Positively Northern Nevada: High school students go high-tech at UNR

Most teens already know their way around electronics, which is evidenced by their near constant texting, Facebooking, tweeting and taking “selfie” photos of themselves with their smartphones. Imagine taking that up a notch. Ten local high school students did just that at the University of Nevada, Reno’s third annual Smallwood Multimedia Boot Camp.

During the camp, the soon-to-be high school seniors are given access to digital cinema cameras, 3D printers, professional level software and a host of super-high-tech equipment. The students are allowed to use the Students Brittany Kent and Lionel Ruckstuhl test some of the high-tech equipment from the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center during the third annual Smallwood Multimedia Boot Camp at UNR.@One area of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge center, which is known as the “technology hub” on campus. That’s usually available only to UNR students, faculty and staff.

The camp is offered free of charge because of a grant from the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation. The foundation also awards a $2,500 scholarship to attend UNR to the student exhibiting the most potential.

Angela Bakker of UNR told me the students come in with an idea of what they’re drawn to, and they soon discover new interests. She said once the kids are able to dabble in different areas, their high-tech world expands.

All 10 students can use the “technology hub” during their senior year, so they can continue their adventure in new technology. I have two important questions: Is there a boot camp like this for adults? And where do I sign up?

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