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We currently offer four types of programs: AP Computer Science A, Grades 3-8 After-School Clubs, Summer Camps and Track-Out Camps. The topics of these camps and programs vary. Our most popular camps and clubs include: Minecraft® Mod Development, Engineering with Redstone, Mobile App and Game Design, and Dash and Dot Robotics. For a full list of clubs and camps offered please visit "Our Programs" on our website.
Educators have found that the best age for teaching children a second language is between 2 and 7. Childhood and early adolescence are the critical age ranges for children to learn anything, including programming, because their brains are still developing. If your child can give step-by-step directions to complete a task, they are old enough to learn to code. .
Our philosophy is to teach computer science through plugged (computer) and unplugged (non-computer) engaging activities and projects. We spend a lot of time on computers and other devices but also value time spent on hands-on unplugged lessons. During camp, we take short breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to allow the children a quick respite from their activities. We also have an hour long, electronic-free, lunch where we encourage collaboration, communication and teamwork through team-building games and exercises.
No, students are expected to bring their own lunch and snacks. We do offer small bottles of water. There is a small refrigerator and microwave for student use throughout the day.
Yes. Before care begins at 8:00am and after care ends at 5:30pm for track out and summer camps. There is a $35 fee for each service. Children are allowed and encouraged to bring a book or activity for this electronic-free time frame.
Almost all of the software used in our camps is downloadable for use at home. Code.org, Scratch, and Eclipse are great examples of the software available on the internet. Other software can be bought for use at home, such as Minecraft, and Adobe Creative Suite. If you want to know specifically what software will be used for a camp and the cost for that software, please call our office at 919-651-0804.
With more than 50 years of experience of combined experience, our teachers have a wide range of knowledge and expertise in education and technology. A few teachers come from the industry with strong real-world experiences in computer science and programming. Others have years of experience in public and private schools, teaching technology and computer science classes. All teachers have met our high-expectations and qualifications to work with your children.
You can register in person at our campus for After-School Clubs and AP Computer Science A Courses. Summer Camps and Track-Out Camps registration are available in person and online as well. Our online registration can be accessed through our website by going to our "Register" tab. All registration forms for our programs are available on our website, as well as, in person at our campus.
Our maximum capacity per classroom is fifteen children. Each class is led by one teacher that specializes in that program.
At CAML Academy, we believe that learning to program should be a rich learning experience for young people. Our goal is not only to teach children to "learn to code," but also to "code to learn." Our students are taught strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas. Our students learn how to divide complex problems into simpler parts, how to refine and improve their work, how to remix and build on the work of others, how to persevere in the face of challenges.
Both Track-Out and Summer Camp programs are a week long, starting on Mondays and ending on Fridays from 9am to 4:30pm. Our After-School Clubs meet Monday - Friday from 4:45pm-5:45pm with pick-up by 6pm. The AP Computer Science A Class meets once a week for two hours at a time.
For our After-School club, we follow WCPSS closings. We are not open for any of our camps for the following holidays: New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Please check with WRAL and our website for program closings or delays.
If you need to cancel a week of Track-Out or Summer Camp with us, we will kindly ask if there is another week in your schedule that we can transfer your child to instead. In the event that we can not, there will be a 6% cancellation fee.