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May 21, 2007

Technology camps geared toward students in middle, high schools

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's College of Technology will offer two summer camps that focus on introducing students from diverse backgrounds to the many career opportunities offered in the field of technology.

The first camp, called TOTAL (Turned on to Technology and Leadership), is for seventh- and eighth-graders and will be June 10-14. It is targeted toward a multicultural audience but is open to any student in those grades, said Antonia Munguia, director of diversity for the College of Technology.

The second camp, TEAM (Technology's Expanding All Minds), will be June 24-28. The target audience is young women in eighth and ninth grades. Activities will relate to technology in ways that will be of particular interest to young women.

Munguia said the goal of both camps is to help students - especially females and members of minority groups - become aware of what technology is about, the types of careers offered and the academic preparation needed to pursue the jobs of their choice.

"Technology is a wonderfully varied field, and the activities in these camps give students a good overview of the many options open in the field, as well as how they can prepare now," Munguia said. "This is the kind of information they might not ordinarily receive at home or in their classes."

Both camps will be residential, giving students the opportunity to experience life on campus by staying in a residence hall.

At each of the camps, students will attend sessions that focus on hands-on activities led by Purdue faculty and graduate students from departments in the College of Technology. Each camp also will feature a presentation by Purdue admissions officials.

At the TOTAL camp, activities will include sessions on graphic design, creating computer games, manufacturing processes and automation, our Energy Future, a visit to the Purdue Airport, and a session on surveying and math. Participants also will tour the Envision Center and receive an admissions presentation. A visit to the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant will show campers technology processes and a finished product.

In the TEAM camp, participants will explore electronic toys and learn about digital electronics, assemble motors, use models in a Lego-building exercise, learn about creating their own computer world, attend team-building exercises with faculty from the organizational leadership and supervision department, and tour the visit the Purdue Airport.

To register for the camps, contact Jennifer Smith, conference coordinator, at For questions about the content, contact the Technology Diversity Office at (765) 494-2331, . More information on the TOTAL camp can be found at
. More information on the TEAM camp can be found at

The College of Technology also will co-sponsor with Girl Scouts another camp, TAGS (Technology Advances Girl Scouts), which will be July 9-13. Its goal is to help fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade girls become familiar with technology. It also will be a residential camp held on the Purdue campus.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: Antonia Munguia, (765) 494-7522,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: For detailed camp agendas, contact Kim Medaris, Purdue News Service, at (765) 494-6998,

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