Innovative Courses for Hi- Tech Kids

Welcome to FUTUREKIDS Ottawa!

Since 1996, FUTUREKIDS Ottawa has been a leader in providing computer camps and workshops for kids in the Ottawa area. FUTUREKIDS combines the latest technology and software with experienced, certified teachers to deliver an enriched technology program where kids learn to master computers in a fun environment. Our approach emphasizes small group instruction, co-operative learning and motivating kids to learn and producing a sense of achievement through creating spectacular projects.

Nearly 20,000 campers, both those serious about a career in computer technology and those who just want to explore what computers can do, have attended FUTUREKIDS in the past. We have grown by word-of-mouth, repeat campers and because we offer:

  • traditional camp activities

  • several convenient & safe locations

  • Kids learn while they have FUN!

 

We offer fun & educational COMPUTER CAMPS throughout the Ottawa area using the latest technologies and taught by Ontario Certified teachers.

News

June 12 -all City of Ottawa specialty Summer camps and all RA Centre camps have been canceled
 
March 5 -all City of Ottawa Summer camps are open for registration. Recreation Guide here.
Our complete Summer schedule can be accessed through our Calendar link
 
RA Centre summer camp registration is on - information here
March Break registration starts with our partner,  the City of Ottawa  Jan. 15. There will be locations in Kanata, Nepean and Riverside South.
 
Unlike previous years, we will not be running After School Programs to allow more time to make the Summer of 2020 the best yet with two new camps and huge upgrades to many of our other camps.
 

Summer Locations

We have 7 locations in the Ottawa area run with a camp partner (

  • all camps have pre & post supervision at no charge.

  • choice of two camps at each locations

  • all camps half day computers instruction + half day Day camp provided by our camp partner

  • Prices reflect a camp run during a 5-day week. Camps are less for Canada Day and Civic Holiday weeks

  • REGISTRATION:

    • In person at a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre for our City locations or the RA Centre

    • by phone during business hours

    • Online: City of Ottawa - RA Centre

NEPEAN: Berrigan PS - 199 Berrigan Dr. - (613) 727-2683

KANATA: Glen Cairn Community Centre - 186 Morrena Dr. - (613) 580-2570

RIVERSIDE SOUTH: Rideauview Community Centre - 4310 Shoreline Dr. - (613) 822-7887

GLEBE: Old Ottawa South Community Centre - 260 Sunnyside Ave. - (613) 247-4946

RA CENTRE - 2451 Riverside Dr. - (613) 733-5100 [Registration link]

St. Laurent Complex - 525 Cote St (near St. Laurent/McArthur) -(613) 742-6767

ORLEANS: Fallingbrook PS -679 Deancourt Ave. - (613) 580-4765

to see a week by week schedule of what camps are run each week by location, click here

 

Courses

No matter what area of computer technology your son/daughter might be interested in - we have the camp for them! Camps are week long and tend to focus on one or two technology areas..

  • Recommended ages are guidelines only. It is also a factor of current grade and day camp age range

  • We usually recommend campers do not repeat camps, especially in the same summer, so they learn skills in a variety of technology areas

 

Minecraft Mania I (ages 7-9)

The name says it all! Learn computer skills in programming, animation, web creation and graphics. You'll be creating your own Minecraft® themed web site that will be published online, comic book and an interactive cartoon game that can be played online with your friends. You can even tell your parents you're going to camp to learn stuff!

Lego  Robotics I (ages 9-12)

If you like LEGO you’ll love Robotics camp!

As a young programmer and engineer you’ll build machines out of LEGO parts - including gears, wheels, motors, lights, sound elements and a variety of sensors - then hook them to a computer and control them with programs you write yourself.

Parents: All Robotics courses are an excellent introduction to programming and require no computer or Lego experience. In addition to learning how robots interact with their environment, students will learn programming basics that even include designing a GUI (graphical user interface) so parents can control their kid's robots at the end of camp Open House.

Scratch Game Mania  (ages 8-10)

In Scratch Game Mania campers will be exploring game programming using the popular Scratch software developed by MIT.  The Futurekids will make 3 awesome games to help learn transferable and crucial programming logic such as if-else statements, variables, loops and more using block-based programming so their creativity will not be held back by a cumbersome and overwhelming text environment.  At the end of the week they will design and create their own games using what they’ve learned with our instructors and be able to take them home to share with friends and family.

DIGITAL MOVIE MAKER  (ages 10-14)

Star Wars meets Harry Potter meets The Avengers!! Campers, ( aka the "the movie crew") will star in an epic movie trailer filled with action and Special Effects. This camp covers pre-production planning, shooting as well as post-production; sequencing, editing, adding sound and music, titles, and credits. The coolest part will be when campers are introduced to how movie special effects from their favourite movies are created. You will see how lasers, explosions, superhero powers and fire can be created! The movie will use footage filmed at camp as well as video created using 'CG' (Computer Generated) effects.

At the end of camp, your finished product will be burned onto DVD or MP4 file and you get to take the software home so you can make your own movies with special FX and then upload them to YouTube to share with friends.

Arduino Robotics Extreme  (ages 11-14)

Take the step up from Lego! Kids will explore robotics and electronics with the hugely popular Arduino Uno. You will build various projects and learn advanced programming skills, basic electronics and circuitry and program an advanced robotic car to solve various challenges.

