Summer Learning Fun at IMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp- Enter to Win a Week of Camp!

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Disclosure- We received a week of IMACS Summer Camp for each of my girls to facilitate our review.  All opinions are 100% our own.

P1220608For over 20 years, IMACS has been giving South Florida students an outlet for reaching their highest potential in math, computer science and logical reasoning and they have the success stories to prove it.  They have five locations, three of which – Boca Raton, Plantation, and Weston – offer the IMACS Hi-Tech Summer Camp.  My girls and I had the opportunity last summer to experience the IMACS Summer Camp for ourselves and it was an amazing experience.  IMACS Summer Camp is made up of 3 different academic programs- Logic Puzzles, Electronics, and Computer Programming and Virtual Robotics.  Logic Puzzles has team games, group interactions and friendly competitions.  Electronics is “hands-on” as students build projects that they keep.  Computer Programming and Virtual Robotics contains self-paced, virtual challenges.


The Electronics class is a self-paced class in which students follow the lessons of the workbook in order and complete various projects.  There are worksheets after each project to check for understanding of concepts.  During each lesson there are also stopping points where the students must stop and have the instructor check their work up to that point.  workbookThe students learn real world symbols for electronic components to make circuit designs such as the symbol for battery, light bulb, and wire.  electronics chartsI love that the students aren’t just putting together cool projects but they are learning and gaining real world experiences.  The projects are all engaging and I was amazed at all the skills my girls were learning.  I never would have thought my 10 year old would be using wire cutters and other tools.  She gained so much confidence from this class.  All of the tools and parts are provided for the students and care is taken to keep the students protected as they are monitored and must wear protective gear such as goggles to keep their eyes safe.  toolsI really enjoyed watching the students interact with each other and help each other with their projects.  It was nice seeing students not only learn from the instructor and self-discovery, but also by teaching concepts to the other students.  Older students get to do more advanced projects that include learning skills such as soldering.

Logic Puzzles

In the Logic Puzzles class the students work in teams, groups, and pairs to complete various types of logic games and puzzles.  They start off with 2 “String Games” as a whole group.  A string game consists of two strings on the white board that overlap like a Venn Diagram.  There are several pieces that get put on the board either in one of the sections of the string or on the outside of the string.  The students take turns trying to figure out what the “rule” is for that game based on where the items are placed.
String game2In the logic puzzles class they also play board games that require logic and thinking skills such as Othello.  They play these games usually in pairs for about 30 minutes of the class as the teacher walks around the room and instructs the students on game play and strategy.othello2Another part of the class are the critical thinking puzzles that are shown on the overhead projector.  This is usually about 45 minutes of the 2 hour class.  Here’s an example of some critical thinking puzzles:
critical thinking puzzles

Computer Programming and Virtual Robotics

In the Computer Programming and Virtual Robotics class students learn introductory programming and problem-solving skills.

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turtle computer game

IMACS sessions run from June 8 through August 21, 2015 with weekly sessions (Monday through Friday). Students can enroll in one or more weeks of full-day camp or individual 2-hour classes. IMACS has classes to accommodate almost all students, from first graders through even the most talented 12th graders. Students can choose to enjoy a full day of camp in which they would take all 3 classes or they can choose to enroll in individual classes.  Each session is one week long for both full day camp and individual classes.  Costs for the full-day camp range from $420 to $564 per week and individual class costs range from $90 to $289.  Parents who enroll their child by April 1st will receive a 10% early registration discount.  Multiple class and sibling discounts of 10% are also available for any full day and individual programs within each session.

why IMACSIMACS camp is flexible.  You choose the weeks you want and they do not need to be consecutive.  This is great for scheduling your summer the way you want.  New campers are welcome each week.  There is no registration fee and no supply fee. Need to drop your child off early?  For campers starting at 9:15, early drop off is available from 8:00 to 9:15 at no charge!

shirtsFull Day Camp

Entering Grades 3–8: Campers benefit by participating in all three IMACS summer academic programs: Logic Puzzles, Computer Programming & Virtual Robotics, and Electronics. Campers are totally immersed in fun-filled academic pursuits such as playing strategic logic games, designing and building electronic devices, and programming computers.

Entering Grades 9–10: Students will have the tremendous benefit of studying three IMACS courses: Computer Science, Logic for Mathematics, and Electronics. This is an intellectually stimulating program for outstanding students. An aptitude test is required to properly place your child. Call IMACS to schedule an appointment.

The Full Day camp is 9:15 – 4:15. Early drop-off for full day campers begins at 8:00am at no additional charge. Lunch is 11:15 – 12:00. There are small breaks within each class and between classes.

Individual Classes

Entering Grades 1–12: Campers may enroll in individual classes. Each class meets Monday through Friday for two hours each day (except for campers entering grades 1 or 2).

Logic Puzzles- (Entering Grades 1-8)
Entering Grades 1–2: Games! Puzzles! Fun! (But don’t tell your kids that they are learning how to reason and are developing a love of mathematical thinking.)

Entering Grades 3–8: Mysteries of pure logic are presented in fun, compelling stories. Painstakingly designed, this class leads campers from elementary deductive reasoning to skills that exceed those of most college graduates! Team logic games, exciting tournaments, and, as in every IMACS class, new challenges each week!

