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Technology Summer Camps and Scholarships

Posted by Carl E. Reid Sunday, April 11, 2010














Do you worry about your child being properly positioned to compete in the work force and climb up the proverbial corporate ladder?  Will s/he survive future societal and economic pressures?   In the article "Global Competition: U.S. Students vs. International Peers" by Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, the chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education,  Donald G. Knezek states “I don’t have to keep being pounded by the obvious facts about the dominant role technology is going to play in [students’] civic life, work and productivity, communication, and social interactions,”.

If it's true what experts say about China and India being more focused than the U.S. on developing students’ technical skills, Summer time is a perfect opportunity to combine fun with technology learning for our children.

Sure, you deserve to start planning a long overdue vacation to recharge your batteries. Is alone time only with your significant other part of your vacation planning? With some scholarships available, consider sending your child to a fun filled technology summer camp. From space exploration, to building roller coasters to crime scene investigation these camps offer social environments that make learning fun with math, science, computers, physics, biology, engineering and astronomy.

This is the time of the year when inner city youth programs focus on creating job opportunities for teenagers. What about the grammar and middle school children?  Technology summer camps prepare younger children for when it's their turn to work.  Let's not forget the life time skills these summer camp experiences provide.  My father always said, "travel experiences are the best education a parent's money can buy".  As a child I experienced "Indiana Jones" type educational adventures, including a 30 day car ride from the Bronx down to Mexico exploring the Aztec pyramid ruins, then on to Guatemala (age 11), going to school in Trinidad (age 12) and Fresh Air Fund wild life nature excursions (age 10).  These are just a few of my childhood summer camp adventures that set the stage for me to compete and become an extremely successful information technology career intrapreneur and entrepreneur over the last 28 years.

Below are some technology summer camp options to explore for your child.  Some scholarship deadlines may have expired.  Think of it as an opportunity to better plan your child's summer education and fun next year.

Hobbs Foundation Summer Science Camp Scholarship
Spend a week exploring outer space, building roller coasters, or
experimenting with Hollywood special effects. 
Application deadline is May 3, 2010.

Orlando Science Center Summer Camp
Spend a week up-close to Tyrannosaurus rex, launching rockets, or exploring outer space?

EXCITE Camp - Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering
Empowers middle school girls in the fields of math, science, and engineering. Previous sponsors have included H.B. Fuller Company Foundation, IBM Corporation, the Medtronic STAR Foundation. 
Application deadline is May, 2010.

U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation Scholarships
The ultimate 6-day experience for campers ages 9 to 11 who want to be an astronaut!

Infotonics Summer Science Camp
Using popular themes, the camp helps students discover science, math, technology and engineering.  2010 programs include
Mission to Mars, CSI: Crime Scene Investigators and Magic of Harry Potter. Application deadline is may 31, 2010


Girlsstart Summer Camp
Empowers girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Scholarship application deadline is May 3rd, 2010

The Advancing Hispanic Excellence in Technology, Engineering, Math and Science (AHETEMS) Foundation offers Space Camp scholarships for Latino students in grades 6-8 or ages 11-14. Those awarded are able to participate in either a three or six day camp experience.

The Army Community Service Space Camp Scholarship is available to children military personnel, including those who are reserve or retired, and who live no more than 50 miles away from Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

The Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial NASA Space Camp Scholarship allows the children of military personnel, past, present or reserve, to attend Space Camp.

3 comments

  1. John Stall Says:
  2. You're right about the potential for the United States lagging with shortage of students in sciences and technology fields. Good resource links for my kids continuing education when school is out.

     
  3. Jeanne Says:
  4. This is a refreshing article. Most web sites and blogs deal with adult stuff. Thinking about our children's future is what all people should be focusing about all the time.

     
  5. Carl E. Reid Says:
  6. Thank you Jeanne and John for your comments. Please spread the word about iTechSpeak

     

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