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AITP Knowledge & Innovation Development for Students (KIDS) Camp Initiative

Thursday, December 09, 2010   (0 Comments)
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Your AITP Student Leadership Council (SLC) is proud to announce the completion of the first of two Student Community Outreach Programs - "AITP KIDS Camp".

This initiative aims at providing students with an opportunity to learn more about Information Technology and serves as a platform for students to explore new avenues in the computer world. The technology camp also helps kids develop a well-rounded personality by fueling their creativity, improving their ability to work in a team, and expanding their knowledge.

The SLC wishes to extend our sincerest gratitude to the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) AITP Student Chapter leaders who founded the KIDS Camp and gifted their materials and resources to all AITP student chapters to use. We also send a special thank you to Archana Bhargavi, one of our Region 3 student volunteers, who wrote the KIDS Camp Guide.

If your student chapter and/or professional chapter would like to host an AITP KIDS Camp, the Guide can be found at this link.   The resource documents zip file is located on the AITP portal at this link.  (NOTE: Please select "Save File").  

Both of these files can be found on the Student Promotion Materials page (hover over "AITP Leaders Only" in the left navigation rail, hover over "Student Resources", select "Promotion Materials-Student"). 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at slc@aitp.org, and if you host a KIDS camp, we would also like to hear from you to get your feedback.


Why KIDS Camp?
The world is full of under-privileged people eager to seek a helping hand. There are many instances in life when we feel that we are not influential people who can steer a positive change in the lives of those in need. But the truth is, as Mother Teresa says, "We can do no great things, we can only do small things with great love". It was this small piece of wisdom which motivated the members of Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) to look for opportunities to give back to the community and to make a happy difference in the world around us.

Children are the future of any nation. One of our missions is to help mold children into the next generation of innovators and leaders. Because of the declining enrollment in the Computer Science and Information Systems fields, AITP understands the compelling need to get our youth excited about IT. It was this realization which laid the cornerstone for Knowledge and Innovation Development for Students (KIDS) - a technology camp established for middle school students.

Knowledge and Innovation Development for Students (KIDS) is a rare opportunity to invest your time and resources in influencing the future of the nation. Our contribution might only be a drop in the mighty ocean, but the ocean would be missing that precious drop if we had not contributed to it. So let us go ahead and contribute in our own way to the society which has given so much to us.


Background: AITP KIDS Camp
The AITP Student Chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) developed an IT camp for young students - grades 5 through 8 - which piloted in Summer 2009. The AITP Knowledge and Innovation Development for Students (KIDS) Camp was a huge success. In fact, the Dean of the College of Business approved the AITP KIDS Camp as an official annual summer camp at UTA.

Since other AITP student chapters had inquired about national initiatives that student chapters could embrace as a community project, we asked our UTA Student Chapter if we could create a KIDS Camp Guide book for use by all our student chapters. The UTA AITP Student Chapter agreed and "gifted" all of their camp materials and granted the "right to use" the KIDS Camp logo to AITP National.


Next Student Community Outreach Program: An AITP Teen Camp
We were also "gifted" a Teen Camp for high school students from one of our partner associations, the Society for Information Management (SIM). The SIM Memphis Chapter has successfully hosted a teen camp for over 5 years and has granted AITP the "rights to use" all of their materials. In the summer of 2009, our University of Texas at Dallas Student Chapter faculty advisor, Dr. Mark Thouin, hosted a teen camp using some of the SIM Camp materials as a resource. Dr. Thouin will be assisting us to develop the AITP Teen Camp Guide so we can offer this community project as a national AITP initiative to all of our AITP student chapters.

Best Regards,
Doug

Doug Fogle
Chair - AITP National Student Leadership Council
Region 3 Student Representative


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