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Teen Tech Camp 2013 Benefits Technically Talented Teens
By: Marcey Evans
Teen Tech Camp 2013 was a techie’s heaven July 15 – 19 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Teen Tech Camp offered participants a chance to create their own video games with the assistance of IT professionals from the Society for Information Management (SIM).
“This year’s camp was great,” said teen librarian and event organizer Keshia Williams. “Every year the students’ projects never cease to amaze me!”
Each morning of the camp, SIM professionals coached teens who later worked on their own projects. At the week’s end, teens presented their work to their parents who appeared equally intrigued. “Parents were really impressed with the finished projects and asked about other venues that could offer their teens a chance to learn more technical skills outside of school,” Williams commented. “And all the teens wanted to know if they could attend next year’s camp too!”
For teens ages 13 – 15 who are interested in attending future Teen Tech Camps, Williams said she advises them to start the process early to secure one of the program’s 20 spots. “Start looking for the application beginning in April so you’ll have plenty of time to get the required teacher recommendation and to thoroughly complete essay questions,” she said.
A competitive camp, similar to the competitive IT field, Teen Tech Camp 2014 is expected to be a step above the rest. “Each year seems to build upon the previous years and is even better,” Williams said. “The value is priceless! If you plant this seed of making technology fun and innovative, it will become a foreseeable career for students!”
For more information about Teen Tech Camp, call (901) 415-2732.
This event is sponsored by the Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management and the City of Memphis.
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