The Internet has changed the way we access, view, ingest, and share knowledge, and Google has played a big part in that, with its mission from day one being to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible. Now through a new project called Google Camp, the company will train kids to utilize their services as early as possible — starting from the ages of 7-10 years old, specifically. The program seems to focus on online project-based science lessons…
We found out about the project today through a video entitled “Camp Google – Let’s Find Out” that the company published to its main YouTube channel, which shows kids playing outside and using technology to learn about the world by exploring the ocean through Google Earth, asking questions about space through Google Search, and watching videos of fireflies on YouTube. The end of the video directs interested parents to g.co/campgoogle where they can learn more.
“Hey parents! Camp Google is a free summer camp that gets kids learning through fun, interactive science activities and adventures,” the company says in the description of the video. “Led by experts, the activities have been designed to encourage kids to ask questions, setting them on a lifelong journey of exploration and discovery. Camp Google opens July 13th, stay tuned!”
As mentioned, this online learning project will launch on July 13th. The Camp Google website doesn’t really provide much of a taste of what it’ll look like, though, and the “About Camp” page only provides answers to some basic questions like “We’re going out of town one of the weeks, will that be a problem?” The answer to that question is, of course, no, since the use of the word ‘camp’ here is merely symbolic and everything will take place online. And while it’s also totally free, the company notes that some of the activities as part of Camp Google will require the use of common household items, so those traveling might be out of reach of said items. Thankfully, though, Google says the activities will remain open indefinitely so your child can just come back to them.
The program is four weeks long, and each week is broken up into different themes — ocean, space, nature, and music. Those who participate can earn badges for each week they complete, although these look like they may just be digital items and not real badges — the website isn’t specific about this either.
According to the website, the content for Google Camp was created in collaboration between engineers at Google, educational organizations like Khan Academy and content specialists like National Geographic Kids, NASA and National Parks. We’ll post more information about Camp Google once it goes live on the 13th. In the meantime, check out the video below: