Discovery Lab Global expanded our program to the middle school students in the summer of 2017. The first ever Middle School Program was a great success. We are excited to continue a variation of this program this fall.
Students will collaborate in teams and will learn how to navigate and code, as well as research in our virtual environment. This program will teach the students how to learn, communicate, problem solve as they work in teams. These students will ultimately have the same experience as the high school and undergraduate students. They will gain technical experience and will learn soft skills at an early age.
Currently, we are accepting registrations for our Fall Tech Cyber Camp (FTCC). Each session is one day a week for 5 weeks. During this time, you child will learn how to navigate, build, apply scripts to objects, be challenged to think creatively while problem-solving and working in teams.
There are two remaining sessions to choose from:
- Tuesday, September 12th - October 10th (in session)
- October 17th - November 14th
- 7th and 8th grade students
- No prior experience is required.
- A computer
- A headset with a microphone
- OpenSimulator (this software can be downloaded for free online). After your child is registered and follows the appropriate steps to get signed up, we will provide access to our secure 3D grid)
- An Internet Connection
The Fall Tech Cyber Camp is at no charge to the students in 2017.
What Parents Are Saying About Their Child's Experience...
"We hope you continue offering such projects to middle school students so they can use cutting-edge technologies to solve real-world problems, make them well-rounded through STEAM experience, and prepare them for a bright future. We really feel fortunate that our daughter got this opportunity."
I would like to compliment and express our gratitude for conducting the Discovery Lab Global Internship Program for middle school students. Our daughter, an 8th grader, got the opportunity to work on the “Mission to Mars” project and she benefited from it in a number of ways. First, it made her think about science and engineering issues relevant to making Mars hospitable. It also made her better appreciate the conditions on earth. Second, she got hands-on experience with virtual reality, and the upcoming technologies. Third, this project gave her firsthand taste of teamwork, and experience the role of collaboration, communication, and planning in project’s success. She honed both her leadership and presentation skills. Last but not the least, she also experienced ‘Office of the Future’ as she participated in the virtual world while traveling in a car connected to the internet via a hot spot created using a phone!
"From this experience, I know that my daughter gained confidence, presentation skills, learned how to work in a team, the importance of deadlines and being prepared. Most importantly, she signed up for a coding class and was excited to go back to school."
I am very grateful that our daughter was able to participate in the middle school program this summer. She tends to struggle in school and feels she is not good enough, not smart enough. She was not that excited to learn I had signed her up, but she loves Minecraft so she was open to the idea of building cool things. After the first class, she came to me and said "hey, I'm pretty good at this!" She was very excited about learning and building in the virtual environment. From there, I had to get her to sign off when the class time ended, and when her two week cyber camp was over - she came to me and asked why she wasn't allowed to continue on in the remaining 6 week research internship. It completely took me by surprise. Needless to say, she completed the entire 8-week summer program. Her team was given the opportunity to present at the Discovery Lab Global Open House and at the Ohio State Fair - opportunities that are not often offered to students her age. I cannot say enough good things about this program. Thank you, DLG!