A team of six rising sophomores at St. Joseph’s Academy participated in Cyber Discovery Camp at Louisiana Tech University in early June. This weeklong experience for high school students teaches participants applicable life skills through instruction, self-creativity and teamwork. Students enjoy the opportunity to enrich their academic background through a wide range of cyber-related challenges.
Students in this year’s camp participated in robotics activities, cyber ethics discussions, paper writing, using 3D modeling software to build a cardboard fort, skit writing and presentations. They joined students from Mount Carmel Academy, West Monroe High School, West Feliciana High School and Little Elm (near Dallas).
Hannah Champagne said she enjoyed writing an essay addressing movies related to cyber themes, writing code to program a robot and learning to decrypt inscriptions. “I also enjoyed meeting the other teams and spending time with my team,” she said. “The other teams were all super-friendly, and I enjoyed making alliances with them during the final robot challenge. My team became extremely close throughout the week, and some of my favorite memories came from us sitting in the dorm at 11 p.m. programming our robot, Geraldine, and writing a play about the zombie apocalypse.”
Kearra Grisby said she enjoyed learning from professors in the English, computer science, history, engineering and architecture disciplines. “Everyone was able to learn about the different fields and complete the activities,” she said. “By the end of the week, everyone found what activities they were best at to help the team. Once everyone found what they did best, it was easy to help. The other teams were nice, as well.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Aimee Cronan