You might want to call The Learning Center! Charter School’s “Inventor’s Bootcamp” a “fitness program for the brain.” Now in its second successful year, the four-day Inventors Bootcamp challenges area middle and high school students with hands-on experiences in emerging and highly innovative technologies.
The Learning Center! has partnered with California based, high-tech company, Table Top Inventing as part of the school’s themed summer enrichment offerings–open to all area students. Inventor’s Bootcamp, the company’s traveling science workshop, is the brain-child of Table Top Inventing founder and CEO, Steve Kurti, who grew up in and around Murphy and Franklin, NC. Inventor’s Bootcamp is typically only offered in large cities but Kurti is interested in giving back to the area from which he hails and has brought this valuable experience to students in rural western North Carolina.
Table Top Inventing’s mission is to inspire a generation of kids to be tinkerers, explorers, innovators, and deep thinkers by helping them develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to become world changers.
Kurti, self-proclaimed “Chief Maker and Mad Scientist,” holds a PhD in physics and has an undergraduate minor in education. Together with his wife, Debby, who has a Masters degree in Educational Technology, make a dynamic team committed to creating interesting learning activities focused on the cutting edge of emerging technologies.
This year’s line-up is designed to challenge students and keep their thinking skills in tip-top condition over the summer break. Some program offerings include robotics, 3-D design, how to use 3-D printers, how to create simple artificial intelligence, computer programming and microprocessors, and Arduino Electronics (an open-source platform for building electronics projects used by people just starting out in electronics.)
The program experience promises a new outlet for more creativity, self-directed critical thinking skills, and exploration of the unknown. An important note, pointed out by the school’s director, Mary Jo Dyre is that, “No technical experience is necessary.”
Murphy is one of only four stops across the U.S. for Inventor’s Bootcamp. The project originates in Phelan, California.
Inventor’s Bootcamp is a four-day program open to all area middle and high-schoolers beginning Monday, June 15 and running until June 18. Registration is required and closes Friday, June 12. Special reduced pricing ends May 29th so register by then to take advantage of the savings. Learn more about about the program and costs by clicking <<<HERE>>> or call The Learning Center! at 828-835-7240. The school also offers a wide variety of summer enrichment programs for 1st through 8th graders. Call for details.