Marlboro College

News Press Release - After-School Tech Labs at The Technology Center

BRATTLEBORO, VT - From September through December, local students in grades 4 through 9 can participate in weekly after-school tech labs at The Marlboro College Technology Center.

Three different tech labs -- one for girls in grades 6 through 8, one for boys and girls in grades 4 through 6, and one for boys and girls in grades 7 through 9 -- will help beginner and experienced students to develop their skills with computers and multimedia software applications. Each lab will include time for both individual and group work in various Webpage design and Web publishing tools.

Starting on September 18 2001, the Girls Tech Lab will take place on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and continue every week through December 11, except for November 20. Lab projects for the 90-minute sessions may include creating a personal Website with multiple pages; using DreamWeaver; scanning; working with digital photography; downloading from the Web; using PhotoShop and ImageReady; understanding Internet safety; creating a group Website; and more.

Beginning on September 19 2001, the Coed 4-6 Tech Lab will take place on Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and continue every week through December 12 except for November 21. Lab projects for the 90-minute sessions may include graphic artwork; digital photography; image manipulation and collage; taking apart and restoring old computers; creating Webpages, posters, and cards; understanding Internet safety; and more.

Starting on September 20 2001, the Coed 7-9 Tech Lab will take place on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and continue every week through December 13 except for November 22. Lab topics for the two-hour sessions may include Web design; Web publishing; working with digital images and scanners; using video on the Web; Flash; understanding Internet safety; and more.

The instructors for the camps will be Dawn Everett for the Girls Tech Lab, Jane Wilde for the Coed 4-6 Tech Lab, and Drew Gradinger for the Coed 7-9 Tech Lab. Everett and Gradinger are alumni of The Marlboro College Persons School's Master of Arts in Teaching with Internet Technologies program.

Everett teaches technology at Vernon Elementary School and was featured in Newsweek magazine for her work there. A leader in raising interest and opportunities for girls in technology, she is a regular instructor for the girls summer technology camps at the Technology Center.

Wilde owns a technology company called Absolute Computing Solutions, through which she sets up computer networks, repairs computers, and teaches people how to enjoy using computers. She works with Guilford and Halifax elementary schools, the Brattleboro Area Hospice, and CABA, to name a few clients.

Gradinger is a social studies and Website design teacher at Kindle Farm Children's Service, a private boys school in Newfane. He has taught several workshops for both educators and students at the Technology Center.

The cost is $150 each for the Girls Tech Lab and the Coed 4-6 Tech Lab, and $200 for the Coed 7-9 Tech Lab.

All three after-school tech labs will take place at the Marlboro College Technology Center at 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

To register or to receive more information, please call (802) 451-7500 or email techlabs@techcenter.marlboro.edu.

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