VALPARAISO | Nineteen middle-schoolers learned all about design technology during a camp at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
Taught by Suzan Perry, department chair for design technology at the campus, and Matt Savarese, of Task Force Tips, students were introduced to a variety of programs and learned 3-D design, Illustrator, Photoshop and Solid Works.
"The kids created a design on paper and then using our 3-D printer they were able to create what they drew," said Perry. "Our goal was to expose these kids to what they can do on computers, and maybe it will help them later on as a graphic designer or engineer."
Perry said the camp is for the kids because they learn things they can actually use later on.
Quinn Troy, of Michigan City, liked the camp because there aren't that many computer camps.
"I learned a lot and it was fun," he said.
Cesar Medina, of Hammond, learned how to manage Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
"I learned a lot more than I thought I would," he said. "I liked making the 3-D models."
Ivy Tech partnered with United Way during this camp, and 10 children from the Boys & Girls Club were able to attend the camp free of charge.
"This is the first time United Way and Ivy Tech partnered on this and this is a great opportunity," said Aco Sikoski, vice chancellor at Ivy Tech. "It's great that this institution can provide these opportunities to kids and their futures."
Sanja Kirova, of Portage, hopes to use what she learned later in life.
"I want to be a web designer or game maker," she said. "I like all the programs we learned."