Philadelphia, PA, (PRWEB) February 9, 2006
A few years ago, at age 14, Vera seemed to be an average 9th grade student attending a private high school in Pennsylvania. While busy acclimating to the new pressures of high school, she was enjoying her classes and making new friends. However, Vera’s ambition to succeed far exceeds the average high school student. Not only was Vera an accomplished pianist who played at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, this honor student also danced in the 2000 Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of the “Nutcracker.”
In addition, Vera was hired as a web designer since age 14. After attending a web design course at one of the highly acclaimed summer camps in Pennsylvania, iD Tech Camps (http://www.internalDrive.com), on the Villanova University campus, Vera found a new love for technology and the skills she needed to be hired to design and maintain the Urban Man page of the Philadelphia Urban Solutions website. iD Tech Camps provides hands-on technology summer camp programs for ages 7-17 at 40 prestigious university campuses nationwide, including the Villanova University and Carnegie Mellon University campuses in Pennsylvania.
Vera’s mother, Yvonne, not only recognized Vera’s strengths in the arts, but also encouraged the importance of technology in today’s society. She chose to send her daughter to iD Tech Camps as an overnight camper to get the experience of being away from home at a prestigious university while introducing her to web design. Vera had a working knowledge of computers, yet was a beginner in web design. Vera was able to work at her own pace because the program offers personalized attention with a 6:1 student to instructor ratio. “The instructors at iD Tech Camps were nice, encouraging, and down to earth. I looked up to them,” said Vera. She jumped right in and in one week, Vera created a website about a professional basketball player who worked his way up through the trenches, which her mom thought was excellent. “The site was clean, to the point, had nice colors to it, and looked really professional,” said Yvonne.
After seeing the professional web design skills Vera had acquired, Yvonne hired her as a web designer for her company, Philadelphia Urban Solutions, a health education, prevention, and outreach program geared towards youth ages 12 to 20. The Urban Solutions website has a cartoon character mascot named Urban Man who lives in the city and uses brain power to get by. Urban Man delivers certain life principles like friendship, loyalty, and integrity. Vera’s job was to write about the subject and create the site using that theme.
Vera was paid for her time working with her mother, just like Yvonne would have paid any other web designer to maintain the site. “When Vera starts looking at colleges, it will be a unique gift to have web design skills that will give her a competitive advantage.” says Yvonne. Of course, Yvonne is looking forward to sending Vera’s younger sister to iD Tech Camps.
How does Vera, who integrates web design in her class curriculum projects, feel about her new found passion for technology? “I learned a skill where I can gain respect and now earn extra money.”
About iD Tech Camps - InternalDrive
Founded in 1999, iD Tech Camps - InternalDrive provides hands-on technology summer camps for boys and girls ages 7-17 at 40 prestigious universities in 19 states. The summer camps in Pennsylvania are located on the Carnegie Mellon University and Villanova University campuses and many other campus locations including Northwestern University, Lake Forest College, Vassar College, Emory University, Stanford University and more. At these day and overnight camps, students produce digital movies, create video games, design web pages, learn programming and robotics, and more. The hands-on, project-based programs offer one computer per student with an average of 6 students per instructor. Each student completes a project at the end of the week-long program. Apple, Adobe, Canon, Microsoft, Macromedia, HP, Photoflex, Roxio and others have partnered with iD Tech Camps to raise the bar in technology education. Visit http://pennsylvania.internaldrive.com or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) for additional information about iD Tech summer camps in Pennsylvania.
Media contact: Karen Thurm Safran, iD Tech Camps, 408-666-8353
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