Thomas Nelson is proactive in enriching the community and realizes that children are a vital part of the community. The College makes many efforts to encourage educational growth. Among the programs the Peninsula’s Community College has created to support those endeavors are its summer camps. These three-to-five-day summer camps are geared toward middle and high school students. The camps enable these students to experience STEM, manufacturing, and innovative technology. They develop potential for future career goals and opportunities in technological industries. In recent years, Thomas Nelson students have given back by becoming student assistant coaches to help with some of the programs. The collaborations from the camps provide great opportunities to get first-hand experience of what Thomas Nelson can offer campers for their future.
In its sixth year, this camp introduces rising 7th to 10th grade students to modern manufacturing through designing, producing and manufacturing products using manufacturing machines. Camp-goers explore the world of entrepreneurship, learning how to sell their product from design to marketing. A competition at the end of the camp requires the teams to manufacture their products in a fixed time.
This is the perfect camp for students who may have previously attended Peninsula K-Next!, and have an entrepreneurial sense. Students focus on more advanced technological skills including in- depth computer aided drafting (CAD) programs and 3-D printing machines. is camp requires teams to take their products to the next level of entrepreneurship by presenting their concepts and business plan to a panel of judges to seek funding, similar to the television show “Shark Tank.”
SUMMER TECHNOLOGY CAMP
Technology camp available to rising 9th to 12th graders interested in the field, this four and a half day camp gives students a chance to focus on mechatronics, automotive technology, computer programming for games, and designing a race car that the teams actually race.
SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP
The science labs include“Designing/ Building a Mousetrap Car,” which teaches the theory of simple machines and more; “Exploring the Chemistry of Solutions and Polymers,” which lets campers complete projects such as constructing a clock from an orange and “Explore the Miniature World of Microbiology,” a lab that encourages campers to discover how microbes are spread and more. Other science labs include “Build Muscle Memories,” which covers how human muscles move the body and more; “We’re All Human – and All Different – How Come?” that offers lessons on the variation among humans and “Investigating Earth’s Geology” which covers processes that transform the Earth and much more.
Campers are given the opportunity to build, program, and fly their“quad-copter”. e camp, open to students who have previously attended Imagineering!, as well as rising 8th through 11th graders, explores why and how their quad-copters fly. ere are also opportunities to design items using CAD and then build them using 3-D printers. Campers also visit state-of-the-art organizations operating using the world of unmanned aerial systems, also known
•as drones. For the competition on the last day, the student teams present their products to a panel of judges and fly their quad-copters around an obstacle course – or better known as a “rodeo”.
ROBOTICS AND CODING CAMP – HISTORIC TRIANGLE CAMPUS
Tis camp is a great opportunity for students ages 7 – 13 who are curious about how technology works. Participants build robots and discover how computer games and apps are made. Camp-goers learn about how their interest in technology can positively shape the future.