Apple has held an annual three-day camp event at its physical storefronts for quite some time, and that continues this year.
On June 18, Apple officially opened registration for this year’s Apple Camp, which is designed for kids between the ages of eight and 12. Apple is opening the doors a couple of days earlier than it did last year.
“Kids ages 8 to 12 can expand their digital creativity through hands-on projects at Apple. Campers choose one of three tracks, then spend 90 minutes a day for three days at a local Apple Store immersed in their chosen subject.”
There are three major programs with this year’s Apple Camp for kids. The first of which is meant to help with learning how to code. This year, kids will be learning how to code with Sphero robots:
Coding With Sphero Robots
“In this three-day session for kids ages 8-12, we’ll introduce the fundamentals of coding using Sphero robots. Each day Campers will learn a new coding concept and practice problem-solving skills. They’ll partner up for fun activities to program their Sphero to change colors, create sounds, complete challenges, and more. Then they’ll apply their coding skills to design their own games.”
The second camp is called Beat Making and Songwriting with GarageBand, one of Apple’s stock apps.
Beat Making and Songwriting With GarageBand
“In this three-day session, kids ages 8-12 will discover the magic of beat making and songwriting. They’ll start by exploring basic elements of song structure and how beats create the foundation of a song. Campers will get hands-on as they create music using Touch Instruments, add vocals, and fine-tune their creations with GarageBand on iPad. On day 3, they’ll share their songs with the group.”
Finally, the other major tentpole class is called Telling Stories with Clips. This is another app from Apple, which it officially launched in early 2017.
Telling Stories With Clips
“Future filmmakers ages 8-12 will explore the creative process of telling stories using video, photos, and music. Campers will brainstorm and storyboard their ideas. They’ll get hands-on in groups to capture short videos, edit and enhance their shots with fun graphics and filters, and add opening and closing titles in the Clips app on iPad. On the final day, they’ll present their video stories.”
The classes are set up for a three-day stretch, but when they take place, exactly, will depend on your area. Some of the classes are set up from Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for instance. Others are set to start on Tuesday, will take the middle class on Thursday, and end on Friday. You will need to check with your closest physical Apple Store for the exact start time, too.
These classes typically fill up pretty quickly, so if you want to get your kid(s) in on the fun, it’s better to sign up sooner, rather than later.
These events are always fun, especially when there are a ton of kids really into what’s being taught. Last year’s efforts with kids wanting to be filmmakers was a great time, not just for my kids, but for this writer as well.