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Rhodesology Summer Camp sparking interest in future careers

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Students at Rhodesology Summer Camp are launching their careers this week through a wide variety of S.T.E.M. projects. Students at Rhodesology Summer Camp are launching their careers this week through a wide variety of S.T.E.M. projects.
The various camps range from Minecraft modders to sports and fitness to crime scene investigation. The various camps range from Minecraft modders to sports and fitness to crime scene investigation.

Students at Rhodesology Summer Camp are launching their careers this week through a wide variety of S.T.E.M. projects.

13-year-old Annette has a dream of being a computer scientist and is attending Rhodesology, a series of camps at Rhodes State College, to get experience in her dream field.

"I just like building. I've been hooking up cameras at my home and I've been doing a lot at home so I thought it would be better if I could do it out here too," said Annette.

Throughout the week, Annette along with the other Rhodesology campers, have the opportunity to code and create both virtual and physical objects. The various camps range from Minecraft modders to sports and fitness to crime scene investigation. According to Paul Burkholder, Department Chair of Information and Emerging Technology, Rhodesology students commonly go to the camp because they are attracted to the fun activities, but often find a passion for specific fields while there.

"They start to get a little bit of those skills and it gets them excited about it. Maybe looking at it as a long-term goal. Maybe a career choice, maybe a choice when they go to college. So by getting them excited here in the middle school ages, then translates into high school. It helps to build that skill set for them so that when they do start looking in high school, they can start looking at these being potential careers and getting this found, they know what they need to have to build on those careers," explained Burkholder.

Annette's favorite part of the camp so far has been building a robot and coding it to do certain things, an experience leading to her dream job as a computer scientist. 

If you have a child between sixth and ninth grade that is interested in attending Rhodesology, there are still open spots this Thursday and Friday. Contact Kathi Stephens at 419-995-8334 for more information and to register.

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