Young mathematicians, scientists, engineers and technology specialists will travel to Waynesburg University Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9 for CAMP Tech. The camp will offer a week of fun, hands-on learning, with morning and afternoon programs for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall. Sessions will take place on the third floor of Waynesburg University’s Miller Hall.
Campers will have the opportunity to work with new technology while gaining 21st-century skills such as problem solving, creativity, collaboration and digital media literacy.
“This is not your typical summer camp experience,” said Debbie Clarke, chair of Waynesburg’s Department of Education. “Some of the campers will work in teams using math, science and engineering skills to build and program a LEGO Mindstorm NXT robot, while others will explore a cross-curricular environment on iPads. Some campers will even learn to write animation programs on a virtual canvas.”
Waynesburg University is partnering with the Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education to host the camp. IU1 is a public educational agency providing leadership and services to schools and communities in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties.
Organizers say the program offers experiences that aren’t typically provided in public schools.
“CAMP Tech was started to provide students with summer STEM learning,” said Sarah D’Urzo, IU1 media coordinator. “At the time, it was not widely available, and the program was able to bring programs such as robotics to students who might not otherwise have had the opportunity or access. We continue to add sessions to our camp that are of great interest and value to the students. Robotics and computer programming continue to be areas of high career growth in our economy, and with our newest offering, Minecraft, we offer an expressive avenue for displaying untethered creative thinking from the students.”
CAMP Tech is funded by IU1’s Center for STEM Education and camp registration fees.
D’Urzo is excited about the camp’s growth, and she hopes that this is the first of many years for the camp at Waynesburg University.
“CAMP Tech has been around for seven years,” D’Urzo said. “This is the first year that it has expanded to include two more locations, with the hope to reach more students in the IU1 service areas of Fayette and Greene counties.”
Morning sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions will take place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Each session costs $60; however, students may attend the whole day for a discounted rate of $100, space permitting.
Those interested in CAMP Tech are encouraged to register early. Space is limited to 16 campers in each session, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and to register online, visit www.iu1stemcenter.org/camptech.php (registration deadline: July 29).
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