As year round staff, many people ask us what exactly we do when camp isn’t in session. Truthfully, we are still very busy and only take breaks to longingly look out the window for the first signs of that 90 degree weather and 110% humidity that signifies another wonderful summer has arrived in Washington DC. There is a very important ritual, however, that occurs right after camp ends…
Just after move-out, TIC’s year-round staff goes home and sleeps for approximately 76 hours straight. Upon waking, we gather at the TIC Office and literally devour all the feedback we received from parents, staff, and campers throughout the summer. Okay, we don’t literally devour it because we’re professional and like to keep it on file for later reference, BUT we are pretty hungry after 76 hours of sleeping and that can make some feedback forms looks particularly delicious. Anyway, after completely figuratively devouring all this excellent feedback, we start to plan. We plan for days and nights on end until we get so excited about the 2018 season that we don’t want to wait another second for it to begin!
So, dear TIC friends, it is with much eagerness and delight that we present: What’s New for TIC Summer 2018!!
1) We are back to 3 Sites!
This summer, TIC will return to having 3 sites and is no longer offering camp at the TIC DC West location. In order to continue ensuring the excellent quality of our program, we felt it’d be beneficial to re-centralize, allowing us to increase the amount of focus and attention we can give to each individual camper. As part of this effort, we are also slightly decreasing our enrollment at all 3 locations. The VA, MD, and DC (previously called “DC-North”) locations will return to the same facilities for 2018. You can find more information about the site locations here.
2) Graphic Design is now Digital Arts!
In order to expand the project possibilities in the vast realm of digital art creation, we are changing Graphic Design to Digital Arts! This Tech Option includes instruction in industry standard software from Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and an endless list of project ideas, ranging from general artwork to posters to infographics and brochures. Come explore the depths of your creativity in Digital Arts!
Get more details here!
3) Animation now has option of 2D or 3D!
The options in animation are so diverse, we are now offering Tech Options specifically focusing on either 2D or 3D Animation. 2D Animation is done frame-by-frame using Anime (the software formally known as Flash) or a DSLR to create stop motion animations through Dragonframe with legos, clay, or whatever inspires your camper!
3D Animation uses Mudbox for beginners and Maya for advanced animators. Campers will learn the tools to sculpt and paint their 3D visions, as well as an understanding of vectors, rigging, and layers. In addition, 3D animation will also include the option to explore 3D printing to bring to life models campers have created!
4) Robotics is expanding!
Despite the warnings from movies like iRobot, we’ve decided to continue to develop our Robotics program with more counselors, more advanced equipment, and more equipment in general! Just promise you won’t create a robot that is designed to replace your loyal and caring Site Director, okay?!
Learn more about Robotics!
5) Film is going DSLR!
Move over guy-that-directed-Avatar, TIC is getting DSLRs! That’s right, we heard your feedback loud and clear, and now we’re going to see your movies with even quality! Our brand new DSLR cameras will take your short films to the next level. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Check out more about Filmmaking!
6) Girls Rock Our World!
It’s no secret that girls are awesome. It’s also no secret that girls face a disproportionately high amount of barriers when it comes to the sports and technology fields. At TIC, we can’t necessarily find solutions to all these barriers, but we can give our girls the tools to knock ‘em down. New for Summer 2018, TIC is starting the GROW (Girls Rock Our World) Club at all 3 sites! The GROW Club will meet during lunch twice a week with some of our female staff and share their interests, ideas, and challenges. As a pilot program, the DC location will also offer an after-camp portion of the GROW club once a week and at no extra cost.
Well, that’s what’s new for 2018! Be sure to check out our dates & rates and take advantage of our Early Bird Special once registration is open! If you have any questions or comments, you can reach us at 703-876-2868 or email Executive Director Emily Riedel at [email protected].
Now back to looking out the window…