iCREATE, the Division of Information and Technology, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching hosted a camp from July 9 to July 13 for 19 middle school students from the local community.
The camp was designed to teach the students about creative and innovative technology. Each day featured five key concepts including Intro to Innovation, Conceptualization, Design, Robotics, and Digital Media. “My favorite activity was flying the mini-drones in the tent,” said Cody Dickinson, age 12.
Utilizing resources of the iCREATE lab, students used laser cutters, 3D print pens, spheros and other technology to engage in hands-on activities and learn about the concepts. Activities included a scavenger hunt, make your own lava lamp, and a mini Roth Regatta. These experiences not only taught students about technology, but required them to use efficient teamwork and communication skills.
“Besides teaching, we focused on getting our campers to open up to each other and make friends,” said Sera Nakisli, iCREATE Outreach Coordinator. “We are an Inventors Camp but our activities were designed to improve and strengthen our campers’ teamwork and communication abilities. The iCREATE staff saw great improvement in these abilities toward the end of the camp.”
iCREATE provided a staff of student volunteers to help manage the camp and held it in their space in Harriman Hall. The lab provides the campus community with ideology and tools for technology innovation and creativity to further research and inspire the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
The camp received positive feedback from the students and their parents. There are plans for the iCREATE Inventor Summer Camp to return in 2019.
— Cohen Miles-Rath, Community Relations