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Not your father's camp

For approximately 30 students, there was little fear of poison ivy or being eaten by a bear at summer camp last week. But the technology camp at Trinity Academy was a good opportunity to learn a thing or two.

The camp, sponsored by the Florida-based Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, offered a week of such activities as computer skills and virtual robotics.

"This event is a great opportunity for children to learn from hands-on experience and innovative technologies," said Robert Littlejohn, Trinity Academy's headmaster. "We strive to challenge each student, and the IMACS summer camp is a great asset to achieving this goal."

Making lanyards or paddling a canoe were not on the schedule. But Michael Lamson, 9, learned how to make an electric circuit. Kayla Dunston, 11, and Braxton Barbour, 10, learned logic puzzles. And Dean Graham, 12, learned how an electromagnet works.

Not as much fun as toasting marshmallows, perhaps, but good stuff to know.

The camp is open to rising third- through eighth-graders in Wake County. Two more week-long sessions are available this summer, starting July 30 and Aug. 6. For more information, call 919.786.0246 or visit www.imacs.org.