March 22, 2016

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Offers Art, Technology Camps During Spring Break March 28-April 1

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University will present Camp Discovery: Spring Break Edition March 28 through April 1. This Regional Center for Continuing Education-sponsored initiative will feature weeklong morning, afternoon, and all-day enrichment opportunities for community boys and girls ages 5 to 11. 

Camp Discovery: Spring Break Edition marks the continuation of a partnership formed over the summer between VSU and Black Rocket Productions LLC. Make Your First Video Game is a half-day digital arts and technology camp that covers such concepts as conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds, and simple coding. It is designed for boys and girls ages 8 to 11 and will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $169.  

“The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be,” according to Black Rocket Productions LLC. Make Your First Video Game “is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment. From concept to creation, students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of … (the) week.” This camp mirrors “real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process.”

Black Rocket has more than a decade of experience designing camps in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and digital arts fields. According to the United States Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. In November 2009 President Barack Obama launched Educate to Innovate, an initiative designed “to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade,” according to a White House press release.

The Camp Discovery: Spring Break Edition camp lineup also includes Awesome Artists, which is designed for boys and girls ages 5 to 11 who want to make new friends while they learn about drawing, painting, crafts, and more. Campers will have the option of attending this camp from 9 a.m. to noon and/or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Projects do not repeat, so campers can take this one all day if they desire. Tuition is $90.  

Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks and juice boxes will be provided. All-day campers should bring a sack lunch.

Camp Discovery: Spring Break Edition camps are age appropriate, designed to be fun for boys and girls participating, and opportunities to improve academic and/or artistic skills. Each camp will meet at the Regional Center for Continuing Education, located at 903 N. Patterson St.

Transportation is not provided.

The Regional Center for Continuing Education’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the region by providing educational, artistic, cultural, technological, and economic development activities and programs. It works to develop and present programs and activities for professional and personal enrichment of community persons.

Contact Suzanne Ewing, program coordinator, at (229) 245-6484 or to learn more.

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