‘Maps and Apps’ Summer Camp Promotes Tech Based Fun For Kids

NEW ORLEANS – In a world and an economy driven by technology – and where young people often outpace their seniors in tech knowledge – it's vital to channel a purely fun interest in technology into marketable skills.

         The LARSGIS Institute, a Baton Rouge-based non-profit, is offering summer camps at several locations in south Louisiana in June and July, giving kids aged 11 to 17 the opportunity to enjoy tech-based fun while learning and honing important skills.

         "A 12-year-old who learns to operate a drone at one of our camps this summer may well be designing the next advances in GIS technology," said Fran Harvey, founder of the Institute. "A 17-year-old who learns the links between mapping and microenterprise may be the next Bill Gates. We're here to create those possibilities."

         At locations in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Lafayette, New Orleans, West Feliciana and St. Tammany, four-day summer camps to advance that mission are happening throughout the next five weeks.

         The Monday-through-Thursday adventures cost $250 per student, and run from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

         "In summertime, kids look for fun and parents look for engaging ways to keep their children's minds engaged," Harvey said. "Our camps provide both. The first few weeks sold out and were extremely well received, and we know there are more children and educators who will benefit from the program while having a blast, too."

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