Monday, April 21, 2008

Cybercamps: a summer program for the younger kids

The challenge of finding an age-appropriate summer camp for your younger children can be particularly daunting. Perhaps you're concerned about sending your child to a camp program that lasts 8 or more hours and ends up pushing the limits of his or her attention span and patience.

Not to worry! The Cybercamps program at Pump It Up is specially designed for kids between the ages of 6 and 11. These half-day computer camps at Pump It Up locations energize your child's young brain, using research-proven methods and individual, self-paced projects to teach basic technology skills.

Then we get the kids moving in a safe, supervised setting - jumping, bouncing, and sliding on Pump It Up’s super-cool inflatables. It’s a unique combination of learning and summer fun, one that you won’t find at any other summer computer camp!

Best of all, we're offering an excellent "Kids Need Camp Even In a Recession" Discount right now! Click here to find out if there is a Cybercamps at a Pump It Up near you!

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Launch of the new Cybercamps homepage

Breaking news! Our fabulous Creative Team and IT Team here at Giant Campus, Inc. has just launched a brand new homepage at! This update makes it even easier to find camps in your state or to pick courses based on your child's interests.

Don't forget to sign up to win a free week at Cybercamps Academy--the contest ends on May 15!!

And now, here's an overview of the amazing courses we offer at Cybercamps Academy (ages 10-17):

This course gives you a chance to design, assemble and program complex robots that communicate, move and think on their own--then put it to the test in robot maze races, "battlebot" tournaments, and other challenges.

C++ Programming
Introductory course
Get introduced to Visual C++ 2005 Express®, learn about variables, common functions, expressions, flow control, loops and more!

Advanced course
Buckle up and keep your hands and feet inside the ride because this advanced course will teach you about arrays, strings, pointers, dynamic data and more. When you're finished you'll able to develop your own console applications in the world's most powerful programming language!

Game Design
Projects for this course include designing a classic arcade game and designing a 3D game environment.

3D Game Design
You’ll learn about the history of the gaming industry and learn the fundamentals of level design, skinning, importing 3D models and scripting. By the end of the course, you will have developed a 3D game that you can share with your friends.

Game Modding
In this course, you can tweak or completely redraw popular games like Half-Life 2® and WarCraft 3. Learn how to create levels and maps, skins, and maybe even whole new 3D objects to insert into the game.

Graphic Design with Photoshop
You'll create your own Web portfolio and learn about the creative world of advertising, photography, and illustration. You will have learned about the elements of good design while you unleash the power of Photoshop CS2.

Web Design
In this course, you make your own website! Learn how to add content, images, navigation, links, tables, sound, pop-ups, and image maps using Macromedia's Dreamweaver 8.

Flash Animation
Create interactive movies and fun games with the coolest animation software around – Adobe Flash CS3!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ready, Set, Go!

Okay everyone, it's official! Our contest registration form is now live and ready for applicants. Feel free to email a link to this blog to anyone who would like to win a free week at Cybercamps Academy for their child!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Free Week of Cybercamps!

Happy springtime, everyone!

I am so excited to be a part of the GC Jane group here at Cybercamps, a group of geeky girls spreading the word about our amazing summer programs. I've worked at this company for over three years and I would have loved to go to a camp like Cybercamps when I was a kid. Learning how to create my very own website, taking my own digital photos and finding out how to edit them myself, or even making my very own video game would have thrilled my little 11-year-old self.

I didn't have access to Cybercamps when I was growing up, but I am determined to make sure that kids today are able to come to our camps and be among their peers. One of the things I hear back from parents all the time are comments like: "Suzie always has a hard time fitting in at school, but at Cybercamps, she's surrounded by other kids who are just like her! They are all interested in computers and passionate about learning, helping each other, and having a blast. It's so great to see her gaining confidence and building lifelong friendships."

The GC Jane Mission is to help moms, dads, grandparents, teachers or even neighbors send their favorite child (or children!) to an incredible computer camp this summer. We've created a contest open to anyone who would like to WIN a free week at any of our nationwide Cybercamps programs! All you need to do is submit your name and either your email address or phone number on our Contest Registration page--it's that easy! We will pick our winner on May 15, 2008, so register soon!

A little bit about Cybercamps:

We have the only research-proven teaching methods available in a summer computer camp at all our 50 locations nationwide including UCLA, Stanford, MIT, Duke and many more. For youth this means tons of fun. For parents, it means that Cybercamps Academy is the best educational experience you can find.

We have programs for a wide variety of age groups:

  • Cybercamps: for kids ages 6-11 at Pump-it-Up locations all over the country
  • Cybercamps Academy: for ages 10-17 at universities and colleges nationwide
  • livewire at Walt Disney World: for ages 14-17.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Ciao for now!