School may be out but Google and Maker Media are encouraging kids to engage in summer learning through a free, online summer camp.
Research spanning 100 years reveals that kids experience learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer.
Beginning July 7, Google and Maker Media (of Maker Faire) are launching the 3rd edition of Maker Camp for kids 13 years and older, hosted on Google+.
Instead of simply reading a textbook or working through math problems, kids can learn through virtual interactives.
Throughout the six weeks, kids can pick and choose themed projects, and build things like soda bottle rockets. The camp will also include webcasted field trips with the likes of Lego, Google’s self-driving car and Blue Man Group.
To join, teens simply need to create a Google+ profile and follow MAKE on G+.
For kids who cannot access the Internet or want to get engaged with other kids in their community, 500 libraries, schools and museums across the country are hosting camps.
A few of the hosting camps will be located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Locations include the Boys and Girls Club of Hood County, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and Red Oak Makerspace.
For a full list of hosting camps visit www.makercamp.com.