Our featured partner of the week is Active Learning Services.
Active Learning Services, or ALS, is a program that teaches children all kinds of amazing games and game design skills with programs available in 26 of the 50 states. ALS is specifically known for their USA Chess Camp, Video Game Creation Camp, and 3D Design Camp programs. In addition to the camps, Active Learning Services offers school programs for before and after care and clubs. Their award winning instructors and dynamic way of teaching allows kids ages 5 – 15 to be strategic and creative all at the same time. Currently, ALS is the only national chess teaching company in the United States.
How It All Began
ALS was started by two partners who both had children of their own. They purchased the business from a chess master who had been running some successful camps. The partners knew the value of children having summer fun, but they also realized that kids needed to be stimulated and challenged. The owners state that “there have been numerous studies that show that children who are involved with chess have improved cognitive, reading, memory, and math skills. Our computer camps realize the value of STEM activities and give children the experience and understanding of computer basics.”
Here’s the Scoop
ALS summer camps for kids are half day camps. During that time, the typical day is broken up into two longer sessions where the children will enjoy a snack in between. Chess camp class sizes range from 12 to 15 students. Students are taught skills, work through practice activities, and then they are given the chance to try it for themselves. All equipment is provided to the students. Your child will have a blast learning how to use strategy during his or her chess match or creating an awesome computer game of his or her own.
Full Day Programs Available
While most of their summer camps for kids are half day, they do offer a combination offer. Parents can register their children for a morning and afternoon session which will provide a full day of instruction. While ALS does not provide lunch for children who wish to take advantage of the full day combo, they do provide snacks and ask that parents pack a brown bag lunch for their child. At this time, ALS is unable to provide extended before and after camp care.
One of ALS’s campers first learned how to play chess in Honolulu and loved it. Later, that same camper went on to win the Hawaii State Chess Championship.
ALS has also been able to hire instructors who were previous camper because they have become so successful.