What is LevelUp Camp?
LevelUp Camp is a weekend workshop where you’ll get to make a web app and a VR environment. It’ll be full of coding, making art, games, and food. We’ll have lots of breaks and hands-on activities, and you’ll leave with things you’ve made and other cool stuff to impress your friends and family.
Do I have to have any coding experience to get in?
Nope! No coding experience necessary. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. The only prerequisite is a curiosity about learning how to design and build your own creations for the web, mobile, VR, and AR environments.
What am I going to get out of this?
Adventure! New powers! Skills! Riches! Well, jk on that last one, but it’s not so far from the truth. Reliable developers for the web, mobile, VR/AR, and games get to pick from a variety of well-paying jobs in their field. Artists who can code are also in high demand, and experts predict that they will be into the near future.
LevelUp Camp has two main learning tracks: web and mobile apps, and VR/AR development. You’ll learn the basics of each, including how to use popular developer tools and game engines.
You’ll emerge from the camp a powerful developer with your own website, mobile app, or VR environment to impress your friends and family. Plus! You’ll also get free stuff to make them jealous.
Do I have to bring anything?
Just bring anything you’d use to take notes or sketch out ideas. If you have a laptop or a tablet, great, but you won’t necessarily need it. Cell phones are absolutely allowed, and feel free to Instagram and Snapchat this.
Why should I send my kid to LevelUp Camp?
For kids today, 85% of the jobs they’ll have in their lifetime haven’t been invented yet. So how do you prepare them for the future? Education experts say the best way is through experiential learning that connects the dots between disciplines. Fortunately, most kids enjoy this way of learning much more than a traditional classroom setting.
That’s how we’re designing LevelUp Camp. Students will learn by doing, with fun breaks and hands-on work, so it sticks with them. Students won’t just learn how to make a web app and a VR environment, they’ll learn why it matters, what kinds of things they can make right now, and how to bring their creations to market. One of our goals is to instill a sense of entrepreneurship, illustrating what the tech industry looks like now and how experts think it will change over the next few years.
Students will leave the workshop not with busywork, but with tangible things they’ve made and concrete steps to keep learning and making.
What’s your teaching methodology?
Though researchers are always learning new things about how the mind retains information, the latest studies show that experiential education works best in circumstances where students need to not just understand facts but apply them and solve problems on the fly. In other words, the best way to learn how to solve problems is to solve problems. It’s our belief that problem solving skills get better with a balance of practice and study.
Can I come, too?
Parents are invited to the demo showcase party on the second day of the two-day camp. There, you’ll be able to see the web apps and walk around in the VR environment your child has built.