Campers tackle the wide world of technology

August 17, 2017

Instructor helps student with cablingTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 17, 2017) – Teenagers and their parents don’t always agree on how to use the free time summer brings. While most teens are ready for some down time, many parents want their teens to be engaged and not just “hanging out.”

For 22 local high school students, a free summer technology camp held in June at Tallahassee Community College was the perfect solution.

(View a video about this camp.)

The camp brought in rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to learn about network cabling, computer hardware and software, technology in manufacturing, graphic design, and more.

While mornings were devoted to faculty presentations and discussions, each afternoon found the students working hands on with the “technology of the day”—from pulling network cables to building a mini-computer called a Raspberry Pi or creating designs using the latest animation software.

Ajai Ottley, a rising senior at Godby High School, is interested in aviation engineering. Ottley said the camp gave him a sense of “how vast the technology industry is and how it’s taking the world by storm. Most of the jobs that come are going to be technology related, so why not take advantage of that.”

Tech campers McCuiston and OttleyOttley enjoyed visiting TCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, where he tried the virtual welding machine. He hopes one day to be part of a similar camp as an instructor.

Mary McCuiston, who will graduate from Leon High School in 2018, also attended the camp two years ago, when she especially enjoyed learning how to do computer coding.

This year her favorite session involved using Mudbox, the 3-D painting and sculpting software. McCuiston hopes to be creative director of her own gaming company one day. She is in the robotics club at Leon, has taken art classes “all her life,” and also enjoys writing.

Camp staff included TCC faculty members Byron Todd, Carlos Miranda, Jessica Jones, Amy O'Donnell, Mike Vickers and Carlos Torres.

For information, contact Carlos Torres at or (850) 201-8966.