Creative Computing Summer Camps 2011
For a number of years now, the Department of Computing and Mathematics at the Institute of Technology, Tralee has been delivering a “Lego Robotics Summer Camp” for children aged 7-12yrs, during the months of July and August.
Up to now, these camps have incorporated the building and programming of Lego Robots which introduced the participants to the nature of programming in a light-hearted, fun and educational manner.
The tremendous success, unprecedented demand and welcoming back many of the participants wishing to return year after year inevitably led to the further development of the camps for 2011, now known as the “Creative Computing Summer Camp”.
This year the participants not only enjoyed the traditional favourite “Lego Robotics” building and programming; but were also provided with the opportunity to explore child-friendly multimedia-based packages such as “Toonworks”, “Animationish” and “Scratch”. These activities teased out the imagination of all the participants, hich was the source of an abundance of playful computing creativity.
This all-embracing variety of the camp pursuits provided both individual and group-based endeavours for each of the participants. The Lego Robotics coupled with the additional inclusions of creative computing, standard Lego-making and giant-sized games meant that there was a fun-filled, good-humoured, educational and inventive setting and experience for all; and weather permitting, some midday outdoor activity offered a welcome form of rejuvenation.
For those involved, and of course our wonderful “creative campers,” the Institute is delighted to have experienced yet another season of fruitful, positive and successful Summer Camps and looks forward to doing so again in the future.