TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 22, 2011) –
Tallahassee Community College’s Division of Workforce Development in partnership with the Tallahassee Housing Authority (THA) is hosting a clean energy summer camp for 20 children of low-income families Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24. The camp includes a variety of lessons on energy and hands-on technology/science projects intended to pique kids’ interest in clean energy and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
Children at the camp will learn about the different kinds of energy production, sustainability, solar water heating and photovoltaic systems. The lessons include fun, hands-on projects such as constructing a solar cooker out of a pizza box and making a solar-powered cell-phone charger.
The camp is funded by a National Science Foundation grant that seeks to improve the involvement of underrepresented populations in clean energy and other STEM fields. All of the camp’s attendees live in public housing or attend the THA’s community summer camps and most will be entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall. This program is on a volunteer basis.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for these children not only to learn about technology, science and mathematics, but also to have a lot of fun,” said Claudette Cromartie, executive director of the Tallahassee Housing Authority. “They are being exposed to a totally different area of Tallahassee and they’re already excited to see TCC’s campus. Hopefully, this program will inspire them to continue their education through high school and beyond.”
According to Marc Dick, lead TCC project instructor, the camp offers an opportunity for young students to see how they can become more energy and green conscious, and provides a pathway for students to become interested in green technology careers. “These campers will become the future employees or business owners in our new green economy. They are gaining practical knowledge to help them understand clean energy, but also possible career paths in a vast array of green occupations,” said Dick.
The camp culminates in an exciting field trip to see a photovoltaic and solar hot water heater installation in real time operation and a demonstration by the students to their parents of what they have learned during the week.
For more information on the Division of Workforce Development’s summer programs for middle and high school students—including upcoming composite materials and technology camps—call (850) 201-9720.