The summer months have always reminded me of balmy days, of kids running around outdoors, and lazy spells of relaxing and reading their favourite books and playing games. But we are well aware of how these past months have upturned everything we’ve known about normalcy, with the lockdown being a central part of our lives since the onset of Coronavirus. These life changes have been profound, and the effect on our kids is more than ever -- their sense of familiarity has been jarred, with the reality of schools being closed, classes shifting online, and the summer break being curtailed. I know as a mother, I have personally felt bad that I can’t give my twins Aarav and Saanvi the summer they work hard for all year. While this is out of our hands, we all still wish to give our children something special. Which is why this year, along with a few friends and experts, we have created a very special program to help kids and their parents get excited about spending time together, by engaging in fun and learning experiences. We are very happy to bring you Camp Google 2020. At Camp Google 2020, we have a wide range of fun and engaging activities lined up for your kids:
- Craft an engaging story using one of our many tools -- for example, tell a wildlife tale using Augmented Reality animals in Search
- Journey across India exploring the craft and traditions of our country on Google Arts & Culture
- Learn about our country’s natural resources and how to preserve them on Google Earth
- Get introduced to the world of programming, with Scratch (you don’t even need to write a single line of code!)
- … and plenty more!
There’s something new and exciting to learn every day. At the end of the camp, your child could also win the opportunity to attend a masterclass with the YouTubers themselves, have their prize-winning entries posted on Google India’s social handles, and get the best entry from the storytelling segment published in our Read Along app.
Beginning 1st July and over the course of the following two weeks, there will be five assignments that kids can access on the Camp Google 2020 website, and Google’s social media page, which will be accompanied by a set of instructions that will answer all your “how to” questions. Each of these assignments will also include elements that teach kids to stay safe online, with guidance on how to be a good digital citizen. We will also have sessions being conducted by leading experts in psychology, to help motivate the children and give them something to aspire to in these times. And remember: assignments can be submitted until 20th July, so make haste! We hope that the engaging activities we have lined up will bring back the excitement of summer for your kids, and help them develop skills and hobbies they can use all throughout the year. Wishing you safe, fun, and memorable times together.