News Archives: Summer Camps

Registration deadline nearing for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps

operation_innovationBROWNWOOD – July 6, 2017 – There is still time to register for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps at Howard Payne University. The camps are scheduled July 17-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and those who register by July 10 will receive a free t-shirt. Registration ends July 14.

The programs, featuring instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing, are open to all students in first through sixth grades.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science and recreation.

“Summer Scholars will be making fidget spinners in 3D printing and will spend more time learning to program the robots in the robotics class,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “Young Scholars students will also spend more time doing robotics and science activities as well.”

Dr. Welker said she has extended class times this year to allow students more hands-on time in the academic areas.

“Our theme this year is ‘Operation Innovation,’ and we want to teach our students that innovation takes time and patience,” she said. “We are providing opportunities for our students to create their own programs and be innovative, all in a fun learning environment.”

Returning as instructors this summer are Estevan Arbaiza, head men’s soccer coach at HPU, who will lead recreation for both camps; Tami Hull, science teacher and robotics coach at Early Middle School, who will teach robotics for Summer Scholars; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, assistant professor of biology at HPU, who will teach science for Young Scholars; Keith Taylor, robotics coach at Early Elementary School, who will teach robotics for Young Scholars; and Dr. Lester Towell, professor and chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems, who will teach 3D printing for Summer Scholars.

The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s wellness center, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at 325-649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: The theme for HPU’s 2017 Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps is “Operation Innovation.”

HPU gears up for another great summer of camps

Summer Camp Staff 3 2017Although most students have left for the summer, Howard Payne University will be full of activity during June and July. Six day camps and five overnight camps are scheduled to take place at HPU for the 2017 summer season. The university is expecting more than 1,200 overnight campers. Also, approximately 400 campers will be attending day camps this summer at HPU.

This week, HPU is hosting the JROTC Cadet Staff Leadership Course Camp for participants ages 14-18 and the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp for participants ages 14-16. These cadets are from more than 25 high schools across the state of Texas.

Later in June, HPU will host an overnight Band Camp and the BGCT’s Super Summer camp.

“These two overnight camps always bring lots of energy and excitement to the campus,” said Debbie Childs, director of university events. “Having camps during the summer is a unique and fun experience because we get to show off our campus to prospective students. We also have the opportunity for our staff to build leadership skills within our team and create new relationships with campers.”

HPU also hosts multiple sport camps and day camps including the university’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 17-21. The HPU Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps are for first- through sixth-grade students and feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing.

HPU’s summer camp staff, led by Childs as well as Kathy James, special events coordinator, facilitates all of the summer camps to help ensure that all guests have fun, safe and Christ-centered experiences while on campus. The staffers for this year include Derek Anderson, senior political science/pre-law major from Killeen; Titus Brown, junior business administration major with an emphasis in management from White Castle, Louisiana; Trey Carpenter, senior Christian education major from Hamilton; Madelyn Deviney, junior accounting and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Bulverde; Darius Edwards, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Waxahachie; Djimonii Jackson, senior business marketing major from Beaumont; Lindsey Krueger, sophomore music education major from Howe; Jordan Lewis, sophomore communications major from Houston; and Spencer Wolverton, junior communications major rom DeSoto.
For more information about HPU’s array of summer camps, contact University Services at 325-649-8409.

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Cutline: HPU summer camp staffers are ready to facilitate camps at the university this summer. Pictured are Madelyn Deviney (top row, far left), Darius Edwards (top row, second from left), Jordan Lewis (top row, third from left), Derek Anderson (top row, third from right), Trey Carpenter (top row, second from right), Titus Brown (top row, far right), Lindsey Krueger (bottom row, far left), Djimonii Jackson (bottom row, second from left), Spencer Wolverton (bottom row, third from right), Debbie Childs, director of university events (bottom row, second from right) and Kathy James, special events coordinator (bottom row, far right).

 

Registration opens for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps

operation_innovationBROWNWOOD – May 12, 2017 – Summer is here, but fun and learning continue at Howard Payne University! Registration is now open for HPU’s popular Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps scheduled July 17-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The theme is “Operation Innovation” and the programs feature instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing. The camps are open to all students in first through sixth grades.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science and recreation.

Returning as instructors this summer are Estevan Arbaiza, head men’s soccer coach at HPU who will lead recreation for both camps; Tami Hull, science teacher and robotics coach at Early Middle School who will teach robotics for Summer Scholars; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, assistant professor of biology at HPU who will teach science for Young Scholars; Keith Taylor, robotics coach at Early Elementary School who will teach robotics for Young Scholars; and Dr. Lester Towell, professor and chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems who will teach 3D printing for Summer Scholars.