Computer Programming & Virtual Robotics (Entering Grades 3–9)

Campers don’t merely use the computer in this course. They write computer programs! Using the programming language LOGO, developed at MIT, campers are challenged by projects designed by the IMACS Curriculum Development Group. With individualized guidance, campers develop basic programming and problem-solving skills. Campers can also apply these skills in the IMACS Virtual Robotics Lab, where programmable, configurable robots exist in a virtual world that contains the physical realities of friction, acceleration, and conservation of momentum. Campers showcase their triumphs on their personalized IMACS web pages.

Electronics (Entering Grades 3–10)

These classes introduce campers to the fascinating world of electronics. Campers learn about electrical components such as resistors, diodes, LEDs, capacitors, transistors and integrated circuits and use them to design and construct fun projects. Courses are tailored according to age and ability so that each camper is able to advance as far as his or her interests and abilities allow. Campers may keep the electronic devices that they build.

Computer Science (Entering Grades 7–12) Aptitude Test Required

Students pursue an academic, university-level computer science course. The IMACS curriculum has been used in prestigious programs such as Duke University’s Talent Identification Program and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. Students work with interactive tools available only at IMACS and are taught by highly qualified and trained professionals. This class goes well beyond a traditional introductory course, introducing advanced concepts such as recursion, functional programming, object-oriented programming, and artificial intelligence. Contact IMACS to find out if this class is appropriate for your child.

Logic for Mathematics (Entering Grades 8–12) Aptitude Test Required

Logic for Mathematics is an unparalleled course in pure mathematical logic. Designed for the most talented secondary school students, it is the envy of university mathematics courses everywhere! This multimedia class improves upon our world-renowned Elements of Mathematics curriculum. Contact IMACS to find out if this class is appropriate for your child.

games for saleWant to Learn More About IMACS?

Students and parents have an opportunity to experience IMACS for themselves at free IMACS Summer Camp Open Houses in Boca Raton, Weston, and Plantation.  Open House attendees have a chance to win a raffle for a free week of full-day camp. At every open house, IMACS will hold two raffles–one for a free week of Full Day camp (for students entering 3rd grade and above) and one for a free week of Primary Logic Puzzles (for students entering 1st and 2nd grade).  For more information on the raffles and to RSVP for an Open House in Boca Raton, Weston, or Plantation, visit
Attend an Open House:
March 14 – Weston
March 28 – Plantation
April 11 – Boca
April 18 – Weston
April 25 – Plantation
May 9 – Boca
May 16 – Weston
May 30 – Plantation

For more information go to to learn more about their summer camp.  You may also reach IMACS at 954-791-2333, 561-470-1178, or

IMACS is giving away a week of full-day camp to one of my lucky blog readers.  This is a $564 value!!!

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  1. Claudia says:

    My favorite success story so far is Jennifer Hernandez. I love that she started IMACS while in the 3rd grade. My niece is currently in the 3rd grade and she is a Latina and it givens me hopes that though her English is not 100% excellent (she has been in the US for a year now) that she can be as successful as Jennifer.

  2. sara eaton says:

    I don’t have a favorite however, i do like the quotes from the kids, and how much IMACS has given to them. I think this is the perfect program for my son.

  3. Jan Colby says:

    All these successful stories just makes me hope my grandson can find a program he can strive in.
    We have gone through a lot and he is just so talented he will soon find a place he feels most comfortable in. He is also a third grader and he is trying his best in everything he can. I hope to see him in a program like this, something positive in his life and something that can help him achieve his goals.

  4. Veronica Woods says:

    My favorite story was the one of Zachary Kaufman. It’s so inspiring to hear about kids starting as early as first grade and truly seeing the impact on their lives throughout school and beyond. IMACS is so amazing because the logical thinking and different techniques become second nature to these children and the best part is that they have fun! I would love for our son to attend one week of summer camp!

  5. I would love a chance to expose my twin boys to IMACS classes. I think it would be wonderful to see if there is a Girl Scout class for my brownie troop. I will be calling them tomorrow

  6. Karina Trulla-Mualem says:

    My favorites are Rachel Cuozzo and Jennifer Hernandez, although the other ones are equally impressive. I chose those 2 stories because girls / women are underrepresented in the math, engineering & science fields so those 2 girls serve as incredible role models for kids, but especially girls. I would love for my almost 7 year old son to have an opportunity to be a part of IMACS. Thank you for the opportunity!

  7. Renee Mach says:

    I enjoyed reading ALL the students’ success stories, but I think Ryan Newton’s was my favorite, because I inspire my son to also attend MIT someday, and he is currently a bright 5th grader, just like Ryan was when HE started with IMACS. There were similarities with our stories and I could relate more to his circumstances. I love how each of these stories are a positive role model to ALL children in their learning process and educational journey. A huge thank you to IMACS for this incredible and generous opportunity!

  8. While I enjoyed reading all the success stories, Kenny Chan’s really stood out! It is amazing that this student scored perfect 5’s in 14 AP courses, and invented a portable battery backup! The best part is that he attributes his success to IMACS!

  9. sonia R-Kane says:

    I loved ALL the stories. Ryan Newton’s was my favorite, My son is in 5th grade like Ryan was when He started with IMACS. He will love to attend to this camp 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. Toni ann says:

    All of these are amazing stories of bright students. I especially like how well rounded Brett Orvieto is. He is a musician, athletic, and devotes time to enrichment in math.