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Computer camp comes to Kingman

KINGMAN - A Mesa nonprofit organization is bringing its popular Minor League Techie Camp here for the first time.

Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology, known as AZ StRUT, is offering two one-day camps to area students in fifth through 12th grades.

The free camps, which provide each child with a refurbished desktop computer to keep, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25-26 at the Kingman Learning Center, 2475 Beverly Ave. Class size is limited to 25 participants each day, and registration is required.

To register, visit www.K12.com/azva and click on "In Person Events," then locate the techie camp on the third page and click on it.

"I'm very excited about the techie camp coming here because this is another opportunity for children in Kingman to get a great educational experience while becoming familiar with Kingman Learning Center," said KLC Principal Heather Appleby. "We're here to be a resource to the community."

KLC provides individualized, online learning to students enrolled in Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of Arizona.

Both are statewide schools that provide education to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. They recently partnered with AZ StRUT to bring the techie camps to Kingman.

During each session, participants will learn how to build a computer while gleaning valuable workplace skills such as teamwork and problem solving. Working computers are disassembled prior to class, and with instruction the students reassemble the computers as they learn the role of each component.

Tom Mehlert, executive director at AZ StRUT, said the organization was started by Motorola and Intel in 1997 to find homes for used, refurbished computers. They are donated by about 100 companies and given to Arizona schools and nonprofits that need them, said Mehlert, as well as to individual students through the techie camps.

Each year, AZ StRUT provides about 3,000 computers to schools and nonprofits, said Mehlert. Its techie camps have grown each year, from 12 camps serving 127 campers in 2011 to 20 camps teaching 220 campers in 2012. This year, Mehlert expects to reach about 500 campers in 30 camps across the state.

He said that while attendance is limited in Kingman's first camp, if more children register than can attend, he will bring more camps to the city this year.

In addition to computer donations and techie camps, said Mehlert, AZ StRUT trains more than 500 students annually at 15 computer refurbishing schools across Arizona.


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