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SAIT Summer Camps broaden horizons with increased programming.

From building engines to baking treats, SAIT's popular Summer Camps are back with fresh offerings and returning favourites.

Registration opens Monday, Jan. 22 for more than 80 camps available this year. The tough part is choosing just one, says Grant Fulford, Youth Program Coordinator, Learner and Academic Services at SAIT.

"I would take them all," he says, adding that all the programs, complete with descriptions, are now available online.  "I'd have to narrow it down and imagine I had a whole summer."

Yet, he adds, the common theme with all camps is they offer the opportunity for participants to enjoy unique programs in a hands-on learning environment.

Of Mars and Minecraft

New programs in 2018 will take campers from soccer fields to forensic labs, from Mars to the world of Minecraft.

In Supply Chain of Command, participants learn about supply chain management in a scenario set on Mars. Campers take the helm of SAIT mission control and use what they're learning to save Mars colonists.

Learn to Lead, meanwhile, helps future leaders map out a career pathway, gain mentorship experience and develop important workplace skills.

"They will get hands-on experience volunteering in the camps with leaders and learn mentorship skills," Fulford says.

In Corporate Creators, participants manage resources and accounts to master the economy of Minecraft. The project culminates in a final business report with each team's findings and recommendations.

Other new camps cover filmmaking, fitness and nutrition.

Back in the mix

From the kitchen to the skies, many of SAIT's hallmark programs are back this summer.

The popular Mini Bakers program returns after a one-year hiatus. Participants will balance their days between baking delicious treats and on-campus recreational activities.

The Rotor Heads Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) camp, meanwhile, will take participants into the air with drones. Campers can look forward to seeing life-sized drones at SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) and a variety of aircraft — including a Challenger jet — at the Art Smith Aero Centre.

UAV campers will even get a unique memento at the end.

"They will learn the fundamentals of flight and get to take home a drone at the end of camp," says Fulford.

Hidden gems

Fulford also notes several hidden gems for campers this year.

Map IT! participants create their own mini-worlds in an augmented reality sandbox. The program builds an understanding of the technology behind Google Earth, satellite navigation and route planning.

It's not every day kids get the chance to build an engine. Yet that's exactly what they'll do in the Inventioneer program. Using 3-D modelling and printing, campers create their own Stirling engine to take home.

How to register

Fulford says popular programs such as cooking, baking, welding, robotics or hockey typically sell out quickly. Registration can be completed online, over the phone or in person starting Monday, Jan. 22 at 9 am.

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