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Placerita welcomes all students

KidFlix and LEGO Robotics summer technology camps now open

Posted: July 3, 2009 8:34 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Students from KidFlix camp are taught about video production and careers in the film and television industry.

 

Placerita Junior High School's upcoming KidFlix and LEGO Robotics camps are now open to all students in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Robotics Camp is available to students entering fifth through eighth grades, and KidFlix Camp is open to students entering seventh and eighth grades.

For the past 11 years, only incoming seventh- and eight-grade students at Placerita Junior High School have had the opportunity to expand their knowledge in broadcast journalism and robotics through Placerita's Technology Camps.

The first week of camps, which runs from July 13 to July 17, offers beginning programs in both video production and LEGO Robotics. The second week, from July 20 to July 24, offers advanced programs in both topics.

Students can take any mix of the camps they would like.

The video production camp (KidFlix Camp, named after Placerita's in-house student-run television program) teaches students about video production and careers in the film and television industry.

Students involved in this camp will learn the basics about state-of-the art equipment including video cameras, video and audio mixers, and non-linear editors.

The LEGO Robotics camp allows students to design, build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits.

Student groups will use their imaginations to program their robots to solve challenging problems and will end the camp with a LEGO Mindstorm competition.

Students who attend the advanced second week of both KidFlix and Robotics camp will have the opportunity to travel to LegoLand in Carlsbad.

At LegoLand, Robotics students will learn directly from LEGO master builders about robot-building techniques, while KidFlix students will have the opportunity to create a video documentary about the park.

The cost of the beginner camps (from July 13 to July 17) is $100 per camp. The cost of advanced camps (from July 20 to July 24) is $150. Fees include the cost of materials, a camp T-shirt, daily snacks and, for advanced-camp students, transportation and tickets to LegoLand.

For more information about the camps, visit www.placeritatech.placeritajhs.org/Summer_Camp_Site/Summer_Home.html or e-mail Paul Kass, camp director, at pkass@hartdistrict.org.

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