CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A week-long cyber summer camp is preparing middle and high school students for high-tech jobs.
The Charleston County School District's Stem Program teamed up with SPAWAR and other companies this week to present the Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp. The camp offers Lowcountry students the chance to take part in hands-on activities to showcase the endless possibilities of working in technology.
According to Louis Martin with the school district, the camp is also used to "bring [students] into the real work curriculum, not just a curriculum developed by academics."
Students were able to experiment with a number of different high-tech technologies, such as using an iPad to control a robot.
"I was hands-on," said 12th grader Clarence Singletary. "I have never seen this kind of equipment before and it was just amazing how it was brought into the school."
The camp not only gave insights into what jobs are out there, but it also gave participants a first-hand look at what they would be doing in each job.
"I never experienced these things as a kid," said Sabrina Broughton, a recent high school graduate. "So being young, you should know your options and be able to do anything you want to do."
SPAWAR plans to grow the Cyber Camp into a statewide opportunity to help other students develop a career track.
The camp will wrap up Friday with an Independent Cyber Challenge and an award for the "Cyber Warrior".