Best: Computer with Internet Connection and Speakers or Headphone Jack
A computer (desktop/laptop) is the best way to connect. Most computers (Windows PC, Mac, Linux) purchased within the last 5 years should be able to play the camp videos. Videos include closed captions as well as a text transcript.
OK: Tablet with an Internet Connection
It may be possible to connect to our camp using a tablet. For a tablet, be sure that you have a stand or case that allows you to see the tablet clearly while you are working on any lab activities.
Not recommended: Smartphone
We don’t recommend a smartphone to connect because it may be difficult to see the video. If you have a problem connecting, you might try a phone as a last resort.
Potentially not recommended: Chromebooks
Students may have school-issued chromebooks. While these can work, there may be restrictions placed on these computers by school district IT departments which may prevent you from watching On-Demand camp videos.
Tip: Make sure you are in a comfortable space for the camp where you can watch and listen during the instructional portion of the camp. For our “wet lab” camps, you will need to have a desk or table space nearby for your hands-on experiments/activities. The KidsHealth website (https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/net-safety.html ) recommends keeping computers in a common area of the house (perhaps a kitchen, living room, or den).