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Facebook funds tech camps at UNM Valencia

TOMÉ – Five special technology camps serving a total of 100 students were held at the University of New Mexico-Valencia campus in June and July.

The community college received $13,299 for the summer technology camps from a 2019 Facebook Community Action Grant earlier in the year.

Dean Laura Musselwhite was thankful to Facebook for the opportunity these camps provided to the students.

“I think it’s great exposing the youth of the community to these interesting technical ideas,” Musselwhite said. “We’re hopeful that it will spark some sort of interest in the students for future education or even a career.”

These camps were targeted at middle and high school-aged students, though there was one workshop specifically for adults. The five camps explored different aspects of technology, such as coding, cybersecurity and 3-D printing.

School of Dreams Academy senior Sebastian Sanze said he participated in the camp because he wanted to learn about 3-D printing.

“I don’t own a 3-D printer and I saw some friends make cool things with one, so I wanted a chance to learn about it myself,” Sanze said.

“The teachers have been very engaged with the students, and I think the students are very satisfied with what they’re learning,” Musselwhite said.