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Active Learning conducts week-long day camps around the country specializing in chess, video game design and computer-based animation. Camps are held at schools, churches and community centers from Massachusetts to Oregon. There are a wide variety of formats allowing students to spend a full day on a particular interest or divide their days between two areas of interest. There are half-day options also.  

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USA Chess is the largest and premier chess camp organizer for children in the U.S. Founded in 1997, USA Chess has grown from one camp in Dallas, TX to more than 100 camps across the United States!  Active Learning also teaches chess in over 65 school chess programs in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Washington DC. The Chess program is recommended for students 8 – 15.

Gamebuilder Video Creation camps teaches students to make their own video game using Gamemaker, Gamemaker Studio software or Kodu, a visual programming language developed by Microsoft. There are introductory classes and advanced programs. Recommended for students ages 8 – 16. Students can continue to work on their projects by downloading software.

Scratch is an animation programming language developed by M.I.T. It is an easy-to-use interface that allows students to create animated videos and games.


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Day* - Tuition and sometimes meals
Stay** - Tuition, housing, and generally meals
Program Name Dates Day* Stay**
Chess, Game Creation Kodu-The Steward
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Richmond, VA
07/10/17 to 07/28/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation Kodu-The Steward
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Richmond, VA
07/24/17 to 07/28/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Katy, TX
06/05/17 to 06/09/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Alexandria, VA
06/26/17 to 06/30/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Pearland, TX
07/31/17 to 08/04/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Morristown, NJ
07/17/17 to 07/21/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu (various locations)
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Houston, TX
06/05/17 to 07/21/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu- St. Mary's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Englewood, CO
07/10/17 to 07/14/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-1 Education Place
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Wellington, FL
06/19/17 to 06/23/17 $475 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Abundant Life
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Wilmington, MA
08/07/17 to 08/11/17 $455 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-All Saint's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Fort Worth, TX
07/17/17 to 07/21/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-All Saint's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Fort Worth, TX
06/05/17 to 06/09/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Boulder Country Day
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Boulder, CO
06/26/17 to 06/30/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Charlotte Latin
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Charlotte, NC
06/26/17 to 06/30/17 $500 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Colorado Springs School
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Colorado Springs, CO
06/19/17 to 06/23/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Country Day School
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Bryn Mawr, PA
07/31/17 to 08/04/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Crossroads
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Santa Monica, CA
07/17/17 to 07/21/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-DePaul University
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Chicago, IL
06/26/17 to 06/30/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-DePaul University
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Naperville, IL
06/26/17 to 06/30/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Harrisburg Academy
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Wormleysburg, PA
07/10/17 to 07/14/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Heritage Hall
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Oklahoma City, OK
06/05/17 to 06/09/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Heritage Hall
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Oklahoma City, OK
07/17/17 to 07/21/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Hockaday/Lifelong
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Dallas, TX
06/12/17 to 06/16/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-La Jolla Country Day
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
La Jolla, CA
07/31/17 to 08/04/17 $380 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Lake Ridge Academy
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
North Ridgeville, OH
06/19/17 to 06/23/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Lifelong
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Dallas, TX
07/24/17 to 07/28/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Maclay School
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Tallahassee, FL
06/05/17 to 06/09/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Rubicon Academy
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
The Woodlands, TX
06/19/17 to 07/21/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Rutgers Prep
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Somerset, NJ
08/14/17 to 08/18/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Rutgers Prep
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Somerset, NJ
07/10/17 to 07/14/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Sayre School
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Lexington, KY
07/31/17 to 08/04/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Shorecrest Prep
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
St. Petersburg, FL
07/24/17 to 07/28/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-St. Andrew's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Jackson, MS
06/26/17 to 06/30/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-St. Anthony's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Fresno, CA
07/10/17 to 07/14/17 $380 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-St. Luke's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Baton Rouge, LA
06/05/17 to 06/09/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-The Sagemont
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Weston, FL
07/10/17 to 07/14/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Wayland Comm Ctr.
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Wayland, MA
08/07/17 to 08/11/17 $455 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Wayland Comm Ctr.
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Wayland, MA
07/24/17 to 07/28/17 $455 N/A
Chess, Game Creation, Kodu-Westtown School
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
West Chester, PA
08/07/17 to 08/11/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Creation,Kodu-Porter Gaud
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Charleston, SC
07/10/17 to 07/14/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Game Design, Kodu-Avon Old Farms
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Avon, CT
07/17/17 to 07/21/17 $475 N/A
Chess, Game Design, Kodu-Detroit Country Day
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Beverly Hills, MI
07/31/17 to 08/04/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Design, Kodu-Nat. Cathedral
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Washington, DC
06/26/17 to 08/11/17 $475 N/A
Chess, Game Design, Kodu-St. Andrew's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Potomac, MD
07/24/17 to 07/28/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Game Design, Kodu-St. Andrew's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Potomac, MD
06/26/17 to 06/30/17 $505 N/A
Chess, Vide Game Creation, Kodu-Nardin
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Buffalo, NY
07/17/17 to 07/21/17 $480 N/A
Chess, Vide Game Creation, Kodu-St. Luke's
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Baton Rouge, LA
07/03/17 to 07/07/17 $505 N/A
Game Creation, Kodu-Summit Country Day
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Cincinnati, OH
08/07/17 to 08/11/17 $500 N/A
Game Creation, Kodu-The Oakridge
(Chess,Game Design)
(Chess,Game Design)
Arlington, TX
07/17/17 to 07/21/17 $475 N/A
Video Game, Kodu, Minecraft-Minnehaha Academy
(Game Design)
(Game Design)
Minneapolis, MN
07/31/17 to 08/04/17 $315 N/A