Summer Lego camps ready for action at NGTCJune 4 | Posted by editor | Habersham, News, Union Tags: North GA Technical College, Summer Camp
Blairsville, GA – From hydraulics and robotics to simple programming, this is not “your daddy’s Lego camp.” For five years, kids between the ages of six and twelve have been enjoying a week of summer challenges in simple mechanics and engineering at North Georgia Technical College’s Lego Camps.
“I’m pretty excited to be able to add to the program,” said Instructor Brad Cagle. “Every year we try to bring another dimension to the experience. For this summer’s camps, we’ve acquired some software to go with our robotics.”
Lego® Camps will be held on all three of the NGTC campuses. The groups will be divided by age but the curriculum is very similar. The Blairsville Lego® Camps are scheduled for July 9-13, the Currahee Campus Lego® Camps will be held July 16-20, and the Clarkesville Lego® Camps will finish the summer season July 23-27.
Cagle, who was sitting cross-legged on the floor amidst a pile of Lego pieces and a computer laptop, grinned quickly and noted, “People accuse me of playing on the job, but it’s about knowing what to expect in a classroom of students.” And being prepared in a classroom full of bright, eager minds in the middle of summer, one certainly needs to be prepared for the unexpected.
These campers will build and work with models to investigate fixed and movable pulleys, gears, belt drives, and more. “Although Lego® is in the title, we do go beyond just playing with blocks,” explains Instructor Brad Cagle. “The focus is actually on problem-solving and team-building skills using Legos® as the vehicle for learning.” Recreational activities will also support those same concepts.
The cost to attend one of these Day camps is $150. Camp sessions will run from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to Noon on Friday with a special celebration and “show-and-tell” for parents at lunch on Friday.
For more information including dates and camp details, call 706-439-6334 for the Blairsville Campus camps, 706-779-8106 for the Currahee Campus camps, and 706-754-7737 for the Clarkesville Campus camps. Register online at http://www.northgatech.edu/pages/coned/courses.aspx.
Photo: Brad Cagle programs the Lego duck to nip colleague Ruth King’s finger.