For the second year in a row, TIE held "Adventures in Tech" summer day camps for students. This year a two-day camp just for girls was added, as well as scholarships provided by grants from Rapid City's Cosmopolitan Club and BHSSC.
TIE Learning Specialist, Julie Erickson, helped facilitate the camps and her enthusiasm for the topic shines as she says the goal is to provide more exposure to computer science for younger students.
"I didn't have a clue what went into computer science and engineering until I was in college. At the tech camps, kids make connections with hands-on activities--creating circuits, using breadboards--it’s just so fun to see them tinkering and problem solving."
Julie says there are so many applications for the skills students practice through exploring computer science.
"Collaborating, trouble-shooting, taking risks, failing--and building confidence, creativity, and persistence as they do these things. What excites me is when kids can leave here and apply what they’ve learned other places.”