USC Salkehatchie hosted an exciting camp presented by the SC Governor’s School for Science and Math (GSSM) from July 22 – July 25. Almost 70 seventh and eighth graders from Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties were immersed in a variety of team-based, tech-savvy activities at iTEAMS (Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship among Middle Schoolers) camp.
The three project groupings were Tech Startups, Cyber Security and Mobile Apps.
The students were divided into teams that brainstormed product, gaming and app ideas. The two strongest ideas in each grouping were chosen for development by teams of students. Each idea was developed to fruition with students creating working Android apps, interactive computer games, and developing new products for market. Campers learned to use several types of software including Alice, MIT App Inventor, Logo Garden and Prezi to complete their activities.
On Thursday, the teams presented their projects to a panel of 6 judges as well as area dignitaries, friends and families. Each project included pricing models, organizational structures, business plans, product designs and logos. After judging the winning team who marketed a complete remote control solution called the ‘Multi-Touch’ was announced. Other awards included one for an all-around camper and two scholarships to Go Sci Tech!, GSSM’s week-long residential summer camp experience.
In addition to USC Salkehatchie, the camp was supported by funding provided by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). Local school districts provided transportation.