The Departments of Computer Science, Fine Arts and Music hosted three one-week summer camps in July for middle and high school students. The camps will appealed to students interested in studying either music, jewelry design or robotics, according to organizer Courtney Starrett, an associate professor of fine arts.
The Computational Bead Design Camp was an interdisciplinary project designed to introduce 20 middle school girls to computing and beginning programming, digital modeling and additive manufacturing techniques. The history of computing and the history of beads, as objects of adornment, are inextricable and were introduced simultaneously as both have been a representation of a civilizations’ technological advancement. This project highlights the bead as a current marker of our technological advancements through computing and 3D printing.
Support for the camps came from Georgia Tech and Winthrop University’s Research Council, along with support for the jewelry camp from National Center for Women & Information Technology’s AspireIT program.