Best: Computer with Internet Connection
A computer (desktop/laptop) with a keyboard is the best way to connect to our virtual meeting space. In some cases you may need to type answers in the chat box or visit other websites during the camp. Most computers (Windows PC, Mac, Linux) purchased within the last 5 years should be able to run the meeting software (see the SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS section below to test your equipment).
OK: Tablet with an Internet Connection
It may be possible to connect to our camp using a tablet, and you may need to install an app to connect to the meetings (see the SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS section below to test). 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 and type responses or visit websites as needed. 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 using or running needed software. See the SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS section below to test.
We want a chance to see all of our campers! We ask that you have a webcam available so that we can see you at least during our start of class check-in. During the camp, instructors will give instructions on when it is appropriate for cameras to be on or off.
We highly recommend being able to use a microphone (if your computer has one; most newer computers and tablets will). Headphones or earbuds with microphones will also work (if needed, make sure sure they are fully charged before the camp). Another option to consider is a comfortable headset with a microphone to listen with less distraction.
Tip: Try to 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).