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Surprise in Store for Teen Tech Camp 2014

Organizers encourage teens to apply early!

By: Marcey Wright

Teen Tech campers 2013 had a blast learning to create their own video games with the help of industry professionals from SIM.Keeping up with the latest technology in today’s world is a task, but each year the Memphis Public Library and Information Center makes the task a lot easier for teens during Teen Tech Camp (TTC), an interactive, five-day workshop that allows young techies a chance to learn cutting-edge software from industry professionals of the Society for Information Management (SIM).

“Teen Tech Camp gives teens the opportunity to explore what is out there for them in the technological field,” explained Keshia Williams, event organizer and Humanities librarian. “Hearing SIM representatives talk about their college backgrounds and careers also offers campers a more concrete way of setting their goals toward a future in the world of technology.”

In previous camps, teens have learned to create their own video games using software like Scratch and Wings 3D, but organizers say TTC 2014 will provide campers with a new range of skills. “Instead of designing a game, campers will develop apps to use on cell phones,” Williams said. “They can expect to plan and develop their apps, have lots of fun, and make new friends from all over the City!”

Only 20 campers, ages 13 – 15, will be admitted into TTC 2014, which is completely free of charge. Applications will be available starting in May. “It is very important for teens to submit their applications on time, making sure it is filled out completely,” Williams noted. Since admission to the camp is so competitive, Williams offered a few pointers on how land a spot. “We base our selections on the essay questions that teens must submit, as well as the required teacher recommendation,” she said.

Currently, plans are still underway for TTC 2014, but parents are encouraged to get applications for their teens as soon as they are available. “Apply, apply, apply!” Williams concluded.

For more information about Teen Tech Camp 2014, call (901) 415-2726.

This event is sponsored by Memphis Public Libraries, the City of Memphis, and the Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management.