A company, GoldieBlox, has made headlines recently with their brilliant TV ad and its message of empowering girls, specifically in the engineering field. TIC is all about that and more! Take a look at this NY Times article, which highlights some great technology gifts and check out at the GoldieBlox TV ad if you haven’t already; it’s quite impressive!
We are excited to announce that Emily Schwartz will return to TIC VA as site director! This will be her 6th season at TIC and her 3rd as Site Director. As a seasoned veteran, Emily will continue to bring her undeniable leadership skills and her huge smile and camp spirit day in and day out. Since summer, Emily has begun a masters of public policy at Georgetown University and will soon intern at the Senate HELP committee doing Education Policy work, but will grace TIC with her presence in summer 2014!
TIC Summer Camp is pleased and proud to announce that Dan Morais has joined our year round team as the Program Coordinator. Dan graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and is originally from Washington, D.C. He recently moved “back home” after working in Boston in youth development for the last four years. Most notably, he has worked at TIC for the last nine summers, progressing through the ranks as athletic counselor, athletic director, assistant director and spent the last three seasons as the TIC-MD Site Director.
In the off-season, he spent several years as a Program Coordinator for Playworks in Boston. Playworks is a non-profit organization that believes in the power of play to make kids, schools and communities stronger using team building, social development and problem solving skills. During his time with Playworks he won Rookie of the Year in Metro Boston and was a finalist for National Rookie of the Year in 2009.In his spare time, he loves to run and has coached soccer, basketball and volleyball for both boys and girls. Dan is looking forward to looking behind the curtain and seeing how TIC operates on the off-season. He will be providing his vast experience and knowledge with kids of all ages to help enhance the TIC programs, as well as marketing and recruiting staff.
The last day of camp called for something special, so this morning TIC-MD gathered all the campers for a pie contest between tech counselors Robin and Toby. Much to everyone’s surprise, though, it was not a pie eating contest, but a pi contest, with Robin and Toby competing to see who could name more digits of pi. Then, after Toby bowed out, the pies got put to good use — one ending up in site director Dan’s face and the other in assistant director Branden’s face. Several hours later, they both still smell like whipped cream. For video from the event, click below!
During the 4th and final session at TIC-VA, we challenged our counselors to help their campers create something amazing. Programming counselor, Collin (with some help from Martin), decided to recruit some of the other tech disciplines to help with the creation of his campers’ videogames. With help from Digital Arts, Digital Music, and Animation, Collin’s Senior Programmers created two videogames complete with startup menus, animated characters, soundtracks, and cover art. The final product was truly extraordinary, especially considering they were completed in the span of two weeks. These two games, Survival Island and Egg Rescue, are sure to hit the shelves of your local Best Buy by 2018. Check out the video below to see how it all came together!
Waking up to an unseasonably chilly August morning, TIC-MD athletics counselors Byron and Malachi decided that nothing would be better to get the blood flowing for both campers and counselors then to begin the day with a relay competition. So, the two counselors set to work organizing 16 of the counselors into four teams of sprinters. And, then, once all the campers had arrived, the racers were off — rounding the track to much applause. To check out a Vangelis-scored video of the event, click on the video below!
Also, be sure to check out more pictures from the day over at our TIC PICS site!
For its final Monday FUNday, TIC Maryland turned to an old favorite — jersey day. Participation was incredibly high, and everywhere you turned was another jersey. Lionel Messi, Alex Ovechkin, RGIII — all the stars were at MD! To check out pictures from the day, head over to our TIC PICS gallery.
As the summer winds down, we have captured a few final scenes from around camp. Please enjoy!
For the final Monday FUNday of 2013 at TIC-VA, we celebrated Halloween…in August! Campers dressed up in a variety of different costumes, ranging from witches and skeletons to princesses and storm troopers. It’s a little warmer in August than on October 31st, so some campers had to ditch the costumes during Athletics activities. Regardless, it was a ton of fun and we appreciate the widespread participation. For a gallery of some the Monday FUNday photos, check out our TIC PICs by clicking here.