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Youth from Friendship Court Participate in PVCC’s KidsCollege Spring Break Academies

Kids College Spring Break Academies John with girlSpring break means sometimes kids are at home searching for ways to keep themselves busy during their time off from school.  However, several third- through sixth- graders from Friendship Court stayed busy participating in a week-long Spring Break Academy offered by PVCC called 3D Terrain Explorations.

John Haverkamp, who has a background in artisanal crafts and computer software instruction for youth and adults, kept the Friendship Court kids busy for the week. The class ran from April 3-7 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. each day and taught the kids how to create a 3-D world.  The kids explored a variety of 3-D programs such as World Machine, Unity and Autodesk 123D to learn about 3-D computer terrain creations. Through a step-by-step process, the youth generated a 3-D computer walk-through in the Unity Game engine and also built real cardboard topographic dioramas of their terrain. While creating these worlds, the youth learned about the processes of geological and ecosystem simulation models. Tory Twitty, Friendship Court Activity Coordinator, was on hand to help John out.

Kids College Spring Break Academies John with group

This Academy was the result of an ongoing partnership between Piedmont Housing Alliance and PVCC KidsCollege. During the past several years, dozens of Friendship Court students have been able to take advantage of this program that PVCC offers.

Thanks to Piedmont Virginia Community College for their continued partnership and work with the Friendship Court youth who seemed to have a blast.

We also thank Verizon for their $10,000 grant in support of STEM programming which serves to close the technology gap, provide high-quality educational opportunities, improve school readiness, and build community for the families who live at Friendship Court Apartments.

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Registration for Spring Break Academies through PVCC Now Open

PVCC Spring Break Academies are coming right up! Friendship Court kids are encouraged to apply through next Wednesday, March 23rd.

The scholarship application can be found here. There is also a $5.00 fee.


Kodu Game Lab
You will design the game, rules and how to win! Kodu lets you create your own game using its visual programming language. To create your game, you will use basic computer, math, problem-solving and storytelling skills. After your game is finished, you will test it out with other students and play their games as well. John Haverkamp has a background in artisanal crafts and computer software instruction for youth and adults in university and community settings.

Create Your World – Hip Hop, Poetry and You
Open your minds and play with words in new ways! You can try freestyle rap, poetry and brainstorming techniques to express what’s unique to you. Use performance poetry and word play to develop your own “word art” piece. You will learn about stage presence, projection and how to connect with your audience. Bernard Hankins is a spoken word poet, videographer, musician and TEDx Charlottesville Open Mic winner.

April 4-8 (Monday-Friday)

1:30-4:30 pm

PVCC Stultz Center

3th-6th graders
All students receive certificate of
completion and a PVCC Student ID

All are invited to student presentations on Friday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.

QUESTIONS OR TO REGISTER: Email Dom Morse at dmorse@piedmonthousing.org or call him at the Friendship Court Community Center at 434-295-9794.

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Parent registration and permission required. Supported by the Freas Foundation and the Rotary Club.