Ranked the Summer STEM Program in Greater Boston (2018 & 2017)

NOTE: All 2019 summer tuitions are discounted $50/week (i.e. $200 for 4 weeks) for students enrolled by 4/30/2019!!!

3D Summer Tech Camp

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This past summer our flagship 3D Summer Tech Camp was again ranked the #1 co-ed 3D summer tech program for kids aged 10 to 18 in Massachusetts for the second year in a row. We have invested countless resources over the years to create a truly unique, as in genuinely one of a kind, 3D learning experience. Our curriculum has been designed by real world 3D animation specialists with experience at Disney, ESPN, EA Sports and national design firms. In our 3D Summer Tech Camp, students of course learn essential 3D modeling and animation skills that most programs teach. Our curriculums are also scripted to incorporate the latest in advanced digital, interactive, three dimensional and virtual / augmented reality technologies to supplement the traditional learning experience. This is why kids enjoy learning in our summer programs. Kids love using our state-of-the-art technologies which keeps them focused and engaged. Our 3D Summer Tech Camp is the perfect program for beginner and marginally experienced students interested in all facets of 3D design & animation. Remember if your child is interested in a particular 3D discipline like 3D for virtual & augmented reality, character animation and/or 3D printing we also offer summer programs in those specific disciplines.

This past summer our flagship 3D Summer Tech Camp was again ranked the #1 co-ed 3D summer tech program for kids aged 10 to 18 in Massachusetts for the second year in a row. We have invested countless resources over the years to create a truly unique, as in genuinely one of a kind, 3D learning experience. Our curriculum has been designed by real world 3D animation specialists with experience at Disney, ESPN, EA Sports and national design firms. In our 3D Summer Tech Camp, students of course learn essential 3D modeling and animation skills that most programs teach. Our curriculums are also scripted to incorporate the latest in advanced digital, interactive, three dimensional and virtual / augmented reality technologies to supplement the traditional learning experience. This is why kids enjoy learning in our summer programs. Kids love using our state-of-the-art technologies which keeps them focused and engaged. Our 3D Summer Tech Camp is the perfect program for beginner and marginally experienced students interested in all facets of 3D design & animation. Remember if your child is interested in a particular 3D discipline like 3D for virtual & augmented reality, character animation and/or 3D printing we also offer summer programs in those specific disciplines.

Last summer we were also honored to have been selected, from all the tech programs in the Greater Boston area, to host a group of about a dozen teens visiting Boston from Beijing China in our 3D Summer Tech Camp. It was an overwhelming success. Our students have new freinds & pen pals for life. This coming summer we will host teens from China again as well as students from New Dehli, India & South America. More to come very soon.

Kids Digital U (aka Newton Animations) has been a pioneer in computer programming, 3D design & animation, video gaming, 3D printing, virtual & augmented reality and digital arts learning systems & other experiences for kids. Our 3D Summer Tech Camp draws on the very basics of all of these particulars (click on the related links above for more about our programs in specific disciplines). Specifically kids learn the basics of 3D design & animation from scratch. Kids are provided an overview of how to design a 3D object from scratch and how to position, scale and rotate that object in three dimensional space via the X, Y & Z axis. Kids then learn how to parent a group of raw objects into a 3D design and animate their project via key frames over a timeline. By the end of the first day kids know how to parent a set of eyes, nose and mouth to a head. They animate the head going from the left side of the screen to the right side while the eyes look up and down in synch (the eyes, nose and mouth follow the head). Students who have been with us since the beginning 3 years ago still do this basic exercise at the start of every class. Students then learn to make a simple solar system project with the moon rotating around the earth while the earth rotates around a sun. It is a very rare circumstance a student is unable to learn these simple yet very important skill sets via our program by the end of their first day…or at worst the second morning. It has been our experience that when a student can accomplish these projects they are very much on their way. We then get into the more fun functionality of today’s 3D systems. Over the rest of the week kids learn how to use deformers to make their objects do goofy things (like bend, twist, melt, explode etc.). As the week progresses we get into creating materials (using color, reflection, lighting, even hair), introducing intermediate tools like cloning objects, using physics tools to emulate gravity and how to make engaging text driven projects. Kids learn how to package their projects and render them to an actual video that can be shared with others or uploaded to YouTube or other social media. The first part of every morning and afternoon is usually focused on learning via practicing on a PC while the latter half of the mornings and afternoons are focused on using the advanced 3D technologies in our animation studio whether learning how to set up a 3D print, exporting an animation project to our virtual reality systems or using motion capture to create a 3D character animation. Students with us for 2 weeks will learn the more advanced functionality of all of our systems.

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What Exactly Will Child Do Every at Kids Digital U's 3D Summer Tech Camp?

As noted we offer students a number of advanced technologies to incorporate into their learning experience while attending our 3D Summer Tech Camp. Students try all of them but tend to focus or major, for lack of a better word, on one of them over the week. The following provides an overview, broadly speaking, of our one week 3D Summer Tech Camp curriculum. Where it notes “ADVANCED TECH” we are referring to one of these advanced technologies (i.e. augmented reality or motion capture):

Monday (Day One)

Students are introduced to basic 3D concepts including how to create a new 3D object (like a cube, sphere or pyramid) and position, scale & rotate their object over a three dimensional grid over a series of frames (30 frames = 1 second of animated video). This is where students learn our solor system & head projects. The objective is basic animation skills & techniques.