In Arduino-Robo Extreme the Futurekids will build transferable knowledge of:

  • + Programming structures such as loops, if/else, and variables, among others

  • + Electronic components and circuitry involving motors, leds, wiring diagrams

  • + And Engineering/Prototyping skills and applying them to practical applications

 

At the end of the week for our open house the Futurekids will be showing off their projects to family and friends as they apply the skills they’ve gained throughout the week to a final engineering challenge.

Toon Game Factory   (ages 11-14*)

(New for 2020) Get started on a career in animation. Learn essential animation principles to create animated characters and then bring them to life. Part of the focus will be creating graphics (sprites) for 2D game development and using them in an actual game you can take home. See how awesome results can be achieved without being an artist.

Pokémon XP (ages 8-10)

This camp for Pokemega Fans features the opportunity to learn some game making basics along with 2D graphics and animations while connecting with like minded Pokemon enthusiasts! During the week of programming campers will be making three cool projects; your own customized trading card, a cartoon animation and an awesome Pokémon® style game.

Claymation Mania  (ages 8-11)

Create your own character to star in this summer's big blockbuster. Campers will have the opportunity to create their own Claymation/Stop Motion movie. This process includes story board development, creation of claymation characters, building of set and props, instruction in digital claymation filming video editing and special effects.Your imagination’s the limit, as you make little creatures and then force them to do your bidding.  Campers have the choice whether to use traditional clay characters or use Lego® minifigures (campers are allowed to bring in their own Lego® or any poseable figures they want to bring to life. We also have a big collection of Lego® Star Wars figures) or Minecraft figures.  In either case sound and special effects (more emphasis will be on special fx than in previous years) can be added to their movies including getting their characters to fly. The software we use can be used by kids as well as professional studios. In fact it is a partner of Aardman Animations Ltd., the makers of Wallace & Gromit as well as having been used by numerous animators to make Oscar winning and nominated films. Parents: This camp is a very 'hands-on' camp and though less technical than our other computer camps.

Web Mania  (ages 10-14)

In this course, kids will create their own website about their favourite musical artist, movie or book using the latest tools for creating multimedia sites using animation and streaming sound. The use of Adobe Dreamweaver will be emphasized as the main authoring applications. You'll also learn professional web design techniques from image maps, slicing , rollovers, JavaScript, and many more. You'll create your own homepage interface, customs graphics and backgrounds as well as animated GIFs using Adobe Photoshop Elements. This could be the start of your own web design company.

The final site will be published on the Internet at the end of camp.

RPG Maker Extreme  (ages 10-14)

Your Quest Begins Here!
Develop your own strategies, fantasy characters and secret quests. You'll learn to design your own worlds to make two different looking Role Playing Games. This course develops problem-solving skills and will stretch your imagination.  Campers of all skill levels create their own virtual worlds, challenging quests, complex environments, models, dungeons and buildings and their won characters.  A copy of the games created during the week can be taken home and new this year, your game can be exported to a wide variety of platforms including Windows, Mac and Android/iOS.

App Maker Game Design  (ages 11-14)

(New for 2020) – In this camp you will take the next step and design and program your very own  games using the professional game engine Unity, which was used to make nearly half of all mobile games.  Get introduced to the essential game design concepts including game asset creation, programming basics, the Unity development environment and designing a mobile app. It is recommended for 11 year olds that they have taken Game Maker Extreme or Minecraft Modding first.

Lego EV3 Robotics Extreme  (ages 8-10)

Kids will explore the exciting world of robotics and create robots that can interact with their environment and solve a variety of challenges by adding a variety of sensors and motors. Kids are given a variety of design problems that are fun and challenging with a sumo competition at the end of camp.

3D Game programmer Jr  (ages 8-10)

Design your own 3D arcade games! Create your own 3D worlds, choose a character and enemies, then program your game. We'll guide you through four different PC games that can be taken home and shared with your friends and best of all you get the software to create your own games at home. Games made can use either a mouse, touch interface or a XBOX-style controller.

Game Maker Extreme  (ages 10-14)

Want to make your own video game this summer? Campers go through the creative game-making process from the designing stage to completing game that will be taken home and played or developed further. You’ll create a complex, realistic video game with everything from health meters to collision detection. You'll create your own graphics and use them in your game. This course is user-friendly, exciting and challenging and is perfect for aspiring game designers or those who just love to play games and see what is involved in making them . Emphasis will be on planning, game design and logic so they can progress to making their own games at home. Our teachers are the most experienced in the area using this software - one has even worked for a game company.  Hey parents: You'll be glad to know the software used in the camp will be distributed to the kids along with their completed games, so they can continue to work on their games or create new ones. Programming environment is object oriented and supports scripts and a variety of advanced features!

3D Modeling Factory (ages 11-14)

UPDATED for 2020: You will learn skills in 3D modeling and animation and learn how a 3D printer works by printing one of your creations. Gain new skills in modeling characters and assets for a 3D game and see them animated and in action in a real game you can take home.  Model an alien, light saber and a game character.

! This camp enables kids to work with cutting edge technology to better help them prepare for their futures.

MINECRAFT MODDING EXTREME 
(ages 11*-14)

Campers will create their own Minecraft® ‘Mod’ to create their own blocks, items, weapons & creatures while learning to code in JAVA, one of the world’s most popular programming languages.

The goal of the camp is to have kids learn the most important concepts of object-oriented computer programming in a fun and engaging manner.

11 years old: It is highly recommended campers have taken one of our other programming camps and as a minimum completed Grade 6.

  •  Why should you learn Java? Minecraft was built with Java code!

 

to see a week by week schedule of what camps are run each week by location, click here

 

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