Digital Discovery Virtual Camps through Exploration Place-4

Digital Discovery CampsFun Summer Learning From the Comfort of Home

Exploration Place has a variety of Digital Discover Camps each summer for children ages eight through 13 who prefer the comfort of home or are outside the area. Participants in our Digital Discover Camps and museum members also get access to the Explorer Club. Digital Discovery Camps are a great alternative to in-person camps because they allow kids from all over Kansas to participate in the summer learning programs at Exploration Place!

Available Digital Discovery Camps

Digital Discovery Camps help campers level up their coding, graphic design and game design skills through a variety of programs, activities and challenges.

Dates and Times: TBD | Ages: 8-13 Lego Engineer

Price: $102 for Members and $120 for Non-members

Lego Engineer

Become a Lego design engineer right from home! During this week-long camp, your child will learn what it’s like to be a Lego engineer who designs and builds elaborate structures. We will guide them through the process of how to build three-dimensional structures in a virtual space all of the way to their final build at the end of camp. The lessons compound on each other, and by the end of the week, they will bring their structure to life.

Activities

  • Learn how Lego engineers plan their elaborate builds
  • Build a virtual representation of a structure
  • Test blueprints in a virtual format before construction
  • Identify which Lego bricks you will need to fulfill your design
  • Follow your plan to bring your creation to life

Requirements

Digital camps require internet access and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone. This camp also requires the use of many Legos.

Dates and Times: TBD | Ages: 8-13 Video Game Design 101

Price: $102 for Members and $120 for Non-members

Video Game Design 101

Spark a love of coding with this beginner-level game design camp. Over the course of the week, campers will design their own characters, learn to write the code and programming to give them action, and develop a world for their characters to live and interact in.

Activities

  • Create and code video game characters
  • Code characters to perform actions based upon the keys chosen
  • Experiment with a variety of game design styles such as those similar to Super Mario, arcade space games, a quest game and a racing game
  • Use the program Gdevelop

Requirements

Digital camps require internet access and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone.

Dates and Times: TBD | Ages: 8-13 Comic Creators

Price: $102 for Members and $120 for Non-members

Comic Creators

Comics are more than entertainment—they are science in creative form. The visual aspects of comic books are used to evoke a chemical reaction or emotion from a reader. Learn illustration techniques, photo editing, storyboarding and comic book design as catalysts for combing a love of art and fantasy with the unwavering principles of STEM fields.

Activities

  • Create a storyboard using the framework of story structure
  • Design initial draft of a comic
  • Analyze the impact of visual cues or images on a reader
  • Develop characters to feel more relatable
  • Learn about visual influences within our own lives

Requirements

Digital camps require internet access and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone.

Dates and Times: TBD | Ages: 8-13 Film School

Price: $102 for Members and $120 for Non-members

Film School

This camp is designed for aspiring directors who would rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Campers will go through the creative process of writing, producing and editing their own film. Along the way, they will learn the STEM lessons that influence an audience’s response to the content and delivery of the story.

Activities

  • Experiment with lighting techniques and color manipulation
  • Look at how films use color to convince the audience how a character is feeling
  • Edit short snips of film into one longer feature film
  • Add music and sound effects to films, developing a soundtrack
  • Participate in a virtual film festival and enjoy one another’s work

Requirements

Digital camps require internet access and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone.

Dates and Times: TBD | Ages: 8-13 Digital Animation Studio

Price: $102 for Members and $120 for Non-members

Digital Animation Studio

Drawing with pencil and paper is transported to new heights with this digital animation camp. Learn to animate characters and storylines using software and foundational principles that will grow along with the artist. Art and science combine to make this camp a creative adventure in STEM-based skills.

Activities

  • Navigate Wick Editor animation software.
  • Learn the 12 principles of animation, including timing and spacing, squish and stretch, and follow-through.
  • Create movement within an object.
  • Bring a character of your choice to life.

Requirements

Digital camps require internet access and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone.

Dates and Times: TBD | Ages: 8-13 Roblox Game Lab

Price: $102 for Members and $120 for Non-members

Roblox Game Lab

Jump into a new 3D realm of your own making. This camp is designed for the Roblox player who wants to take their game to the next level. Learn how to use coding to customize your character and landscape. Most important, learn the basics of the computer language that makes video game ideas come to life. This camp is designed for those students with little to no game development experience.

Activities

  • Develop a character to play along with and discover new worlds
  • Cultivate a completely new story and battle to the end to become the ultimate champion
  • Learn the systematic process of creating a video game
  • Design landscapes and create obstacles
  • Exercise problem- solving skills during the development process

Requirements

Digital camps require internet access and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone.

Dates and Times: TBD | Ages: 8-13 Anime Club

Price: $102 for Members and $120 for Non-members

Anime Club

Immerse yourself in the world of Anime. More than simple artwork, Anime provides an invaluable learning opportunity to look at the history, culture, tradition, discipline, and design of the Japanese medium. Learn how computer programming, graphic design and illustration are all essential skills when taking a 2D represented drawing into the digital world. Experience in drawing is not required, and there will be tutorials to provide guidance on character design. Use of Krita will be required for this course.

Activities

  • Design characters
  • Explore new drawing techniques
  • Learn computer software design through Krita
  • Learn about your favorite anime character’s origins
  • Design your own anime character and storyline

Requirements

Digital camps require internet access and a laptop or computer with a camera and microphone.

Needs-Based Scholarships Available

If your child is eligible for free or reduced lunches or SNAP, they may qualify for a needs-based scholarship to attend camp!

Camp Registration and Policies

  • Required Camp Forms

    Please complete forms for each camper.

    Download Camp Forms
  • Camp Refund Policy

    • 15 days or more notification – Full refund
    • 1-14 days notification – No refund. Registration may be transferred to another week before camp begins if space is available.*

    *Full refund or camp transfer (if available) for documented medical necessity, major emergency or military deployment if notified before camp begins

Digital Discovery Camp FAQs

General Questions
Classroom Questions
Camp Forms Questions
  • Do I have to fill out the Model Release form?

    No, the model release form is optional. If you choose not to fill out the form, your camper may be removed from certain activities where picture/videography is taking place to prevent your camper from being included in the picture. Please let an Exploration Place staff member know you decline the model release form at the beginning of class.

  • Do I have to fill out forms for every week of camp?

    No, forms are good for one year, beginning May 1 and continuing until the following April 30.