SOURCE: Giant Campus

March 19, 2008 13:00 ET

Giant Campus Announces Second Annual livewire™ Tech Summer Program at Walt Disney World®

Teens Get Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Technology Education and Fun at the Happiest Place on Earth

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Giant Campus, the undisputed national leader in youth technology summer camps, today announced open registration for the second annual livewire™ summer camps for teens at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Fla. livewire combines a unique, behind-the-scenes adventure at Walt Disney World with the only research-proven curriculum in the youth technology training industry. Giant Campus will host three, week-long livewire programs for teens ages 14 - 18, from July 6 through July 26 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Located in the Disney World® resort, the livewire lab offers teens a hands-on education in digital art, science and technology, set against the backdrop of Disney attractions such as Mission: SPACE, Space Mountain and Disney-MGM Studios. livewire morning programs give teens the exciting opportunity to create their own high-tech Web, video and music projects. Teens can also explore fascinating subjects such as theme park physics, movie sound effects recording and theme park attraction design.

"livewire provides the perfect atmosphere for teens to gain valuable technology skills while enjoying the fun and freedom of Walt Disney World," said Kat Fitzgerald, National Director of Programs at Giant Campus. "We are thrilled to again partner with Disney creating a once-in-a-lifetime summer experience for teens."

Giant Campus aims to empower individuals with 21st century skills that can be employed in the global market. Leveraging its expertise in the learning industry, Giant Campus has developed a leading methodology for creating, delivering and assessing education. In addition to livewire morning programs, teens get an all-access pass to every Disney World theme park. Parents get the satisfaction of knowing their teens are having an outstanding educational experience, grounded in the technology, math and science skills necessary to secure the jobs of the future.

livewire Education Tracks:

Energy and Waves - In this new program, students will get a behind-the-scenes look at The Haunted Mansion attraction where they will learn the principles of projection, reflection and UV rays. Teens will also get a sneak-peek at the secrets of illusions, all while gaining a real world understanding of the forces of light, sound and magnetism, as well as learn how these forces can be manipulated.

Properties of Motion - In this program, teens will become theme park scientists, designing their own roller coaster and testing out various track elements to customize their attraction and study the effects on would-be riders. Topics include physics, G-Forces, speed, velocity and kinetic energy. This program culminates with two rides on Space Mountain -- first with the lights off, then on!

Production Arts and Science - In this program, teens will enter the fifth dimension as they search for story elements and devices at Disney MGM-Studios. Teens will ride and explore The Twilight Zone® Tower of TerrorTM attraction, study the creation of the attraction from concept to completion, and then design their own original attraction based on the ride's required elements.

Tour of the IDEAS Studio - On this special access tour, exclusively for livewire participants, teens will get a once-in-a-lifetime view of the people, technology and equipment that makes Disney magic possible. The tour includes hands-on use of a Disney Foley studio -- the same place where Hollywood celebrities record movie sound effects and voiceovers.

The livewire registration fee is $2,297 per teen, per week (package does not include airfare). Registration fees cover lodging, meals, snacks, educational programs both in the livewire lab and those taught by Disney staff, access to all of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport and the Disney properties.

Space is limited. For more information or to register for livewire at Disney World, please call 888-904-2267 or visit

About Giant Campus

Giant Campus is an education and learning-experience company that empowers individuals with 21st century skills to help them to contribute and succeed in a global community. With more than 3 million learners worldwide, and an excess of 1 million hours of in-person instruction, Giant Campus is working to develop the most effective methodology for creating, delivering and assessing learning. The Giant Campus suite of online education and youth products is delivered in a variety of environments, including K-12 school classrooms, U.S. military installations, university-hosted summer computer programs, the federal government, private companies and online. Giant Campus is a four-time honoree of Washington CEO magazine's Best Companies to Work For award, winning top honors in 2000 and finishing in the Top 10 for 2004, 2005 and 2006. For more information, visit

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