Realizing there were several local athletic camps for one child but not as many educational camps for the other, Tarleton State University professor Dr. Julie Howell decided to do something about it, hence, iKids Tech Camp was born.

“I think there is a huge importance with getting kids active, but there are so many kiddos who would rather do other exercises,” Howell, who’s a professor of educational leadership and technology, said. “There are a million athletic camps and just not many others.”

iKds Tech Camp is for grades kindergarten-eighth and will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, at the Tarleton campus.

Howell wrote an application through Tarleton to receive funds for the camp and has partnered with The Maker Spot in the Dick Smith Library to rent equipment for coding, 3D printing, virtual reality and other projects for the kids to use.

“This is the first year so we have a lot of hope and so far it’s been widely accepted,” Howell said. “We’re really excited and have confidence in keeping a wide age range of kids interested.”

Campers will create their own design to be 3D printed, will use Google glasses to create their own virtual reality world, learn coding and Makerspace and even take a trip to the university’s planetarium.

“On Friday (the last day), we will do a come and go with parents so they can see all the projects their kids created,” Howell said. “Being a teacher for so many years I know at least 70 percent of the kids will create something different than what we give them an example of, and that’s exciting.”

iKids Tech Camp is $100 per student and those who register two or more can receive 10 percent off by using the code “techkids” at checkout. Participants should bring their own lunch, wear comfortable clothes and be ready for lots of creative fun.

Space is limited to 120 kids and registration can be done online by visiting bit.do/ikidscamp (is case sensitive).

For more information contact Howell at jhowell@tarleton.edu or 254-968-9818.