WESTON , W.Va.Computer skills and technology building exercises are not usually associated with summer camps.
However, thats exactly the experience campers will receive at West Virginia University Extension Services Alpha I 4 -H Camp, July 12-17.
Wired and Wonderfulclasses at the weeklong camp take place each July at WVU Jacksons Mill State 4-H Camp in Weston.
Taught by technology experts, the classes enhance campersknowledge of technology through activities like model rocket building, creating animation, video games and multimedia projects. Campers also build computers.
In addition to these new skills, the campers will be trained to teach senior citizens in their communities to use computers and technology.
Our 4-Hers will get to experience a wide variety of new technology,said David Hartley, WVU Extension agent in Kanawha County.
The goal of this program is to give campers exposure to new and growing fields of science.
Other activities will include water quality testing and Web page development.
Wired and Wonderfulstarted three years ago as a partnership with Verizon, who provides $10,000 in funding for the technology learning experience.
Campers range from sixth-grade students to 21-year-olds.
Two scholarships are awarded in each county to help campers defray the cost of camp.
Alpha I camp provides 4-H members with personal development experiences that help them grow as individuals. Its also designed to help campers display more personal confidence and take on leadership roles.
For more information about 4-H, contact your countys WVU Extension office, or visit www.ext.wvu.edu