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Summer is Almost Here! 'Up Front' Looks ahead to Summer Programs Still Available For Kids

May 19, 2020 03:49PM ● By Jason Huddle
Jason Huddle  0:00 
Welcome to Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine, a presentation of Cabco Media Group and sponsored by Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Cabarrus Eye Center, Certec Automotive, Concord Downtown Development Corporation, Family Wealth Partners, New Hope Worship Center and Walk Cabarrus. I'm your host Jason Huddle.

Jason Huddle  0:25 
Hello everyone and Welcome once again to another edition of Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine. As we are in the middle of reopening North Carolina, I wanted to take a moment to prepare for the future. Today we are talking about summer camps. Before you know it, the kids are going to be out of school. And the first thing they're going to want to do is get outside and get out of the house. And that's where we come in to help you with some proper prior planning. Of course with the reopen phases and everything going. Of course with the reopening phases and the whole situation being fluid, it is very hard to pinpoint a lot of details, but we try to get you as much as possible today. First of all, we will have as a guest today, Anjali Dighe. She's with Code Ninjas of Concord. They sponsored the Summer Camp Guide, which you can find on Cabarrus Magazine dot com, I'll tell you more about that in a second. And she has some great camps plan for kids, whether they are a novice at computers, or whether they love to code and are totally into that kind of thing. So you're gonna want to stick around and hear what she has to say, if you have a child between the ages of about seven and 15. That's where they generally focus their efforts and they do a great job over there at Code Ninjas of Concord. Likewise, I have been doing a little bit of research myself, to figure out what is going on with some of the more popular camps Cabarrus County. So that's going to be taking place in the third segment of today's program. And before we wrap things up, I want to talk just a few minutes about Harrisburg, announcing the closing of their Fourth of July festivities. I know that a lot of people have been very vocal on our Facebook page, both pro and against this decision. So I want to talk about that a little bit. So I'll get into that towards the end of the program today. But first, before we get into anything else, we have to do shameless plug time. As I mentioned at the top of the program, we are talking about summer camps today. So I would be remiss if I didn't mention once again, that we have a summer camp guide on Cabarrus Magazine dot com, but with this disclaimer, as I also mentioned, this is a very fluid situation that it's very hard for us to keep up with all the camps. So regardless of what information you may see on the camp guide, please make sure that you call or Contact these organizations individually and make sure that their websites are up to date, and that they are in fact doing the camps that they've promised. I know myself, I've run into a couple of situations where the camps themselves still have registration pages up. But then I call the organization and they said they're not doing any camps this summer. So it can be very confusing. So please make sure that you're contacting directly those organizations before you sign your kids up for any camps or pay any money because it can be a pain to get that money back. Also, we are in the thralls of finishing up the June issue and sending that off to press and I just wanted to let you guys know we are very excited to bring that to you. As we'll be focusing on the last few months that this county has been through and what we can look forward to moving ahead. So I'm looking forward to that. Make sure that you keep your eye out for the June issue of Coronavirus, magazine, printed and digitally and that's coming to you at the top The month and that is today's shameless plug time.

Jason Huddle  4:05 
All right when we get back we will have Anjali Dighe from Code Ninjas of Concord. Right after these messages.

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Anjali Dighe  6:39 
Sure. Thanks. Thanks for having me on your show today. I really do appreciate it. You've been awesome. So Code Ninjas well we primarily do is we teach kids how to code. Our kids are actually ages seven to 15. And we take them through a series of different lessons where we start them out with block coding and move them through JavaScript.

Anjali Dighe  7:00 
Second Language called Lua, and the third language called C sharp. And it's all through game development and game play. So it's actually quite really interesting to see these kids ages eight years old who are typing out code right now, the reason for our existence really is because we see that there is a need within the information technology fields right now for people, and we don't have enough to fill those needs, and it's only going to grow. We also see that in the future, this is going to be a skill set that our children are going to have to have regardless of what they decide to go into. And so being a disrupter within the education industry, right now, our goal is hopefully to allow for our schools to be able to take over this education piece, at some point and to run us out of business. But in the meantime, until that happens, we will be that resource. So that's what we do. So right now, within the technology industry, as I understand it, there's really more jobs available than there are

Jason Huddle  8:00 
People to fill them which is where you guys come in right and raising up the next generation of labor force in that industry.

Anjali Dighe  8:05 
That's exactly right. That's exactly right. And if you even look at it from the perspective of even without code, you know, from a marketing perspective, you look at our health systems and how, right now we're using telemedicine even more. That's all through technology, everything that we're looking at, you know, from our cars getting more automated to just every single industry, it's just becoming even more so prevalent with everything that's going on right now. With distance learning and work, people working from home. It's all technology based. We're doing this via zoom right now. It's technology based and then how do you protect all these systems so from so cybersecurity even more so looking at not just in the development of new technologies, but the protection of those technologies from outside hackers. That's another huge field which is even more so today having a huge need.

