CBI planning special programs in July for youth

Cumberland Business IncubatorThe Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) is planning some special programming for young people the week of July 11 through 15.

One of the activities is a week-long “Make Camp” targeted at youth from eight to 18 years old. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, starting July 11 and ending July 15, at CBI’s Crossville office. Registration is limited to 16 people.

Holly Hanson, CBI Director, says each camper will learn how to use CAD and other design software, 3D printers, electronics bench, laser engraver, CNC controller wood carver, complete woodshop of tools, sewing and embroidery machines, and vinyl cutter. You can learn more by reading CBI’s announcement (CBI Make Camp).

The other event, scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. on July 15 at CBI’s office, is targeted at females who are in the first through sixth grades. The program and the sponsor have the same name. Maker Girl, the organization, is a non-profit entity that is conducting a summer road trip to provide 3D printing session to girls across the country.

Hanson notes that women are underrepresented in STE(A)M fields at all levels, and the “Maker Girl” program strives to change this by igniting an interest in STE(A)M at an early age. Registration is limited to 20 young women to ensure each has time to design and print her 3D project. To learn more, read this CBI release (CBI Maker Girl).

Registration forms for both programs are available by calling the CBI office at 931/456-4910.

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