What is Camperoo?
Camperoo is a Y-Combinator and venture-backed C-Corp based in SOMA San Francisco founded by Emmie Chang, a serial education entrepreneur. Camperoo hosts workshops that teach kids engineering and programming with a focus on 21st century skills such as teamwork, creativity, and design thinking.
What is a Studio Workshop?
A studio workshop is 2 hours of a specific track, either Gamer (link), Coder (link), or Robotics (link). Studio workshops build upon each other and must be taken in order--although not consecutively. Studios are a blend of a course + a club. Studio sessions progress in 10 session batches of instruction followed by unlimited sessions of ‘club sessions’. After 10 sessions, Level up and learn new skills or remain in the club sessions and build harder projects with coaches and teams. This is intended for kids aged 8+ who are ready to focus on a specific skill.
What is an Explorer Workshop?
An explorer workshop is a 2 hour workshop that explores a topic of the future, with a focus on general technology, engineering, and programming skills. The theme for 2016 is ‘San Fransokyo.” Workshops are project-based, hands-on, and team oriented culminating in a challenge project every week. For Camperoo showcases, kids will have the option of creating a capstone project that encompasses all the topics from various workshops. Drop in, as you like, each workshop is stand alone and intended to expose kids to the future. The same topic is adapted for different age groups, from 6 to 13 (we even run these on occasion for adults)
Can I try a session before committing?
Absolutely. Try a free workshop, then register for a bundle or a membership. Here is the link for Explorers, Gamer, Coder, Robotics Studios.
What is the difference between Studio and Explorer?
A studio workshop focuses on one skill area, either Coder, Gamer, or Robotics. They are $49/session or $149/mo. An explorer workshop stands alone and varies in topics each week, all centered around technology + engineering. They are $39/session or $99/mo unlimited.
Where are the Camperoo workshops held? (Do you have a permanent location?)
Camperoo hosts workshops around the SF Bay Area, with plans for expansion soon. We have a permanent office in SOMA SF where we host workshops. In other areas, we use flex space and create ‘pop-up’ Camperoo experiences. This allows us to host multiple sessions throughout the Bay area. If you have an area you would like to request a workshop, email us: email@example.com
How does the unlimited membership work?
Unlimited explorer workshops allow one child to attend as many explorer workshops as they would like. If they choose the studio unlimited membership they can attend unlimited robotics, gamer, coder, and explorer workshops. These renew every 4 weeks (unless there is a holiday) and are $99 and $149 respectively. If a member signs up for a membership before attending their first session, there is a lifetime discount of $20/mo. You must sign up for sessions, there are no drop-ins. Unlimited members get first priority for availability.
How do 3-packs and 10-packs of sessions work?
Use these bundles on multiple kids, whenever you feel like attending. You must pre-register and sign up for a workshop ahead of time, and reserve your spot. These never expire and can be used at any location. Explorer workshop bundles can only be used for explorers, however, studio workshop bundles can be used for either.
I can't attend Studio sessions in a row, can I still join?
Absolutely! Camperoo designs studio sessions so that kids can attend consecutively or skip a few and still catch up. Each studio session builds upon the previous, however, you don’t need to attend them in order. They also never technically ‘end’ the way a course does. Continue to work with coaches and other kids to build skills and projects every week or as often as you like.
You used to be a market place, do you still do that?
Not at this moment, however, we’re re-launching a version of the marketplace in early 2016 as a resource. Our 100% focus is on Explorers and Studios and the platform to support that.
Who are the instructors?
Camperoo coaches are all highly trained college educated enthusiastic individuals who love technology as much as your child (maybe even more). They are highly selected and often domain experts in the areas they coach. Sometimes, the CEO, Emmie even jumps in to coach, because she likes the interaction ;).
What pre-requisites does my child need to have?
None! A lot of our workshops require a laptop. If you have one, bring it. If you don’t , we have a few loaners. Just notify us on your registration.
Do I need to stay with my child during the sessions?
If you want to. We don’t require it, and in fact we find that kids are more creative and courageous when their parents aren’t there. Feel free to drop them off and come back for the presentations at the end of each workshop.