The theme for the 2019 VITAL Summer Camp was “Mind SAFETY. Avoid SHOCKing Experiences”. The camp was organized at the Moss and Associates Built Environment Informatics Lab in collaboration with Dr. Mario Eraso, STEM Coordinator at the School of Computing and Information Sciences. Sudip Subedi, PhD student at Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability led the instruction. Students from Felix Varela Senior High, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High, MAST Academy, Miami Dade Online, Pinecrest Glades Academy, Ransom Everglades and Coral Reef High School participated in the summer camp.
The format of the class was similar to previous summer camps where the students learned about the basic concepts of coding and virtual reality in the first week and were exposed to a project-based learning environment in the second week.
Since the theme was “Mind SAFETY. Avoid SHOCKing Experiences”, the students were supposed to produce an interactive game that teaches the players about electrical hazards in day-to-day life and how to prevent a fall. The students were free to choose the scenario for their projects. Besides promoting public and occupational safety among youngsters, the camp was designed to teach computer programming, 3D modelling and creating animations to the students.