Technology Camp to connect with young learners

imageYoung learners with an interest in technology and problem solving can plug into the Oswego Technology Camp at SUNY Oswego July 25 to 29 and Aug. 1 to 5.

Half-day classes for each five-day session will offer hands-on lessons in simple machines, computer-assisted design, Web design, robotics, digital imagery and flight. Participants can sign up for as many as two sessions each week.

“The kids who come to a camp like this are kids who are so interested in learning,” said coordinator Judith Belt of the college’s department of technology. “Last year, they just soaked up everything and did everything much faster than we had anticipated. These kids were truly interested in the technology of it, and that was exciting for us.”

Lessons aim to show that there is more to technology than working on computers. Sessions are geared toward hands-on participation, problem-solving and creating objects. “The whole point of this camp is that they will have something to take home at the end,” Belt said.

Sessions are mainly designed for rising fifth- through eighth-graders, but interest from last year’s eighth-graders in returning for second-level courses means that some high school students are welcome, Belt noted. Some sessions will run sequentially to accommodate those who may have already taken a course at the Oswego Technology Camp.

Running 9 a.m. to noon will be “Simple Machines: Rube Goldberg Style,” “Robotic Rover Building Lab: Machines in Action,” “Digital Imaging: Camera to Computer” and “Web Design: Camera to Internet.”

“Flight: Da Vinci to NASA” will run 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. both weeks. “CAD for Kids I: Puzzlemania” will run 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 25 to 29, with “CAD for Kids II: Kaleidoscopes” running the same time Aug. 1 to 5.

Belt sees a connection between the type of teacher training the college has done for more than 140 years and cultivating interest in 21st century technology.

“We’re trying to increase awareness of the connections between math, science and technology,” Belt said. “I think that can happen because we’re a teacher training institution and we look at long-term goals and results. We’re very aware of making sure there is some kind of learner outcome.”

Courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and sessions will be limited to no more than 15 students.

Enrollment for the robotics session is $185 per week; cost of all other courses is $175 per week. Discounts of $50 if a student takes two or more sessions or if two or more siblings enroll are available if participants register by July 20.

For more information, visit or call 312-3162.

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PHOTO CAPTION—Robot rollers: The Oswego Technology Camp at SUNY Oswego will return with two separate weeks of instruction, July 25 to 29 and Aug. 1 to 5. Shown demonstrating robotic cars constructed at last year’s camp are, from left, Kyle Martin, Jarrod Kaier-Green, Joey Hutchins, Kyle Button and Nate Pacheco.

(Posted: Jun 28, 2005)