OSWEGO -- The first-ever SUNY Oswego Technology
Camp, Aug. 9 to 13, will aim to help fifth through eighth-grade
students plug into problem-solving exercises while learning about
Sponsored by the SUNY Oswego department of
technology, the camp will offer daily sessions on topics including
robotics, digital imaging, flight and computer-aided design.
The camp will be very hands-on with "make-and-take"
projects, said coordinator Judith Belt of Oswego's department of
technology. "One great thing is that students will be able to walk away
with something they constructed and with a feeling of accomplishment,"
Professors from Oswego's technology department will
lead the sessions in Park and Wilber halls on campus. "Robotics:
Machines in Action," taught by Mark Hardy from 9 a.m. to noon, will
allow students to build robots and learn about how robots see and work.
Another 9 a.m. to noon daily session, "Digital Imaging: Camera to
Computer" under Tim Patterson, will show youngsters how to take, edit
and alter digital photographs.
"Flight: Da Vinci to NASA," led by Dan Tryon from 1
to 4 p.m. daily, will teach children how to build kites, small planes
or solid-fuel rockets. Another 1 to 4 p.m. session, "CAD for Kids:
Puzzlemania" taught by Donna Matteson, will let youngsters design and
create two- and three-dimensional puzzles.
Costs for each five-day session is $175, except for
the robotics class, which costs $185. There is a $50 discount for
anyone enrolled in more than one session, or for two or more siblings
There are multiple goals behind starting this
program at Oswego. "One is to introduce as many children as possible to
technology to make them more technologically literate," Belt noted.
"The second is that we want to introduce both genders to technology.
From some reason, many girls feel that technology is not for them. So
we're trying to show this is not the case and to create some diversity."
The sessions reflect the changing face of technology
programs and how Oswego fits into that trend. "Technology education has
come from industrial arts and project building to problem solving,"
Belt said. "We're hoping to enhance the problem-solving emphasis."
The initial effort is a kind of pilot program, she
added, with an interest in expanding the camp next year if this year
goes well. Future plans could include holding concurrent sessions for
interested teachers to enhance technological classroom initiatives.
Organizers picked up the idea from a successful camp at Millersville
University in Pennsylvania, with the director of that program being
helpful and open to assist Oswego with starting this program, Belt said.
Since the first edition is only a week long, with 15
hours per session, there is no residential component and organizers
expect most attendees will probably live within driving distance.
More information and a registration form are
available at www.oswegotechnologycamp.com.