By Akemi Bourgeois
So at pick up after day 1, my boys gave their first day of The Tech Summer Camps four thumbs up! We'd been to a local city rec camp (at half the price of science camps) the week prior that was boring beyond belief, so I suspect my boys found the science and technology themed Tech camp and its stellar staff nourishing to their souls.
As veterans of Camp Galileo, I could definitely see some Galileo sparkle in their partnership with The Tech camps. For me, the Galileo experience means an involved, responsible staff who really know the kids. It means a familiar main staff who return year after year and become names kids talk about for years. Camp Galileo has their rubber chickens, so The Tech summer camp needs a big bright rubber Lego or something!
As a parent, I love this time in life with older kids. The Tech summer camps are for rising 4th through 8th graders. The location of this camp, in the heart of downtown San Jose with its limited free parking, means that most parents do curbside drop off and pick up to waiting staff. Oh, how I love the convience of that! But I also love watching my 4th graders march off without me, as kids who can handle a day on their own in a new place without me or anyone else they know. Yay for indendence! The only caveat I would share is to leave early for pick up and drop off, just to make sure you beat commute traffic. A ten minute delay meant I could be stuck in traffic.
My boys have been enjoying a mid-morning snack at camp, courtesy of their Kitchen Chemistry morning class at the Tech. As I am writing this several days in, I know my boys have made pizza, pretzels, meringue cookies and ice cream with chocolate sauce! They learned about the science behind cooking, like how yeast will fizz and produce C02 (they made pizza).
"I just love everything computers!" says my boy, as he rushes home each day to continue working on his Scratch programs. One day, I'll do a follow up post and you can see what he's done!
I could tell at pick up on Day 1 that the Tech summer camps were a success with my technology minded boys. I can just tell by the moods they bring with them in the car. They wish they could take a full day Scratch class!
So great content plus an attentive, energetic and knowledgeable staff have combined to make our first summer at The Tech one that we will want to repeat until my boys age out.
What I like, is that there campers here seem to arrive either alone or in groups of two or three siblings. There does not seem to be half the fourth grade class from such and such a school, who roam about like gangs, taking over everything like I see at other camps. There might be one boy and his BFF but not three families of close friends. Those tightly knit groups, while a huge comfort for those in the group, make for a feeling of being left out for those who arrive at camp alone. The Tech camps just seem so even, with everything new to the scene and to each other.
I'll be back shortly with reports from Day 3, 4 and 5.
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