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Summer Science Camp

July 31, 2017 @ 10:15 am - August 3, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

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One event on July 31, 2017 at 10:15am


Summer Science Camps at the Rapides Parish Main Library!

The Rapides Parish Main Library, located at 411 Washington Street in Alexandria, is offering free to students ages 10 and up; two 4-day Summer Science Workshops.  Retired mechanical engineer, David Sproles, conducts each session that allows registered students to explore using low voltage electrical circuits, transistors, integrated circuits, and micro-controllers.

These programs are offered free and are geared to students whose parents might not have the extra funds for specialized science and engineering workshops and programs.

The Summer Science Camps were made possible by a corporate contribution from Cleco.  “Cleco supports programs that help students grow an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Jennifer Cahill, Cleco’s public relations manager.  “When companies, like Cleco, take part in education, we help strengthen the workforce of the future.”

Registered students will also have an opportunity to work with Arduino kits, an open-source hardware and software ecosystem that enables anybody to be creative with technology. There are also plans to tear down gadgets and let students see how household and office machinery work.

The two, 4-day planned workshops are scheduled:

  • July 24 through July 27, 2017, from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm; and,
  • July 31 through August 3, 2017, from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm.

The Rapides Parish Main Library’s MakerSpace was created as a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. The Summer Science Camp aligns with the MakerSpace initiative and the principles of S.T.E.A.M. which refers to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.  By using S.T.E.A.M. curriculum choices in schools and in incorporating these same principles into library programming, helps students discover and explore their interest in science and technology and spark their curiosity in potential careers in science, mathematics, and engineering.

For more information on these workshops, contact Tara DeMarco Williamson, Main Library Programming Manager at 318-445-2411 ext. 1036 or by email at


July 31, 2017 @ 10:15 am
August 3, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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Rapides Parish Library Main Library
411 Washington Street
Alexandria, LA 71301 United States
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