Youngsters learn about engineering at Camp25 event

Published 7:54 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Whereas these children participated in a project about sinking a ship. — Frank A. Davis Tidewater News

Projects included door bells, egg drops and sinking ships.


Camp 25 and the Franklin Department of Parks & Recreation teamed up to sponsor a robotics engineering camp for boys and girls from ages 4 to 14. The camp was held on Sunday in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

Plans for the camp were arranged to bring engineers from the Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth to come to Franklin to direct the camp. The group was lead by Shakunda Edmonds, Deputy Division Head of the Reactor Engineering Division. Others serving with her included Timothy Jones, nuclear supervisor in the controls engineering division; and Jernai Ellis, engineering supervisor of the test equipment branch in the nuclear testing and operations division.

After the opening and introductions, the campers were lead in an icebreaker project to learn how much weight would be needed to sink a model ship that the group designed.

Afterward, the campers were divided into groups that worked on two projects. Project one was for the groups to build from scratch a doorbell project that would ring after completion. Project two was to build a container that would protect an egg that would be hand-dropped to a hard surface.

Eric Benton, executive director of Camp 25 said, “We have about 50 diverse youth campers that are learning a lot about engineering. We think that the campers are involved and learning about engineering. This is our first educational camp and we think that it is going very good.”