3D modeling. Students learn to group (or parent) a group of objects to create a simple light saber and/or hair brush. Students learn basic polygon strategy to design a nose from a sphere (to make a head/face). The use of materials (colors, surface bumps and hair) are introduced.

Students first introduction to an ADVANCED TECH like augmented reality, light painting or motion capture).

By the end of the day students are able to create simple 3D objects that can be printed overnight in our lab.

Tuesday (Day Two)

Students learn design & animation tools called deformers to make their objects do things like bend, twist, bulge, melt & explode (dozens of tools & strategies) consistent to today’s advanced 3D programs.

Students learn how to convert their creations from a 3D project to a virtual reality platform like the HTC Vive or Occulus Rift.

Students second introduction to an ADVANCED TECH like augmented reality, light painting or motion capture).

Each student, sharing a 3D printer with at most one other student, learns how to convert their 3D project to a file that can be read by today’s high end 3D printers. Students learn to set up a 3D printed project from scratch.

Students third introduction to an ADVANCED TECH like augmented reality, light painting or motion capture).

Wednesday (Day Three)

Students are introduced to more complex animation techniques including the use of Cinema 4D’s physics tools to emulate gravity, wind and tides as well as strategies to be certain the tools act as intended (so for example all 30 apples do not fall from a tree in the same exact manner).

Students fourth introduction to an ADVANCED TECH.

Perhaps the most fun pure 3D design & animation lesson of the week. Students learn all facets of using 3D text in 3D animation. Students learn every trick in the book for amazing messaging. By this time in our program students are able to use all the techniques learned to date to make stunning & engaging text animation.

Students last introduction to an ADVANCED TECH. After this students invest the rest of the week learning 3D for the ADVANCED TECH of their choice.

Thursday (Day Four)

We invest most of the morning reviewing all of the tools, techniques and concepts learned week to date.

The class breaks into sub-groups depending on each student’s advanced technology of choice .

Students create an animation project and learn how to turn their project into a mobile flip book. This is essentially something they can take home with them as an example of what they have learned over the week.

Students learn the concept of emitters which are popular in all 3D, 2D & video game applications. Emitters are great tools to make smoke trails, rain and snow.

All groups are shown how their projects can be downloaded into post production systems like Adobe After Effects. Students learn strategies to minimize file size and time to render their animation projects. The render farm concept is explained.

Friday (Day Five)

Students, now all comfortable with basic 3D. learn the more complex tools in their advanced technology of choice to create stunning three dimensional projects or experiences.

Students review our content library which is made up of literally hundreds of professional 3D models and animation projects for their personal use.

Basic character animation concepts are explained including the use of joint tools to create a skeleton that is then bound to a bipedal (or human) body.

Other Information & the Answer To a Popular Question

We offer weekly, bi-weekly, 4 & 8 week summer programs for students grades 5 & up and grades 8 & up all summer long. A student in grade 4 may enroll in any summer program open to students in grade 5 & up all summer long as long as he/she has an older sibling attending the same program the same week. Our summer programs start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM every day but Friday. Students are usually picked up between 4:00 & 4:30 PM. On Fridays our program ends at about 3:30 PM but students may of course still stay until 4:30 PM. We do go outside daily after lunch for 30 to 45 minutes to a nearby park to horse around, play tag, throw a frisbee and play other games. Students bring their own lunches, drinks and snacks. We maintain plenty of water and simple foods like goldfish & pretzels in a small kitchen area with plenty of refrigerator space. Students have a morning snack at about 10:30 AM, lunch at noon and an afternoon snack at about 2:45 PM. Of course your kids can grab a bowl of goldfish and/or pretzels whenever they might be hungry. We rotate daily activities every 60 to 90 minutes depending on the subject matter at hand. Students are never seated in our computer lab for more than an hour.

Please note we have students with severe food allergies. We maintain a nut & shellfish (of any kind), sesame, kiwi (yes kiwi the fruit) and an avacado/guacamole free studio.

We do offer an early drop off program where students may be dropped off at 7:30 AM and a late pick up option where students may stay to 6:00 PM. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need an early drop off and/or late pick up so we can staff accordingly (our staff generally arrives at 8:30 AM and leaves at 4:45 PM for the day).

Students in all of our summer programs, no matter the subject matter, receive an 18 month student license to Cinema 4D R20 and literally hundreds of professional 3D design & animation projects for their personal use. There is no other program in New England that offers the same.

A common question we get from parents/guardians is whether to invest in one, two or four weeks of our 3D Summer Tech Camp for their child/children. We encourage two weeks when possible. This is especially the case for beginner students because for roughly 90% of our students it is on the 4th day of our program that everything begins to “click” for them. Remember we’ve made enormous investments in advanced interactive, three dimensional and digital technologies that are incorporated into our core curriculum that students very much enjoy. Our systems keep students very focused, engaged and enthusiastic. They genuinely delight in learning and thrive. For example kids just love using our virtual reality technologies to digitally interact within their own 3D projects. It is an incredible three dimensional experience. When students finally start to “get it” on the 4th day they have only one more day to hone their new skills. When they are here for two weeks not only do they learn more by more instruction and practice but usually they also (almost always) incorporate a second advanced system into their work flow. For example using motion capture to create a physics based virtual reality experience.

We are open 50 weeks per year. We close the week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas & New Years. Hence please feel free to call us 7 days a week year round at 781-708-1255.

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