From July 16th – 18th, 2013, twenty-two 8th graders from the Des Moines Public Schools participated in a Tech Camp sponsored by @tecjourney. The camp provided the students a chance to learn technology, similar to sports camps that are offered during the summer.
Tech Journey is a non-profit organization that relied on volunteers and donations to support the Tech Camp. The tech camp used a three-day format with two half-day sessions on different technologies such as computer programming, web page design, video editing, and 3D printing. The sessions were taught by volunteers from the local technical community. For example, I introduced the students to computer programming using Scratch, developed by MIT.
An open house was held at the end of the third day so that the students could show off what they had learned to their family and friends. The open house was also attended by local supporters of the tech camp, including Gary Scholten from Principal Financial Group and Matt Vincent from Source Allies, Inc.
Tech Journey is planning future events throughout the year leading up to Tech Camp 2014. Year two of the camp will allow the returning students to learn more about their favorite technology while a new set of students will begin their journey.
As Tech Camp expands we will need more volunteers and donations. If you would like to donate or volunteer to help please visit the Tech Journey website.