The theme for Craven Community College’s (Craven CC) annual summer camps is “Great Explorations.” This theme captures the mixture of fun, education and career discovery that participants are exposed to during camps. Craven CC’s summer camps are run by faculty, staff and students. The range of camps are offered to a range of ages including children entering 1st to 12th grades.
“We hold the K-12 camps to stimulate interest in science and the arts,” said Dr. Betty Hatcher, dean of Liberal Arts & University Transfer at Craven CC. Hatcher said, “We really enjoy having young students on our campus during the summer.
The 2017 camp line-up features returning popular camps such as Creative Creatures, Let’s Bowl! Pottery Camp, Junior Mad Scientist, Mad Scientist, N.C. State Middle School Engineering, Shark Geek, and STEM Robotics. Three new camps scheduled for this summer are Arts and Crafts, Science for Little Hands, and 3-D Printing & Electronics: Drone Design I & II.
Craven CC science lab coordinator Sara Jones said she is looking forward to leading rising 6th to 9th graders in the new Arts and Crafts camp. “First off, I want the campers to have fun and then make things that they are proud of,” said Jones. Campers will be studying a little about famous artists such as Kandinsky, Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh, and then using that inspiration to create artworks such as masks, dreamcatchers, paper gems, and block prints.
The new Science for Little Hands invites the youngest campers yet to the college. Rising 1st to 4th graders will explore science through experiments in physics and natural science. Don Carpenetti, Craven CC chemistry instructor, said the goal of the camp is introduce science to very young children with hope that they will continue to be excited about science as they grow older.
According to Craven CC manufacturing and composites instructor Jeff Brown, The new 3-D Printing & Electronics: Drone Design I & II camp idea came from the growing popularity of drones coupled with the interest middle school students have showed in 3-D printing when they tour the college’s Bosch Advanced Manufacturing Center. “It is like two camps in one,” said Brown.
The rising 6th to 9th graders will learn how to use the Autodesk Inventor® 3-dimensional computer-aided drafting (3D CAD) software to design and print small quad-copter drone body. Craven CC electronics engineering technology instructor Mike Keirn said campers will learn about electronics principles by building a simple DC motor with a battery, and have lots of fun learning.
Young artists enrolled in the Arts and Crafts, Creative Creatures, and Let’s Bowl! Pottery camps will also be involved in end-of-week showcase receptions to reveal their artistic creations to their families.
Shark Geek has planned trips to the Aurora Fossil Museum and the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores as part of their camp.
The cost for most summer camps are $160 and durations are one week. N.C. State Middle School Engineering camp cost $250. 3-D Printing & Electronics: Drone Design I & II costs $300 and is a two-week camp.
For more complete camp information, schedule, costs, deadlines and registration, go to the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/summercamps, or call (252) 638-0141.
Deborah Kania is the director of communications at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in New Bern Sun Journal.