Hands-On Learning a Hit With Students at Career & Tech Summer Camp

Two students, one wearing a baseball cap, the other in a red sweatshirt, work together on a project during the BOCES Career and Technical School Summer Camp.
Hands-on learning about computers, carpentry and culinary got rave reviews from students attending our inaugural summer camp from July 8-12 on the Albany campus of our Career and Technical School.

Choosing an active start to the summer, more than a dozen Niskayuna and Schalmont middle schoolers recently came together for a week of learning at our inaugural Career and Technical School Summer Camp.

During the camp, students explored careers such as nursing, culinary, carpentry, automotive and internet application design—five of the approximately two dozen careers paths our BOCES offers students—and learned how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are integral parts of each of them. 

“I really enjoy all of the activities and hands-on things we did,” said attendee Peter Barcomb of Niskayuna.

“This was fun,” added fellow Niskayuna student Anya Afridi. “I didn’t want to spend my summer just sitting home on my phone and social media. I wanted to learn new things.”

Two smiling girls wearing protective goggles display the wooden hearts they made during the BOCES Career and Techincal School summer camp.
Like older students who attend our Career and Technical School, middle schoolers at our Career and Tech summer camp spent a lot of time learning while doing—designing  imprints for bags and socks in a session on internet applications, making pasta and sauce from scratch in our culinary kitchens, and crafting wooden heart-shaped frames.

For teachers and organizers, the camp served as a valuable means of reaching younger students, sharing some valuable skills and helping them better understand about jobs available to them.

“It may not be something they do for a career, but cooking is a life skill—an important one. No matter what program they are in, they are learning a life skill and gaining some valuable knowledge while also having fun,” said chef and teacher Mark Brucker.

“This was a great opportunity for these students to undertake career exploration and to see what really exists out there and how they can pursue those paths,” added Denise Fernandez Pallozzi, assistant director for curriculum and instruction.