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Digital Media Academy

Locations: Vancouver, BC; Montreal, QC; Little Italy, Toronto

Type:
Day & Overnight Camp
Categories:
Computer (multi)
Cost:
$399 to $3,000 USD/session
Age:
6 to 17
Gender:
Coed
Capacity:
50 to 500
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About this camp

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Empowering the Next Generation of Tech Makers and Thinkers!

At Digital Media Academy, we encourage and inspire kids and teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers and engineers! Our tech camps feature hands-on, project-based learning using the latest in virtual reality, wearable technology, robotics, 3D printing and more! 

Our Made By Girls initiative is dedicated to empowering girls through a specialized learning environment designed to increase confidence in coding and computer science.

Located at over 20 locations across the US and Canada, and offering over 60 courses in Digital Media, students will be sure to find, ignite and grow their passion. What will you create?

Camp Address
Vancouver, BC, Montreal, QC, Little Italy, Toronto

Camp Session Calendar (2017)

Choose camp location:
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Type/Gender
Specialty
Location
Date
Bus
Cost
Email
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 17
Computer (multi) $399 to $2,999
Little Italy,ON
27 King's College Circle
Jul 03-Aug 18$399 - $2,999
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 8
Computer (multi) $399 to $500
Little Italy,ON
27 King's College Circle
Jul 10-Aug 18$399 - $500
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 8 - 17
Computer (multi) $399 to $2,999
Vancouver,BC
2329 West Mall
Jul 10-28 $399 - $2,999
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 17
Computer (multi) $399 to $2,999
Montreal,QC
845 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Jul 31-Aug 18$399 - $2,999
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 6 - 8
Computer (multi) $399 to $500
Montreal,QC
845 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Jul 31-Aug 18$399 - $500

Upcoming Events July 03, 2017

upcoming events
  • July 03, 2017Digital Media Academy - UBC, Camp Starts!
    Digital Media Academy, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Join us Monday, July 03 from 09:00 am

    Digital Media Academy at University of British Columbia begins today! Congratulations on starting a great summer of fun, campers and staff!!! 


  • July 10, 2017Digital Media Academy - Toronto, Camp Starts!
    Digital Media Academy, 27 Kings College Circle, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Monday, July 10 from 09:00 am

    Digital Media Academy at University of Toronto begins today! Congratulations on starting a great summer of fun, campers and staff!!! 


  • July 31, 2017Digital Media Academy - McGill, Camp Starts!
    Digital Media Academy, 845 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
    Join us Monday, July 31 from 09:00 am

    Digital Media Academy at McGill begins today! Congratulations on starting a great summer of fun, campers and staff!!! 



Director's Message

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Founder and President, Phil Gibson

Founded in 2002 at Stanford University, DMA is an education company whose core business is developing and running technology camps and courses for kids, teens and adults at prestigious universities across Canada and the U.S.A. In addition to its summer programs, DMA offers year-’round learning via DMA Online. DMA instructors and curriculum developers include industry professionals and outstanding technology educators, who have a driving passion for inspiring, teaching and mentoring.

Our vision is to be the world leader in innovative technology education

 


Cost & Financial Aid

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Cost: $399 to $3,000 USD /session

Payment Options:

Credit card payment Yes

Discounts

Discount for 2nd child $50
Discount for 3rd child $50
Discount for 4th child $50

Scholarships & awards:

  • Made By Girls Scholarship

    Amount: 100% Deadline: March 31, 2016 annually
    Type: Merit based
    Age: 8 to 17
    Details: Five scholarships will be awarded to girls to attend a Made by Girls course of their choosing tuition-free at any site that is offering the course (subject to availability). Entrants must submit either an essay (500 word minimum) and/or a short video in response to the prompt: “I want to join Made by Girls because….” WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE? Students who identify as female ages 8 – 17 Girls residing in the United States or Canada There is no cost to entry and no prior coding experience required QUESTIONS? Contact [email protected] SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST TIMELINE Contest Entry Period: Entry submission begins January 1, 2016. All contest entries must be received no later than March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted. Judging Panel: Finalists will be graded by a panel of judges from Digital Media Academy. Winner Announced: The winners will be announced on May 16, 2016 on Made by Girls web page and contacted directly through the email and phone number supplied at entry.

