The 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN USA

Kids Camp!

SIGCSE Kids Camp builds on the success of the Kids 4 Fun activities at SIGCSE 2008. We have once again contracted with KiddieCorp, a professional child care provider, to provide onsite childcare at the hotel during the conference. Your kids will be in a room nearby to where you are attending the conference. BUT, this is no ordinary childcare - there will be a variety of fun activities daily in which the kids may participate, including scavenger hunts and computing fun! As an added bonus, kids who are participating in SIGCSE Kids Camp may attend the Thursday night reception for just $10 (prepaid) with their parents.

Kids Camp will be in session during the following days and times:

Date Times
Thursday, March 5th 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (10 hours)
Friday, March 6th 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (10 hours)
Saturday, March 7th 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (8 hours)

Kids Camp registration is now available! To register your child/children (and to learn more about KiddieCorp, our children's program provider), visit Instead of on-line registration, you may print, complete, and mail or fax this PDF registration form directly to KiddieCorp using the contact information provided on the form. A link to this form is also available from the KiddieCorp page.

Computers and t-shirts for Kids Camp are available due to the generous support of Microsoft. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How old/young can my child(ren) be to register?

    Care will be provided for children ages 6 months to 12 yrs. If you have older children who want to attend, please contact us.

  2. How much does it cost?

    This year the charges will be by session rather than by time:

      Children 6 months - 2 years: $35 per child (half day), or $56 per child (full day)
      Children 3 - 12 years: $30 per child (half day), or $48 per child (full day)
  3. Where will Kids Camp be located?

    Kids Camp will be held in the adjacent Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain rooms on the third floor of the Marriott Hotel. The Convention Center is directly connected to the Marriott on the first and second floors, which means that visiting your child(ren) will be easy, and at the same time the kids will be away from the conference traffic flows. Both rooms have restrooms, and there is another just across the floor.

  4. What will my child(ren) be doing while I am attending the conference?

    SIGCSE Kid Campers will participate in drama, play, and arts & crafts activities. Older kids can participate in our planned computing activities. We have scheduled activity sessions with CS Unplugged, Scratch, and Alice. Student Volunteers will help with the computing activities.

    Our planned activities also include:

    • Computing activities using Microsoft's new Kodu project
    • Scavenger hunts on both Thursday and Friday
    • Daily activites based on our "Pirate's Life for Me" theme (which ties in with the Thursday symposium reception at the Tennessee Aquarium)

    Additional computing activities are being planned; please check back!

  5. What will my children be served for lunch?

    Lunch menu selections include entrees of chicken fingers & fries, grilled cheese & fries, macaroni & cheese, and pizza (with 1 topping). Side dishes will be celery & carrot sticks, fruit cup, and a selection of whole fruit (apple, banana, orange)

  6. Do I need to bring anything for my child(ren)?

    Yes, a change of clothes is strongly recommended for all children. In addition, parents of young children will need to provide any diapers, wipes, baby food, and/or formula and bottles that may be needed.

  7. How many childcare providers will be in the rooms?

    Daycare provider ratios will be 1:2 for kids ages 6 months-11 months, 1:3 for kids 1 to 2 years old, and 1:5 for ages 3-12. Student volunteers for the CS activities will be additional helpers and are not included in this ratio.

Questions? Please contact:

Pam Cutter and Kristine Nagel

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