Delta Dental Sponsors an ITEC Game Design Summer Camp

July 22,2013


$2,500 donation will help middle-schoolers build computer programming and math skills

LANSING – The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) and Delta Dental of Michigan are partnering to deliver a summer camp that shows students how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) contribute to the creation of a favorite pastime: video games.

Through a $2,500 donation, Delta Dental of Michigan will sponsor ITEC’s Game Design summer camp at the Lansing Community College East, from July 29h to August 1st. Over the course of the week, summer campers aged 12-15 will learn how to create and play their own games with the help of experienced game designers. Campers learn technical skills in programming, geometry, and computation — and how skills like these can help them to better express their creativity.

“We are excited to be partnering with Delta Dental on our summer camps, and in furthering our joint mission to build STEM skills in area youth,” explained Kirk Riley, ITEC’s Executive Director. “They understand bridging the STEM gap is how we continue to produce brilliant scientists, designers, and health professionals, including dentists.”

The camp will include a presentation from Delta on the connection between science, medicine and good oral hygiene. Delta Dental is also providing each Game Design summer camper and one of their parents with tickets to a Lansing Lugnuts game on July 30th.

“Whether it’s talking to kids about oral hygiene or the inner workings of a game, this collaboration is all about getting kids interested in learning STEM,” said Kylie O’Brien, Delta Dental Grant Officer.

Delta Dental has been devoted to promoting children’s oral health for over fifty years. By investing in educational projects and encouraging community involvement from their staff, they strive to teach children about dental hygiene and enrich local students’ understanding of science and math.

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