Jason Huddle  8:59 
So how have you guys been getting along with the COVID crisis? Before we get into the summer? Let's talk about the past few weeks. How have you guys been doing?

Anjali Dighe  9:08 
We're in week nine of being physically closed. It's been really, really tough. However, at the same time, I have to say my staff have been amazing. We've gone virtual, we're providing virtual learning opportunities for all students and basically we're teaching a lot of different courses. It's it's been kind of nice, because we've been able to kind of push outside of just JavaScript. We've had a course of web development for HTML, CSS, and it's been primarily all girls that have been going through that so it's been kind of cool to see an all girl program

Jason Huddle  9:41 
you have a mostly boys as clients, right?

Jason Huddle  9:44 

Anjali Dighe  9:45 
 Uh huh

Anjali Dighe  9:45 
And so that's been really cool to see. We also have 3D modeling in tinkercad, which is kind of a 3D modeling. If you take AutoCAD where people are designing homes and buildings, we've taken it down to a kid's version, if you will, with auto So we've got a lot of kids doing 3d modeling. We're teaching Lua, which is a language that a lot of kids, one of their favorite games to play is Roblox. And this is language that actually created Roblox. So we're teaching that in Python. So we've got a lot of different we're actually doing six courses a day, over four days and then Friday nights and Saturdays. We're doing parents night out with Minecraft clubs and Roblox clubs, so something exciting and fun. We've also been really fortunate with bringing in speakers so I've had friends of mine from DC from North Carolina from east coast from West Coast, actually speaking to our kids once a week about what they do and just some fun things as well. I've got a friend of mine who works in the hospitality industry actually in the restaurant industry. And and he did a cooking show. So we've had some really fun things going on as well.

Jason Huddle  10:51 
That's good to hear as we look forward to summer camps. First of all, are you guys anticipating opening up when North Carolina enters into phase two. Is that your plan?

Anjali Dighe  11:02 
Yes. So actually right now we are slowly going to start reopening as of May 20, which is next week, Wednesday a week from today, we're only going to be open three hours a day, four days a week. And we're going to be really, really careful. So I've actually purchased masks with filters for all my stuff. We've socially distance all of our tables. So all tables are six feet apart, we will only allow within every hour eight students into our center per hour with two staff members and they'll actually be able to continue their work. So we're keeping our centers to 10 people per hour. And then at the end of each hour, the students will fall out and we're doing a full wipe down of desks, tables, laptops, everything. So we're going in very, very timidly and very carefully for the safety and health of not only our students, but also our staff and then all of their families.

Jason Huddle  11:58 
Sure and I think that's all you can because you guys are a small business, you have to open at some point, or, or it's over. So, but I think you're doing it as bad as well. And as you said, as careful as anyone can in your position. So let's talk about these summer camps you guys have going, what kind of summer camps are you going to be conducting this year?

Anjali Dighe  12:19 
So I'm actually really excited because not every single one of my staff members can make it into our centers right now because of, you know, family members who may be at risk. So this summer, actually starting in two weeks, we're going to be offering both in house camps, as well as virtual camps. And that way we're meeting the needs of not just our staff, but also of our community. There are a lot of parents who still aren't going to feel comfortable with bringing their children into the center. Their children may, you know, be at risk. They may have family members at risk. So how do we meet the needs and then also provide the opportunity for my staff to continue to work and to do dollars before they go off to college. So we're going to have our regular summer camps, but we're going to pull them up earlier to the week of June 1. And again, they're going to be very limited with numbers of seats physically, just because we want to continue to keep the health and safety of everyone at the forefront. Those camps are going to be our regular camps that we've offered in the past with a couple of additional new ones. So you know, we've got some drone camps, some programming and Python, Roblox, Minecraft, and even with Minecraft and Roblox. It's more about the build through 3D modeling. We're going to be doing web development in HTML and CSS and some JavaScript and those are offered in the mornings from nine to 12. They're offered in the afternoons from one to four, from my parents that work in either kids to be out of location or parents who need to work from home and neither kids out of the house. We're offering nine to four all day camps and then also extend day from eight thirty to five. For my virtual camps, we're going to be offering them from 10am to three o'clock in the afternoon with a one hour break from 12 to one. And the cool thing about all of our campuses, our morning sessions will be one camp and our afternoon sessions are completely different camps. So in reality, our kids are actually working on two different projects throughout the week, one completely different from the other the morning completely different from the afternoon. So it's interactive, hands on screen time is used in a really, really good way and our kids continue to learn. So that's going to be really exciting as well in providing those opportunities for our community to keep our kids busy, to allow for them to build skills for them to dabble in it without committing as early on, and to continue to, you know, learn and have fun.

