Smallwood Multimedia Bootcamp introduces high-schoolers to all things high-tech

Each year during the summer in mid-June, the @One Digital Media & Technology Center, part of the University Libraries, hosts a media bootcamp for aspiring high school students in Northern Nevada. The bootcamp, sponsored by a generous donation from the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, is in its 11th year of programming. The 2022 bootcamp included nine students hailing from Reno High School, Spanish Springs High School, Careers and Engineering Academy, and Coral Academy.

Throughout the two-week program, students learn about various media techniques and technologies. They travel across campus to visit different university departments, including the Visual Perception Lab run by Dr. Webster, the Reynolds School of Journalism Lab run by Kari Barber, and the Self-Movement Lab run by Dr. MacNeilage.

“During bootcamp, students learn from our team of highly qualified faculty,” said Daniel Fergus, Acting Director of @One Digital Media & Technology Center. has to offer. This is to provide a full and diverse experience for our visiting high school students.

During the first week of camp, students become familiar with the faculty and techniques. During the second week, they are challenged to work together to write, produce, film and edit their own short film before presenting the final product in the Wells Fargo Auditorium for an audience consisting of their families and the community. from campus.

“Students were guided through every step of the creative process while learning industry standards and strategies to improve production values,” Fergus said. “They each had access to top-of-the-line cameras, equipment and spaces.”

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