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Cook County students go hands on with high tech at Technology Camps

Jul 17, 2021 03:29PM ● By Editor
All photos: Boreal Community Media

From Boreal Community Media - July 17, 2021

North Point Youth Center in downtown Grand Marais was a a busy place this past week as local Cook County youth learned about technology in the 2nd year of tech camps hosted by Boreal Community Media, Cook County Higher Education, and the newly formed North Point Foundation.  Campers learned about computers, networks, wireless connectivity, coding, and then created their own movies and presented to the group.  

Boreal Community Media's Executive Director, Lisa Bauer stated that "We are so happy to once again bring these technology offerings to Cook County youth, along with our partners.  Because of the pandemic, we were not able to host camps last summer so we were happy to bring them back to the community.  We are grateful to the community and education minded organizations who awarded us grants that made this possible and removed financial barriers for local families".  

The camp was led by instructor Mike Wiens, who is the Director of Technology at Legacy Christian Academy in Andover, MN as well as an adjunct instructor at Hennepin Technical College.  Assisting Michael for the week was local Boreal technology guru/intern, Tristan Surbaugh.  

Some of the campers offered feedback on their week at tech camp below: 

Joao- "My favorite day was when we coded with Python!" 

Aanakwad- "I really liked when we took apart the computer and that Mike was fun to be around." 

Liam- "Learning Python was a really good experience. I want to design video games even more now. " 

Jack- "I liked when we made the movie because it was fun acting and editing!"

Lydia- "I really enjoyed editing with Photoshop. I liked editing heads on different bodies and then putting in cool backgrounds."

Garrett- "My favorite part of the week was working with Photoshop because you can be creative with the program and make ANYTHING."

This camp was made possible by the collaboration between Boreal Community Media, Cook County Higher Education, and North Point and the funding by the generous grants from Operation Round Up and the Cook County Community Foundation.  The Cook County Food Coop donated drinks and snacks for both weeks of camps.  

Another technology camp is set to begin on Monday, July 19 with the talented Jaye White leading this session focused on learning and expanding photography, videography and production skills.  To learn more about this free camp for youth ages 12-16, please follow this link to learn more and to register through Cook County Higher Education::

Instructor Jaye Whites gives a preview on the Photography/Videography camp to be held next week

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