This summer, the Career and Technical Education Center at TST BOCES is hosting Techapalooza, a series of summer camp programs available for area students between grades 6 and 8.
Featuring seven different camps, participants get hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of fields. Techapalooza Summer Camps are a chance for younger students to develop new skills and make friends from all around the region. The camps are led by TST BOCES CTE instructors and inspired by some of the offerings available to high school students during the school year.
“I like computers, and I wanted to learn about computer coding,” said Paula Carrillo, an Ithaca City School District student going into 8th grade. Paula participated in the Girls & Tech camp, learning some basic web design and video game development. “This is a cool activity, because for a week you learn a lot, even if you don’t know a lot about computers.”
Other camps include Jack and Jill of All Trades, which teaches some basic woodworking, auto care and welding skills; Cupcake Wars, which gives participants a chance to get creative in decorating cupcakes; and Lights! Camera! Action!, which will help campers make their own short film using digital media tools.
“Techapalooza was developed to provide enticing, hands-on summer camps for middle school kids that will introduce them to all of the exciting opportunities that await them at the Career and Technical Education Center on the TST BOCES campus,” said Diahann Hesler, director of Career and Technical Education at TST BOCES. “We expect the summer camp choices to grow and expand in the future, so stay tuned!”
The first camp kicked off July 10 and each runs for five days, providing the students involved a chance to experience some of the programs that are available to high school students through the CTE program at TST BOCES.