    Application Details: Five scholarships will be awarded to girls to attend a Made by Girls course of their choosing tuition-free at any site that is offering the course (subject to availability). Entrants must submit either an essay (500 word minimum) and/or a short video in response to the prompt: “I want to join Made by Girls because….” WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE? Students who identify as female ages 8 – 17 Girls residing in the United States or Canada There is no cost to entry and no prior coding experience required QUESTIONS? Contact [email protected] SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST TIMELINE Contest Entry Period: Entry submission begins January 1, 2016. All contest entries must be received no later than March 31, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted. Judging Panel: Finalists will be graded by a panel of judges from Digital Media Academy. Winner Announced: The winners will be announced on May 16, 2016 on Made by Girls web page and contacted directly through the email and phone number supplied at entry.
  • Financial Aid Assistance

    Amount: $1,195 Deadline: Rolling annually
    Type: Need based
    Age: 6 to 17
    Details: APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON MARCH 1ST, 2016. DIGITAL MEDIA ACADEMY IS DEDICATED TO MAKING WORLD-CLASS DIGITAL MEDIA EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS OF ALL CIRCUMSTANCES AND MEANS. DMA AWARDS LIMITED TUITION ASSISTANCE BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED. You must apply and be granted a financial aid scholarship before you can sign up for a course. Any payments made toward a course before an application has been reviewed automatically disqualifies the applicant from receiving financial assistance. Financial Aid will only cover tuition (no meals, lab fees, housing etc). Applications are taken and evaluated on a first come, first served basis to qualifying individuals. Due to the demand for financial aid, we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. AN APPLICATION IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF TUITION ASSISTANCE.

    Application Details: APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON MARCH 1ST, 2016. DIGITAL MEDIA ACADEMY IS DEDICATED TO MAKING WORLD-CLASS DIGITAL MEDIA EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS OF ALL CIRCUMSTANCES AND MEANS. DMA AWARDS LIMITED TUITION ASSISTANCE BASED ON FINANCIAL NEED. You must apply and be granted a financial aid scholarship before you can sign up for a course. Any payments made toward a course before an application has been reviewed automatically disqualifies the applicant from receiving financial assistance. Financial Aid will only cover tuition (no meals, lab fees, housing etc). Applications are taken and evaluated on a first come, first served basis to qualifying individuals. Due to the demand for financial aid, we strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. AN APPLICATION IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF TUITION ASSISTANCE.

Stories & Testimonials

News

Coding Toys for Kids

There’s no denying it: When it comes to coding, there’s definite value in getting kids started earlier.

The benefits are many. Young kids who learn to code develop enhanced problem-solving skills, as well as improved attention to detail. In addition, learning to code teaches kids how to apply logic and how to stick to a task until it’s completed. Plus, there are important socialization benefits for kids who discover how to collaborate on coding projects.

And now, learning to program just became even easier, thanks to these cool coding toys:

HACKABALL

What It Is: A rubberized softball-sized orb equipped with internal lights, sounds, sensors and vibrating motors, synched to an app that controls the “light show”
Manufacturer: Made By Many
Suggested Price: $85
In a Nutshell: Featured in Time’s “25 Best Inventions of 2015,” the Hackaball appears to be a simple ball, but toss it to a group of kids and watch the fun begin.

The Hackaball lights up in various cool ways, enabling many games that kids normally love (“Hot Potato,” etc.). The ball also changes color, makes sounds and vibrates – working with a (free) app synched via Bluetooth to an iPhone or iPad.

The makers stress that the Hackaball is plenty rugged and can take the usual outdoor fun dished out by kids. The creators’ goal was to come up with a “connected” toy that would encourage both social interaction and outdoor recreation. Kids can pick up programming basics just by playing with the Hackaball.

The Hackaball is a hot idea and one that a lot of people believe in – Made By Many was able to raise more than a quarter-million dollars for the project through a Kickstarter campaign.

