webmasterFebruary 23, 2017February 23, 2017Your children are fully engaged in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program in school and you see them excelling. You want the learning to continue into the summer months. So, believe it or not, now is the time to consider a summer camp that can keep those creative brain cells growing! On a macro level, you need to look for a camp that will develop new STEM skills for your children. One that is empowering to the next generation of scientists, web developers, engineers and mathematicians with the skills they are going to need for future career positions that haven’t even been created! However, like most things in life, not all tech camps are alike. Here is a checklist of the things to look for and questions to ask when you on the telephone or at a site visit of a potential tech camp. Summer Computer Camp Checklist Affiliation with STEM Ask the following two questions: – How will they be implementing project based learning? – How will they be encouraging students to think creatively and collaborate on projects? These are the qualities that are included in the STEM teaching methodology. Wide variety of current technology courses From coding classes to video game design to 3D printing, it is important to have a variety of courses that will interest your child. In addition, you want to make certain that the provider is always adding and deleting courses based on student feedback and skillset needs. Knowledgeable instructors Find out who the instructors are, if they are tech savvy and have taught the STEM curriculum during the school year. Ideally, you want a person who has been with the camp for a few years and is familiar with the tools that will help your child excel. Manageable student-to-teacher ratio The best camps have a low student to teacher ratio, which allows for a more personalized experience for your child. Quality hardware, software and Internet connection At a minimum, the camp needs to have the following to ensure your child can increase their knowledge base: High-end, fast computer rentals Large monitor rentals Professional grade software Pre-installed programming languages Latest operating system 1:1 or 2:1 student to computer ratio High speed, secure Internet connection Back-up spares Comfortable environment Summer tech camps generally happen when temps outside are sweltering. Make sure the building air conditioner works well and the seating is comfortable. If this is an all-day camp, check on the meal and snack plan. Lastly, make sure there are places for students to take a break from technology when needed. Hartford Technology Rental Provides Tech Equipment for Camps If you run a tech camp, please give Hartford Technology Rental a call to rent a computer in bulk or any other hardware and software needs. You can reach us at 888-520-5667 or contact us online. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the needs of your summer camp.