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Teen Tech Camp Explores the Technical Realm with SIM

By: Marcey Evans

Teen Tech Camp is coming to the Central Library on July 15 – 20, 2013. Apply today!Teens, wouldn’t it be cool if you could create and program your own video game? Now you can at Teen Tech Camp, an interactive five-day workshop at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). From July 15 – 19, 2013, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, twenty lucky teens – ages 13 to 15 – can learn the fundamentals of computer programming with hands-on training from field professionals.

“Teen Tech Camp is very valuable because it could open the door to a young person’s technological career,” noted teen librarian Keshia Williams. “Campers will have a lot of fun while meeting friends from all over the city and learning the basics of running a business.”

Teens will begin each day, using a specialized program called “Jumpstart,” which allows them to begin a mock business making and selling jump ropes. Following this interactive and educational play, participants will learn other computer software like “Scratch,” developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During Teen Tech Camp, young techies will also work on individual projects to present at the program’s end.

Computer professionals from the Memphis chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) will teach and assist teens throughout the workshop, helping them to achieve three specific goals: 1.) to develop a better understanding of IT career choices before graduating high school, 2.) to experience fun aspects of technology, and 3.) to interact with good role models currently working in IT careers.

“Representatives from SIM come every morning to talk about the roles different technologies play in their professions,” Williams added.

After the final day of the workshop, participants can look forward to graduation. “Graduation is my favorite part of the camps,” Williams said. During this time of celebration and reflection, Williams said teens show their games to their families and friends. “Everyone is always surprised about what they’ve accomplished in a week’s time. It really gives campers something to be proud of,” she added.

For more information on 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.