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Multiple Summer Camps available for Rutherford students, deadlines approaching

June 12 - 16  — 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
STEMEx introduces students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, and includes insightful tours, interactive discussions and hands-on activities. Open to rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Application deadline: April 28. APPLY

Camp M.D. Presented by Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital 
June 19 - 23  —  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Camp M.D. presented by Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital introduces students to healthcare careers and includes behind-the scenes tours, intriguing discussions and hands-on activities with introductions to curriculum for healthcare-related programs at local educational institutions. Open to rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Application deadline: April 28. APPLY

BEP Summer Business Camp presented by State Farm
July 17 - 28  —  8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
BEP Summer Business Camp Presented by State Farm introduces middle school students to the basics of the business world. Students form teams, write business plans, develop marketing strategies, and create presentations for the final day. Stakes are high, as all members of the winning team receive laptops as their prizes.
Open to rising 7th and 8th graders. Application deadline: April 28. APPLY

STEM for Underrepresented Middle School Girls presented by MTSU
June 12-16 — 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is offering a one-week summer STEM camp for underrepresented middle school girls. Participants spend one day learning about each letter of STEM—one day on science, one day on technology, one day on engineering, and one day on mathematics. Friday will include small group activities to develop a poster describing one activity covered during the week that the students particularly liked. Activities are fun, hands-on and age appropriate. APPLY


2017 Rutherford Works Code Camps

The following is the list of four Code Camps that will be offered this summer by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce's Rutherford Works initiative. All camps have a max of 20 students, run from 9:00 to 3:00 each day and are BYO Lunch

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce will host a parent reception and project demonstration event at the Discover Center on June 16 for Elementary and Middle School Camp participants and on 30 for the Robotics and Raspberry Pi participants.  Both will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


MAKER LAB - Elementary students - Cost: $250
June 12-16 — Barfield Elementary — Facilitators:  Tim Carey and Herman Nelson

Hands on Coding Technology Camp for incoming 3rd through 5th Graders

Description: Campers will have the opportunity to explore the world of computer science through various coding activities and hands-on physical computing. Each camper will develop basic coding skills as they make their own 'apps' with MIT's Scratch coding platform. Campers will also create their own video game controllers as they problem solve their way through the world of physical computing. No experience is necessary, but campers should have a positive attitude and adventurous spirit. APPLY


Think it! Design it! Print it in 3D! - Middle school students - Cost: $250
June 12–16 — Blackman High School — Facilitator:  Ken Hardison        

Use Design Software to 3D Print Anything You Can Imagine – Recommended for incoming 6th – 8th graders

Description: Campers will be taught a basic design software (Tinkercad, part of the Autodesk suite of tools) and use it to design and personalize everyday objects like name plates, key rings, bookmarks and phone cases. Then, we will print them on the 3D printer! Need a gift idea - think it, design it, print it! Curious how gears work - think it, design it, print it! Want to have a personal dragon to sit beside your bed - think it, design it, print it! All items you make will be yours to take home after being displayed at the Discovery Center. APPLY


STARS Camp:  Science Technology, Automation and Robotic Systems - Middle/High school students - Cost: $300
June 26-30 — Stewarts Creek Middle School — Facilitator: Stephanie Finley

Build and Program Your Own Robot – Recommended for incoming 7th – 12th graders.

Campers will be introduced to the Edison® robot, allowing them to explore programming and construction of robots. Using Lego® bricks, campers will be tasked to build various design features for their robots as they complete challenges. Campers will also learn about AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles). Best of all, each camper will get to keep their own Edison at the end of the camp!

Campers will also learn the basics of building a robot, programming, and industry standard C-Programming languages used by professional engineers and computer scientists. Campers will work in teams to complete robotics challenges that will allow each team to invent, design, build, and produce a working robot prototype. APPLY


Video Game Development That’s Easy as Pi (Raspberry Pi) - High school students - Cost: $300
June 26-30 - MTSU / Old Main - Facilitator: Neal McClain

Explore engineering, computer science, and electronics by assembling your own Raspberry Pi mini-computer.  Recommended for incoming 9th – 12th  graders.

Description:  Campers will learn programming with the Raspberry Pi 3. The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, open source computer which is capable of running a modern Linux operating system and controlling real world devices.  The campers will first learn basic electronics and Python programming, allowing their Pi to process input from switches or other devices and control LED lamps and other components as output devices.  They will then learn how to process input from a USB game controller and manipulate graphics using an attached monitor.  With this knowledge, they will build a simple video game using the Raspberry Pi.
At the end of the camp, campers will be shown how to use their Pi and game controller to set up a retro gaming console capable of playing a number of vintage video games.  Campers will keep their Pi, controller, and electronics kit. APPLY



June 6-9
Blackman High School is offering a journalism camp this summer. It is open to all rising 8th-12th-graders. Check out the attached flyer for details. INFORMATION