LITTLEBITS

What It Is: A platform of interconnecting electronic and computer components
Manufacturer: littleBits Electronics, Inc.
Suggested Price: Prices vary wildly, from the $99 Base Kit to the $4,999 Pro Library. Currently featured are the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit ($199.95, intended for young inventors), the Smart Home Kit ($249, for DIYers) and the STEAM Student Set ($299.95, for educators).
In a Nutshell: For decades, DIY electronics was literally a hot mess of stripped wires and molten solder. littleBits solves that basic problem by using clean, simple magnets to hold necessary parts together.

This turns the platform into a game-like business of connecting electronic building blocks. Another littleBits innovation – color coding, so young users always know that outputs carry a green tag, while wires are denoted by the color orange, etc.

There are 60 modules in the littleBits library and with these invention guides, kids can guide themselves through each project. This makes littleBits a pretty amazing tool to help kids start to learn how electronics operate.

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

What It Is: Next-gen robot-building platform
Manufacturer: LEGO
Suggested Price: $349.95
In a Nutshell: A longtime leader in tech toys, LEGO poured all its know-how into the Mindstorms EV3system.

The brain and heart of the system is the EV3 Brick, which thinks for the robot and supplies its power, and is equipped with color and touch sensors and a remote infrared beacon.

The basic EV3 kit contains more than 600 pieces, which can be shaped into various tech-robot creatures. While we can’t deny we love the crab-like SPIK3R, there’s nothing cooler than the robot snake SPIK3R, which slithers across surfaces, actually makes a rattle-like sound and has a wicked set of snapping fangs!

(At DMA we’re proud to feature LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics in selected summer robotics tech camps.)

CUBETTO

What It Is: A wood-based block game that instills coding skills in young learners
Manufacturer: Primo Toys
Suggested Price: The Cubetto Playset sells for $225, but is currently available for $145 on Kickstarter. Primo also offers educational discounts for sets of 4, 10 or 16 Cubetto Playsets.
In a Nutshell: It’s clear that Cubetto is no ordinary coding toy.

For one thing, it’s generally targeted at very early learners, from age 3 on up, so this game works well with any group of kids, even if they haven’t mastered reading yet.

Cubetto is the name of the game, as well as the name of the charming wooden robot at the center of the action. The game uses a wooden board as the interface or command line, and it’s through using this board that kids pick up the basics of coding.

The game was based on proven Montessori education principles and was tested by educators and parents; some 800 prototypes were sent out in more than 40 countries.

This is another great idea that’s been brought to life through a Kickstarter campaign, receiving $1.5 million in start-up funding.

LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN!

The countdown to summer vacation has begun, and if you’re a parent, you’re probably already planning what your kids will be doing.

Make it a summer well spent by giving your kid (ages 6-12) or teen (12-17) the learning experience of a lifetime, at any of DMA’s tech camp locations across the U.S. and Canada.

When your child begins coding early, it starts their adventure in programming. Come check out our DMA Adventures programs for young learners!


Refer-A-Friend to Save $50

Sign up for Summer Camp 2016 and tell your friends to come too. For each friend that registers you get a $50 credit, and your friend saves $50. Please visit our website now and browse the 50+ programs to choose from. 

To qualify, the friends you refer must be new to DMA and not have a previous account or have attended DMA. For each NEW referral who registers their child using their special referral code, they receive $50 off their registration. Tell parents at your child’s school (or heck, your whole soccer team)!

During your registration process, you will be given the option to refer friends by entering their name and email address. Enter your friends’ email addresses (there is no limit to the number of people you can refer, so enter as many email addresses as you like). Don’t worry; DMA does not sell or share email addresses. Read our privacy policy.

DMA will send each of your friends an email letting them know you have recommended Digital Media Academy. The email will include instructions on how they can receive a discount on camp using their Refer-a-Friend code. (For both of you to receive credit, the friend you refer must use the Refer-a-Friend code when registering.) 

Please visit our website for full details.


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News

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Camp Locations

  • Vancouver, BC
    2329 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z4
  • Montreal, QC
    845 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0G4
  • Little Italy, Toronto
    27 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario, M5S

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