Jason Huddle  14:46 
So do you have to be a year round students or a regular student of Code Ninjas in order to participate in the summer camp?

Anjali Dighe  14:56 
No, no, not at all. We actually have a variety camps, those that are really open for our younger kids, and then those for our kids that are a little bit older. And again, our camps run from ages seven to 15. And while it's a big wide range, our kids are coming in various places. The cool thing about technology nowadays is we can cut them into breakout rooms. So we can pair up our younger kids together and our older kids together and move at their pace, but they don't have to have any kind of knowledge coming in. We actually do everything much more instructor led. So it allows for them to really push on their own level.

Jason Huddle  15:34 
Is there a better camp for those that are novices and really don't have any experience in this area, but are kind of interested? Is there a good camp that says sort of an entry level camp for them?

Anjali Dighe  15:45 
So we teach something called Scratch which is block based coding. So for younger kids, sometimes typing can be very difficult block based coding is much more of a drag and drop and it's color coded, allowing for the kids to really understand more the logic the critical thinking skills behind how code works. And so we've got a variety of those. We've got a scratch, which is building games, we can develop apps using the same block based coding. That's app development it's an app builders club, we also have with our Roblox Royale, that's also a block based program where they're going to be a little bit more building worlds, but again, using much more of the block based. So there's a wide variety of options there for our younger kids, for older kids that don't worry about that aren't worried about blocks and want to actually learn how to type it out. We've got HTML, CSS, we've got JavaScript, we've got Python. And so those are some of the ones where they can actually dive into the world of actual code and still be able to build really cool things.

Jason Huddle  16:50 
Wonderful. Where can people find beyond the summer camp guide on Cabarrus Magazine dot com, shameless plug, where, where can people find out more information about these camps and get signed up?

Anjali Dighe  17:01 
Sure thing if they go to a code ninjas dot com, find our location here in Concord. So type in our zip code of 28027 you'll come directly to our website. It's actually rebranded brand new for all of you all and you'll see all the camps there and on there our email address Concord and see at Code Ninjas dot com if you send an email there, I can actually send a whole four page presentation with detailed information and I can send it directly to you. So there are a couple ways that you can get in touch with me.

Jason Huddle  17:31 
Anjali Dighe with Code Ninjas of Concord, you guys have a store in Ballantine, right?

Anjali Dighe  17:36 
We sure do, we have a secondary store. The cool thing about this is that I've been able to pull all of my staff together this over the last nine weeks, they've actually been working together from a virtual perspective. So even from you know, for our staff, who are primarily high school and college students have been really cool because they've been able to get together work together work through problems professionally developed them. And so from so many different levels, which has been really cool for them to basically work in a new world, potentially in the worlds that they're going to be growing up and and, and network and meet new people and thrive together. So it's been really really cool.

Jason Huddle  18:13 
That is awesome. I know that we are thrilled for you guys that you're starting the process of reopening. And we look forward to hearing great things this summer Angela Dighe from Code Ninjas of Concord, thank you so much for being on the program today.

Anjali Dighe  18:25 
Jason, I truly appreciate you and everything that your magazine has done for us and everything that you do for the community. So thank you all as well.

Jason Huddle  18:33 
You are too kind well you guys stick around we're going to be back in just a few minutes. Stay tuned.

