Creative Learning at Pepperdine
From 3D printing to virtual reality, Pepperdine University’s Genesis Lab is a state-of-the-art makerspace that offers cutting-edge technology to the university community throughout the academic year. Younger students will be able to join the fun this summer, when Genesis Lab runs five week-long summer camps for middle schoolers in June and July.
Over the course of five days, campers will use the latest technology to solve puzzles and take on challenges in an active-learning environment. Small groups of campers will allow individual attention and learning. “Our goal is to blend child-like imagination with learning about technology,” says Anna Speth, the Librarian for Emerging Technology and Digital Projects at Pepperdine University. “We plan to do this by using a thematic adventure to connect the various tasks and challenges the campers will face.”
From STEM to STEAM: Integrating the Arts
Many tech-oriented summer camps for students focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Genesis Lab Camp will also incorporate humanities and the arts into the curriculum. As a result, it will be a STEAM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) that encourages interdisciplinary thinking and exploration.
The camp expose middle school students to emerging technology while allowing them to build interpersonal and critical thinking skills. “We hope that our campers leave with newfound curiosity, inspiration, independence, confidence, and problem-solving skills to prepare them for the future,” says Landon Phillips, the Co-Director of the Genesis Lab and Lead Instructional Designer at Pepperdine.
Led by Experts
Speth and Phillips will draw on years of relevant experience in running the Genesis Lab Camps. Speth previously worked with the Dig@Lab at Duke University, using emerging technology to look for new interpretations of humanities disciplines, and with the User Research Center at Harvard University, performing usability testing on archival discovery software. Phillips co-authored the grant that created the Genesis Lab at Pepperdine, and also holds a Master’s degree in Learning Technology. As a member of the faculty at Pepperdine, he teaches a class on Photoshop and Design.
There will be five week-long camp sessions in June and July:
1) June 18-22 (Girls Only)
2) June 25-29
3) July 9-13 (Girls Only)
4) July 16-20
5) July 23-27
Camp sessions will operate Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 2 PM, with a 30-minute drop-off and pick-up period for parents. Snacks and lunch will be provided daily at no extra charge.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.pepperdine.edu/genesislab/.