LANSING’S INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EMPOWERMENT CENTER RECEIVES $2,250 GRANT FROM CAPITAL REGION COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S YOUTH ACTION COMMITTEE
LANSING, MI – Lansing’s Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) has been awarded a $2,250 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee for its Techtronics summer camps.
The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a branch of the Capital Region Community Foundation that funds and promotes programs that help the youth in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The YAC also provides high school students with the opportunity to engage with the public and each other through regular community service programs.
In ITEC’s Techtronics summer camps, Lansing-area children have fun and develop useful skills. In the LEGO robotics camp, students learn how to build their own robot from LEGO bricks and program it themselves. Other camps offer opportunities to study computer programming, game design and media design. In addition to developing new skills, students are introduced to related professions and encouraged to imagine themselves in those roles.
“We know it’s important to keep kids engaged over the summer,” says Kirk Riley, executive director of ITEC. “These camps give them a hands-on experience where they test their creativity and learn to communicate about technology, while having fun.”
ITEC is a nonprofit, collaborative partnership of community, education, business, and government working with students and families in the capital region to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. ITEC’s vision is to enable Lansing area residents to acquire flexible, transferable technological skills that will allow them to participate in a fast-paced global economy.