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Campers Catch Waves At CCCCD Tech Camp

Campers Catch Waves At CCCCD Tech Camp

APRIL 12, 2002 - Collin County Community College District will offer Tech Camp 2002, a high-tech summer experience designed to bring math and science to life for local students entering grades 7 - 10 in fall 2002. The camp is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Brandenburg Life Foundation, Texas Instruments, Nortel Networks and Ericsson.

Students will be able to send and catch radio waves this summer in one of three Tech Camp sessions. Tech Camp I (beginner camp) will be held in two sessions: June 3 - 14 and July 22 - August 2 at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, One Nature Place in McKinney. Advanced camp will be held June 17 - 28 at CCCCD's Preston Ridge Campus located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco. All sessions will focus on early training for emerging and high-demand wireless occupations.

With the guidance of CCCCD professors, students in Tech Camp I will learn direction-finding skills used by search and rescue teams worldwide while they go on electronic "foxhunts." Using wireless technology as an extension of their senses to locate others, campers will work in teams of two to find hidden transmitters (foxes) using maps, math skills, compasses, watches, radio transceivers and hand-built directional antennas. Students who acquire an FCC Part 97 Technician Class License with Morse Code by the end of camp will receive a hand-held radio.

Advanced Tech Camp will take students into a world of secret codes. Unlike children's simple code breaking games, these students will send encrypted messages through the air using Phase Shift Keying (PSK) 31, a keyboard to keyboard communication mode. The encrypted message will "hitch a ride" on a sound wave, travel to another computer and students will have the challenge of cracking the code. Students in this camp must have acquired an FCC Technician Class License before attending camp. Students who upgrade their licenses during camp will receive a transceiver kit that will allow them to communicate keyboard-to-keyboard with other operators all over the country.

Both camps offer students the opportunity to make contact with people throughout the world via satellite transmission. Students bring a lunch and drink and attend 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday -Friday. The cost is $350 per two-week session. Registration is limited, and a letter of recommendation is required. Registration ends May 13. For more information, scholarship information or an application, visit or call the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary at 972-562-5566 or