LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Over 100 kids started this year's Technology Camp on Monday, sponsored by the Technology Department of the Calcasieu Parish School Board (CPSB).
The camp takes place one week each summer and is geared towards introducing kids, ranging in grades from second to high school, to new technology tools. Last summer, kids learned iPod Touch technology and this year they'll learn about iPads.
When parents registered their children for the program, the $650 fee included the weeklong instruction as well as a brand new iPad for their kids to keep, making these Calcasieu Parish students very happy.
"It's just so much fun, the feeling when you have your own iPad or iPod touch" said camp participant, 12 year old Connor Way. "It's the best feeling you ever had".
Camp instructors say they've seen the importance of teaching kids new technology.
"One of the things we know is that technology excites our kids" said camp instructor, Pam Nicholson. "If we tell a kid to read a book or write a paragraph, we get the 'aw, yuck, I don't want to do that'... if we say blog about it their eyes light up and they get excited and they're ready to go" Nicholson said.
The camp will run through Friday, July 20.