RCA hosts summer camp in partnership with Google

CONYERS — Rockdale students looking for something to do over their summer vacation can explore the world of technology and design through a camp held at Rockdale Career Academy.

Maker Camp, a free camp that has infrastructure through Google in the form of Google+, provides student inventors and artists with the chance to build and design technological projects during a five-week program. Beginning on July 7 for two days a week, students ages 13 through 18 will get to create contraptions such as self-powered water fountains out of plastic bottles and vinegar-baking soda motorized rockets.

Science Technology Engineering and Math education is a major area of focus for Google, according to a press release. Google gets involved with Maker Camp by allowing students to access the camp from their homes or other locations, and showcasing their creations with other Maker Camps throughout the world via Google Hangouts.

An instant messaging and live-stream video chat platform, Hangouts allows up to 10 parties at a time to connect and chat with each other from anywhere across the globe, according to Google. Hangouts is currently used in various business settings in the same way as a phone conference call, connecting multiple people at the same time.

“What the end goal for Google is for us to show what we’ve made to them, and then tweak it in our own way,” said RCA Maker Camp counselor Seth Field. “And then if it’s very good and very interesting, they have a contest with it too.”

The press release also states that Field Trip Fridays, also held through Hangouts, allow students to virtually visit organizations such as NASA, Lego and Blue Man Group.

Field added that there about 20 to 30 students enrolled in the camp so far. For more information, contact RCA at 770-388-5677.