year as it's really expensive, but knowing my kid, will want to again just for the food. :)
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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2016, 09:30:03 AM »
Funny, I thought mine would enjoy the food. However, he said, "It's nothing special." Oh, well.

 

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