WE’VE BEEN REALLY BUSY.
The Steve & Kate’s Innovation Lab is a crackerjack team of hackers, designers, Harvard learning scientists, improv comics, executive chefs, real-life kids, and many more. This tireless bunch is tasked with pushing the limits of our summer program so that your kid can push their limits all summer long.
Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re cooking up for 2017:
A DIGITAL CREATIVE HUB
Since the iPad first launched, we’ve been at the forefront of using apps to deepen our campers’ learning, whether custom-built or best-in-class from third parties. And while individual apps can store and share work, it’s always been super clunky, and we’ve never had one seamless way to both share kids’ creative projects and offer them inspiration and tools to push their learning even further.
This year, our technology team is embarking on an ambitious multi-year project to create a digital creative platform where campers can store and share all of their work. Starting this summer, campers in Fashion and Film will be able see other campers’ works within the platform and access on-demand tools and inspiration that will push their creative projects even further.
We look forward to using this digital hub to deepen your child’s creative learning journey at every step!
ROBOTS THAT SOLVE PROBLEMS
It wasn’t always easy to know how to get started with last year’s robots. Our new robots are easy to pick up, and impossible to put down. Kids can build their own robots that can think and feel their way through obstacles, challenging campers to push their logical and creative problem-solving skills to the limit, and beyond.
SPINNING UP A STORM
We’re introducing a brand new DJ station that puts professional-grade music-mixing technology in the palm of your kid’s hands. With simple controls, campers can experiment with their favorite songs by spinning, mixing, and layering sounds from the rest of our music studio.
(Sorry, costs associated with any worldwide album tours are not included in camp fees.)
STORY TOOLS FOR STORYTELLERS
Our custom-built animation stations are now being equipped with a vastly more powerful third-party app with more features, cooler special effects, and fewer bugs. We’re also doubling down on Lego characters, hosting animation and live-action film tutorials, and adding weekly themes to inspire the imaginations of our storytellers.
THE POWER OF PLAY
We all know that play is crucial to a child’s creative and social development. So we figured, why not dedicate an entire space to it? Every Steve & Kate’s is now equipped with a Game Room, featuring Just Dance, Just Sing, foosball, table games, and plenty more opportunities to play just for the sake of play.
PICKY FOOD FOR PICKY EATERS
Our executive chef is on a mission to do the seemingly impossible: he’s creating a healthy, globally-inspired menu of lunches that picky eaters will actually eat. (We’re still figuring out if we can serve flying pigs.) Chef Ryan is in the process of sourcing delicious and nutritious hand-held munchies appealing to all tastes and dietary restrictions, giving your kiddo the freedom to explore and develop their palates at their own pace.
A TRULY EPIC SURPRISE
When you’re designing for kids, sometimes you’ve got to think like a kid. That’s why every Steve & Kate’s location features three show-stoppers: things like inflatable slip ‘n’ slides, electric go-karts and giant inflatable hamster balls (equipment will differ by location; check your site’s location page in the New Year to see what will be offered).
Last year, the logistical challenges of moving these around on a weekly basis meant that sometimes, they weren’t there. This year, we’re investing in keeping our Specials on site year-round to make sure they’re operating 100% of the time. Isn’t that special?
THE CUTTING EDGE
When we don’t build it ourselves, we work with partners to bring the most fun products we can find to camp. This summer, we are excited about new pilots in both music and robotics.
Wurrly EDU will bring high quality recording tools into our singing booths, campers will animate lego creations using the logic of Cubelets, and at many sites, Circuit Cubes will switch on electronic building fundamentals.