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DURHAM, N.C. – Shodor’s 2010 summer workshops are about to begin. Starting on Monday, the workshops will cover a range of topics, all related to science, math, and technology.

is based in Durham and is a national resource for computational science education. Each workshop being offered this summer is a week-long experience aimed to help students better their basic computer skills.

There are 14 total sessions being offered to both middle-and high-school students throughout the summer. Workshop times vary from half-day to full-day.

Four workshops make up the schedule for the first week beginning on Monday.

High School

  • Morning: Programming Concepts – explores computer programming topics.
  • Afternoon: Web design – allows students to create their own Web site.

Middle School

  • Morning: Engineers in Training – students explore possible engineering career paths.
  • Afternoon: Modeling Your World – introduction to computational science

Later in the summer these same workshops will be available for the opposite age group.

Additional topics throughout the summer will include programming, iPhone application development, graphics and math concepts, and more.

At the end of summer, there will be a two-week program called the Shodor Scholars Program (SSP), where advanced students work with more complex subject matter. They will study sophisticated levels of computational science technologies and use this knowledge to review an assortment of scientific events and investigations.

The final workshop session will requires a teacher nomination in order to participate.

Workshops are taught by Shodor interns and supervised by Shodor staff. Shodor has more than 30 interns this summer, and they play a large role in the successful production and completion of the workshops. In addition to the help of interns, Shodor has 12 summer apprentices who spend six weeks of their summer at Shodor. These apprentices will assist staff members with the workshops, among other duties such as individual project work.

Dr. Robert Panoff, Shodor’s Executive Director, said some of the organization’s best work over the years has come from producing outstanding students through these kinds of workshops, apprenticeships, and internships.

“Shodor helps students build and sustain an interest in science, mathematics, and technology through use of innovative technologies starting in upper elementary grades and progressing through their middle and high school years” said Panoff. “Shodor gives students the opportunity to experience directly how computing and communication technologies showcase the power of observation, the excitement of exploration, and the joy of discovery with accomplishment."

Hillary Stoker, Shodor’s internship and communications coordinator said Shodor has really found a niche that uses innovative and inventive technology to give students real-world experience in the computation field.

“Hopefully students walk away from Shodor not only with a better understanding of how things work, but also with an excitement to learn more and greater respect for technology,” added Stoker.

All workshops will be held inside Shodor’s office in Durham. Any North Carolina student is eligible to sign up with most of the week-long, full-day workshops costing about $200. There also are scholarships available for students who would be unable to meet the full cost of the workshops.

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