goIT Brings a Unique Opportunity to Engage in STEM Education to
According to Camp Quality, children with cancer are at a higher risk from severe illness from COVID-19 than other children due to compromised immune systems from cancer treatments. As a result, many students undergoing oncology treatments must be kept isolated from their peers and teachers to reduce possible exposure to Covid-19. Over the last 18 months, the need for virtual programs has become even more essential so that they are connected to kids with similar experiences. Camp Quality decided to use goIT as the program for their Virtual Tech Club, which connects kids through virtual learning
Camp Quality started their first program in 1988 in Priceville, Ontario and is now expanded to 7 locations across Canada. For the goIT program campers from across Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario virtually connected once a week over seven weeks as they brainstormed, ideated and designed apps based on a variety of UN Sustainable Development goal topics. Some of their ideas included protection of wildlife, wage equity, and access to quality education. The disruptions and challenges over the last 18 months as a result of Covid-19, plus the arduous schedule of cancer treatments, recovery, and hospital visits, these kids looked forward to meeting and experiencing a program that offered a chance to be creative digital innovators. Many campers especially enjoyed being graphic designers during the storyboard activity.
The final meetup on May 11, allowed these budding entrepreneurs to pitch their app designs to TCSer Shubra Sen and Shankar Tagard from TCS client partner TD Canada Trust, along with Board Members from Camp Quality. All special guests and parents of the campers were impressed with the engagement of students, and many parents noticed the positive responses at home. One parent commented “Honestly he loves tech club. I told him afterschool he had to do homework...he wanted to work on his app from Tech club... He is engaged. I love to see him be part of this. Especially since there are no play dates anymore. THANK YOU!!!!”
The traditional idea of camp is a physical place where children spend away from home, but Camp Quality demonstrates that, really, it’s more about engaging with other kids and building a community. With goIT, campers were able to create that community and having that truly unique camp feeling of, “This is Awesome!”