GGC to host summer Tech Camp for grades 7-12

Middle and high school students will explore computing careers, design their own games and mobile applications, and build robots as part of the third annual Georgia Gwinnett College School of Science and Technology Tech Camp – a hands-on, experience-based week of exposure to the computing future.

Middle and high school students will explore computing careers, design their own games and mobile applications, and build robots as part of the third annual Georgia Gwinnett College School of Science and Technology Tech Camp – a hands-on, experience-based week of exposure to the computing future.

Designed for middle- and high school students, GGC’s Tech Camp program promotes creative thinking and problem-solving. No previous experience is required.

Participants will use the popular LEGO Mindstorms to build their robots. They also will film and edit movies, and learn what life is like at a residential college campus.

GGC Tech Camp engages students in the exciting ways computing is used as a problem-solving tool, and provides a collaborative, fun environment for students to build teamwork and leadership skills.

“Middle school students will build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots,” said Nannette Napier, assistant professor of information technology and a camp co-director. “The campers will explore the GGC campus and interact with students and faculty.”

Campers have classes during the morning and participate in fun programs in the afternoon, including camper favorites like the scavenger hunt and recreation day, as well as some new activities.

Funding for the equipment was made possible through a grant from the Georgia Tech Institute for Computing Education (ICE). One of the goals of ICE is to increase the number and diversity of computing students in Georgia.

“The grant allows us to buy more computing equipment for our camp,” Napier said. “We’ll purchase mobile devices so that our high school students can develop applications that can run on cell phones.”

College faculty and staff teach and supervise the campers. GGC students provide additional assistance during the program.

The program fee is $185.00, and financial aid is available for a limited number of students with demonstrated financial need.

To register, visit http://hercules.ggc.edu/ggctechcamp/. There is a $35 non-refundable application fee that is applied to the camp’s total tuition of $185. The priority registration deadline is April 18.

High school students may attend a coed program the week of June 13-17. Camp week for middle school boys is June 20-24, and June 27-July 1 for middle school girls.

For more information contact Nannette Napier or Kristine Nagel at 678.407.5458, or send an e-mail to TechCampAdmin@lists.ggc.edu.

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