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UCHS student invited to CyberCave Academy

UCHS student invited to CyberCave Academy

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 11:48 am

The Messenger 06.20.08

Union City High School senior Brandon Crume has been invited to attend the CyberCave Academy at Murray (Ky.) State University this summer while attending Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS).
The son of Debra Crume of Union City, he is a varsity football player and recently attended Boys State.
Several high school students have been invited to attend CyberCave Academy free technology summer camps at MSU. Students from Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana will spend part of their final summers before graduating from high school in a classroom. That’s if you consider a black light-lit, cave-like room blaring strobe lights and rock music to be a classroom.
These high school students spend five days on the MSU campus in what’s known as the CyberCave Academy, where they are exposed to telecommunications technology. The creative hands-on atmosphere of the CyberCave encourages students to have fun while learning about technology at a college level.
This year, MSU’s Pro-gram of Distinction in Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) will be hosting its fifth round of summer CyberCave academies. TSM faculty member Marcia Combs and Center for TSM staff member Dana Howard, along with TSM student workers, have developed another year of fun-filled CyberCave programs for students who want to learn about technology.
While at the camp, students work with technology such as network devices (routers and switches), wireless applications, video and voice communications, Web servers and network services topped off with creative activities like making their own podcasts or 3-D games.
“Most students walk away from CyberCave with more than just fun memories, though. They take what they learned home with them,” CyberCave coordinator Dana Howard said. “We get feedback from the kids all the time after they have left the camp and they love telling us the stories about them building their own computer network at home or even making their parent’s home or office network more secure through the hands-on learning experience they had at the cave.”
Students stay all week on campus in the MSU Residential College System and hang out with the TSM student workers. Along with the telecommunications technology, other activities are planned for the students to enjoy throughout the week with their CyberCave buddies and student workers. They include movie nights, time at the MSU Recreation and Wellness Center and treasure hunts around campus.
And the best part about the CyberCave Academy? Parents are always happy to know that this safe and educational summer activity is absolutely free. Students’ lodging, meals and class time are completely paid.
Created in the summer of 2004 with one camp, the amount of CyberCave campers more than tripled in 2005 with three camps and continues to grow every year thanks to continued support from high school teachers and community leaders. In 2007, 60 students from five states and 29 different schools attended.
Because of its growth, CyberCave now has three first-year camps and one second-year camp. Second-year camps are for those students who have already experienced this alternate classroom atmosphere and are ready to go again. Almost 50 percent of the second-year campers every year return to MSU in the fall as a college student as a result of their exposure to MSU at the academy.
The academy spots fill quickly.
For more information, visit the Web site at www.murraystate.edu/tsm/cybercave.

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