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Motivations

Try the most innovative STEM and tech camp in the Palo Alto and Silicon Valley area.  The all-inclusive, full day camp includes snacks, lunch, and before/after care.  Sparkiverse creates a healthy STEM environment where campers move between tech, science, art, and sports blocks throughout the day.  Sessions include:  Creativity & Circuits, Minecraft Imaginations: Design + Build Challenge, Minecraft Rally: Team Challenge, Retro Game Design Lab, Robot Coding Starter Lab, Internet of Things (IOT) Starter Lab, Internet of Things (IOT) Imagination Lab, Animal Adventures, and Bioforensics + DNA Explorations Lab.

AS PARENTS, WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR WAY OF THINKING.

We sign our kids up for sports. And music lessons.  And swimming.  And foreign languages. Partly because our kids enjoy it.  And partly because we know they will learn skills that are valuable for life and all that lies ahead. We believe that giving our kids a foundation in technology is just as important. We don't require that our kids decide they want to be an Olympic swimmer to take swim lessons. We shouldn't expect each of them to want to build software for a living in order to take coding and technology classes.

TECHNOLOGY IS THE NEW LITERACY.

If we introduce tech to kids early, chances are, more will go into tech fields.  If we make tech as interesting and accessible to girls as boys, chances are, we will have more girls in tech fields. If we make tech broadly accessible so that all kids can learn, not just those who can afford it, we will have greater diversity in technology fields.  And if kids pursue a non-technical field, they will know the "language of technology" and be part of conversations that they otherwise would have been excluded from.

BUT IT NEEDS TO BE FUN!

Let's embrace technology and introduce kids to a new world. Let's wrap it in fun at an early age so kids are engaged in a friendly, collaborative environment. Let’s weave art into the learning process - not make it an afterthought. And let's watch the sparks fly.


Here's how we put those ideas into action.

engaged learning

Our kids don’t spend hours staring into a screen.  They don’t sit alone disengaged from others - every class offers group activities that foster collaboration and teamwork.  We keep kids moving while they are thinking -- even our coding classes are designed to minimize sitting. We've also found that kids really respond to coding in pairs.  Pair programming encourages students to work together to solve the problem at hand.  This creates a lot of very valuable dialogue and, in many cases, leads to a solution that would not have otherwise been found.

Throughout the Sparkiverse, we focus on creating an environment of interaction with teammates, hands-on experiments, and playground activities that reinforce concepts and STEAM fundamentals in fun and playful ways.


For boys and girls

We’ve heard from our parents that GIRLS particularly want more hands-on activities as part of their tech learning.  And we’ve seen that boys are just as happy that they aren’t sitting behind the computer for hours.  So we design courses that weave art and creativity seamlessly into the learning of tech - helping students think about the artistic merit of what they are building.  Whether it’s drawing with circuits or creating an original game, we’ve created an environment that is appealing to ALL kinds of kids.

Read more about TECH4GIRLS here.


indie kickstarter culture

We have such a cool job.  We get to spend our time combing through Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and all kinds of cool places to find the most innovative and creative tech to weave into our classes.  We don’t have any commitment to a single app or vendor - we find the tech that kids respond to the best.  Whether it’s conductive ink, 3D pens, or codable robots, we’ve got what’s next now.


It's not magic. it's science!

We don’t think that science, electricity, or coding is magic or a unique talent only to be held by a few. We explain WHY and HOW code works and electricity flows.  We help students work thru problem solving.  It’s not about impressing kids with  knowledge, but finding ways for them to absorb it.  We foster this learning through playing and creating games because studies have shown that’s one of the best ways for kids to learn.