What Makes Digital Media Academy the World’s Best Summer Camp?

By Phill Powell

Ever since the rise of the computer, education has been in a state of constant change. Technology has revolutionized not only what we know, but also how we learn. Even the core subjects that make up a good education have changed.

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Once it was considered essential for students to learn foreign languages. Now it’s much more important that a kid be able to “speak code” (i.e., learn how to write computer programs). And learning how to code is as important these days as understanding math.

Coding is an essential skill that’s the major activity in many well-paying jobs. It’s a highly marketable skill today and one that labor experts are expecting will still be in strong demand for decades to come. In other words, coding leads to careers.

It Starts with S.T.E.M.
Smart educators (and parents) realize that for a child to be truly educated in the 21st Century, he or she needs to have a strong foundation in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

That’s why summer tech camps (like Digital Media Academy) that teach S.T.E.M. subjects are so important. DMA gives creative kids and teens a perfect chance to concentrate on their chosen S.T.E.M.-based subject and meet other kids and teens who share their creative passion.

The DMA Difference
S.T.E.M.-based learning is at the core of Digital Media Academy’s mission. Ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world (and only technology camp on that list), DMA is critically acclaimed for making a difference in young people’s lives. And here are four more reasons why DMA is “the World’s Best Summer Camp”:

  • Founded at Stanford University No other summer or technology camp has this heritage. DMA’s president and company founder, Phil Gibson, is a former technology educator at Stanford University, where DMA was launched in 2002. (Stanford remains DMA’s flagship location.)
  • Instructors are Tech Experts and Industry Professionals Quality instruction starts with recruiting top teaching talent. DMA’s lead instructors are tech experts and industry professionals who work in the same areas they teach, and understand how to really connect with kids and teens and inspire their best efforts.
  • Personalized Learning DMA offers the lowest student-to-staff ratios in the industry, with ratios of 6:1 for DMA’s Adventure programs (for ages 6 to 12) and ratios of 7:1 for DMA teen summer camp courses (ages 12 to 17). This means that DMA students not only get hands-on instruction, but are guided by teachers who can give them quality one-on-one time, which often makes the difference between a kid halfway understanding an important concept and truly getting it.
  • The Best Technology Available DMA is partnered with Fortune 100 companies like Canon, the world leader in imaging equipment and Adobe. DMA students use the latest versions of the hottest software around, so the course information students learn is always the freshest and most comprehensive.

But don’t just take our word for it. In addition to being ranked by worth.com as one of the ten best summer camps in the world, DMA has also been featured in The New York Times and Nintendo Power (Nintendo’s own video game publication) in an article about how to get a job in the video game industry. What’s the first step? Taking a DMA summer camp course that teaches video game design!