Jason Huddle  20:21 
Really enjoyed having Anjali on and appreciate her taking her time with us. I do recommend Code Ninjas. And I can say that because my youngest son not only started there as a student, but also actually worked there for a time as a Sensei, which is what they call their teachers or their instructors there. So I know he gleaned a lot of education from that experience. And he still holds Code Ninjas with a very fond place in his heart. They treated him very well and I know that they will do a great job for your child. If they are interested at all in computing, or coding or programming or anything like that. So I appreciate that. But moving ahead, Code Ninjas, obviously isn't the only summer camp around. And so I wanted to go over a few of the more popular camps this year during this segment and talk about what may or may not be happening. First of all, one of the most popular summer programs in the county is the Boys and Girls Club. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, they will not be conducting any summer or football programs. So if you have signed up for that, you might want to contact them. So that will be a disappointment to many children in the county, I am sure. Also, when it comes to the YMCA, I talked to Robert Kirk, who is the director of the West Cabarrus branch and he indicated they are doing a sort of a light schedule. So they will not be taking as many kids as they normally do. So please be aware of that June 15. They will start camps. And he also mentioned the Rowan NY will begin programs May 26, because the Kannapolis city schools are dismissing quote unquote, their online schooling earlier this year so please be aware of that. If you are wanting to sign up you want to make sure that you get your name in right away as again as I mentioned, they have limited capacity. If you want to check that out go to canon YMCA dot o r g slash summer dash camps cannon YMCA dot o RG slash summer dash camps. The Carolina courts located in Concord we'll be conducting summer programs and basketball, volleyball and all sports beginning June 15. However, they also indicated that this will look different this year. There will be social distancing measures taken in each child will have their own ball they're still working these details out but the programs will go on as planned. If you want more info you can go to Carolina Rock University, which is popular among our musician friends. They usually have camps in June, July and August. Right now June is a big fat question mark. They're still waiting to see when we actually enter into phase two and how that's going to work out July and August. They are planning for those music camps. Of course, if you have a child that is an aspiring musician, this is a great camp to take them to. You want to go to rock you, Charlotte, that's r o c k you or call 704 5962228 for more information there. Another popular program for young actors is the SMACK program, which usually takes place over the summer they had planned to do Awana Jr. I don't think that is going to happen simply because logistically. It's really hard when you have social distancing, and you don't know you'd actually be able to perform it. And since we really don't know what the school schedule is going to be like it's just all up in the air, but they will be having a summer program. students that have been previously accepted into the snack program will get preference. And of course, the programs will look very different with them not doing an actual production and with the fact that there's social distancing and things that need to be out here to look for that to happen the last two weeks of July, and the first week of August, of course, you can check out their website. All the websites for these organizations are located on our summer camp guide at careerists magazine calm. So again, check that out. If you have a summer camp or know of a summer program, please let us know we'd love to add that to our guide and make sure that we have all that information to you. Those are just a few of the altered summer camp details that I was able to find out doing my own research. But again, for the organizations that you're interested in, please call those or visit their websites make sure that their websites are accurate. When we come back, I want to talk for just a few minutes before we close out the program about the Harrisburg fourth of July festivities being canceled. I'll give you my thoughts right after the break. Stay tuned.

Jason Huddle  26:39 
Welcome back once again and thank you for staying with us as we get ready to close out the program. I'd like to talk just a few minutes about the Fourth of July festivities in Harrisburg being canceled. Of course it comes as a great disappointment to us. And judging by the comments on our Facebook page. Some of you are very passionate both for and against this decision. I've made it very clear in the past few weeks, and if you haven't heard my thoughts previously, I encourage you to go back and listen to the last few weeks episodes. But I've made it very clear about my position on this entire pandemic. One of the things that disturbs me is, if you recall, the original reason for the economic shutdown, and for the shutdown of society really, was to flatten the curve right to get ahead of the curve. In North Carolina. We have done that. Now, there seems to be this mentality that we have to stay shut down until this pandemic is gone, that the disease is eradicated. That's not physically possible. It's not economically possible. I think to some degree, we've let fear control our ability to get back to normal. It has been established that COVID-19 doesn't fare well in the sunlight. If you've ever been to the July 4 parade in Harrisburg, you'll know that most years, it's very sunny and very hot. Now I can understand the trepidation of all those people being so close together. But let's face it, we've got to open up some time. Now, here is the reasoning that the town of Harrisburg gave, they said, in a nutshell, they said, because we don't know when we're going to get into phase two. And as a result, phase three. They can't properly plan and execute the festivities. In other words, even if we were out of phase three, by July 4, even if we were back to quote unquote, normal, whatever that's going to look like like they would be unable to get everything together and executed properly. To some degree, I can understand that. And that's why some of what I'm saying is really directed more at the governor than at them. They are trying to adhere and honor the governor's orders. I totally get that. I totally get that. I understand wanting to submit to that authority. I get it. So to the governor, I would say so to the governor, I would ask, What is your goal? Is your goal to get ahead of the curve so that our care workers won't be overworked? Which is exactly what we've already done? Or is your goal to wait until there's almost no cases left in North Carolina, in which case you can completely kiss our economy goodbye. I am in talks with the town of Harrisburg to hopefully have a representative from the town on next week's program, and we're going to talk about this more in depth. And hopefully we're looking forward to phase two in next week's program. We'll cross our fingers for that. Until next week, you've been listening to Up Front with Cabarrus Magazine, a presentation of Cabco Media Group and sponsored by Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Cabarrus Eye Center, Certec Automotive, Concord Downtown Development Corporation, Family Wealth Partners, New Hope Worship Center and Walk Cabarrus. We'll talk to you next week. In the meantime, start getting those summer plans together.
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