Grundy students get technology boost
BY JEANNE MILLSAP Correspondent August 23, 2013 2:48PM
Updated: September 27, 2013 6:08AM
MORRIS — Fourteen middle school students are more computer-savvy as the new school year starts, after they participated in a week of computer camp in Morris.
Grundy Area Vocational Center began offering the camp for kids in fifth through ninth grades in 2004, giving students a chance to explore their technological sides.
Previously called the GAVC Technology Camp, this summer’s program was renamed GAVC Technology and Multimedia Camp, with the addition of the school’s multimedia and graphics teacher Joe Terrel.
GAVC computer maintenance instructor Leanne Dammann leads the camp. She actually began it as a way to interest young women in the field after noticing a distinct lack of interest in technology by her gender.
“We started off with only four girls in the class,” Dammann said. “I wanted them to become more comfortable with technology — to get interested in technology. We brought in several woman speakers in technological fields.”
The camp was popular, but turned coed in 2008 after the continuing queries of several young men.
The camp is free and open to any student in GAVC’s feeder schools. This summer, students from Saratoga School, Shabbona Middle School, Coal City Middle School and Morris Community High School participated.
Students assembled computers from their parts, made networking cables, connected their computers together to form a network, and worked on photo and video editing projects.
Dammann said there may be a follow-up camp next summer for the students who participated this year, in addition to another camp for first-timers.