A group of I.T. people in Memphis are starting small with their efforts to get children interested in technology careers. With a budget of about $2,500 and just 16 students, the Society of Information Management sponsored its first summer IT camp for 12- to 15-year-olds.
Teens do hands-on activities and meet with guest speakers at the SIM camp in Memphis.
The camp was held at a local library, with help from schools to recruit kids into the program. It was a big enough hit with students that SIM and the library are carrying it over into the school year, with four-hour seminars and activities one Saturday a month.
The camp had guest speakers and hands-on activities such as teams building their own Web sites. And each day featured what Oglesby calls a "BSO," or bright shiny object, like BlackBerrys and software to edit movies. The surprise hit: A demonstration using ping-pong balls to show how Bernoulli's principle works in disk drives. "Believe it or not," Oglesby says, "that disk-drive 'BSO' demo was the most popular with the kids. They loved it."