“We’re excited to welcome back a fantastic group of teachers for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “These camps are unlike any other you will find in the area. We focus on innovative learning and having a great time. Many of our campers come back year after year.”

The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s gym, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies. The deadline for registration is July 14.

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at 325-649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu.

More than 100 participate in HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps

Scholars climbing wall   BROWNWOOD – August 2, 2016 – Howard Payne University closed out a successful season of summer camps recently with 106 children on campus for the weeklong Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs. This year’s theme was “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The popular camps featured innovative instruction in robotics, 3D printing, music, science and physical education.

“It was a great week,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “Students participated in all kinds of hands-on learning activities, challenging their brains while having a fun time learning.”

Dr. Welker expressed her gratitude to education partner 3M of Brownwood.

“Six engineers from 3M gave of their time to come help teach the Summer Scholars students,” she said. “Their engineering science class was a hit with the kids.”

Scholars robotsAdditional personnel included Estevan Arbaiza, HPU head men’s soccer coach, who was in charge of recreation each day; Debby Dill, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, who assisted in multiple areas; Deanna Erxleben, former instructor of music at HPU, who taught music; Tami Hull, head of robotics at Early Middle School, who taught robotics; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU, who taught science; Keith Taylor, recently retired head of robotics at Early Elementary, who taught robotics; and Dr. Lester Towell, chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems and professor of CIS, who taught 3D printing.

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Climbing wall – A student climbs HPU’s rock wall during the physical education component of HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps.

Robots – HPU Summer Scholars participants watch as robots they have programmed “dance.”

HPU alumnus and JROTC instructor enjoys being back on campus

Col. Stephen Jones on HPU campusBROWNWOOD – July 12, 2016 – Colonel Stephen Jones, 1979 Howard Payne University alumnus, has returned to the HPU campus each summer for the past seven years, bringing dozens of high school students with him. Col. Jones, who serves as senior aerospace science instructor and head of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps department at Wylie High School, is among the many participants of the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp held for the past 19 years on the HPU campus.

Nearly 500 cadets and staff attended the camp this summer, the purpose of which is to train cadets and give them the tools needed to become top leaders.

“It is a thrill to be back on campus,” Col. Jones said. “I love coming back year after year. Our JROTC instructors could not praise Howard Payne enough. The support we get from the staff is second to none.”

Col. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from HPU, one of seven family members to graduate from the university. He was active on campus, involved in activities such as student government and intramural sports. Additionally, he served as student body president his senior year. Upon graduation, he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life but knew his main desire was to serve others.

“So I thought I would serve my country for one enlistment and then get out of the military and pursue something else,” he said. “A few years turned into 30 years of military service.”

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 with 22 years of active duty and eight years in the reserves.

During his time in the reserves, he earned a Master of Arts degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in three churches in DeSoto and Austin, primarily in the role of minister of education/administration. He also has a Master of Science degree in organizational management from the University of Southern California.

His final assignment on active duty was as the director of operations at the Air Force JROTC headquarters, the largest aerospace science education program in the world with more than 107,000 students. Upon retirement, Col. Jones began teaching JROTC at Wylie High School. He noted that all JROTC instructors are military retirees.

Col. Jones enjoys the opportunity to bring students back to the campus he loves.

“HPU was one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “I met many wonderful people at Howard Payne who have become lifelong friends. I would be thrilled if one of my cadets attended HPU as a student.”

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Cutline: Col. Stephen Jones, HPU alumnus, returns to campus each summer for the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp.

Registration ending soon for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps

Summer and Young Scholars Brain Games for webBROWNWOOD – July 5, 2016 – There is still time to register children for Howard Payne University’s popular Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps. Registration ends Friday, July 15, for the camps which will be held July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The programs, open to all students in first through sixth grades, feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing. The theme for this year is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and physical education. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science, music and physical education.

The programs, designed to be fun as well as educational, will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s gym, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Estevan Arbaiza, HPU head men’s soccer coach and director of intramurals, will lead the physical activities segment of both camps.

“Coach Arbaiza’s coaching, athletics experience and past work with camps will add a new level of expertise to our physical activities component of the Summer and Young Scholars program,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies.

Additionally, 3M engineers will teach the science portion of the program for the Summer Scholars camp.

“I’m delighted that we will have five engineers from 3M Corporation teaching the science component of Summer Scholars,” said Dr. Welker. “These experts will be teaching science and engineering concepts and giving students an opportunity for hands-on experience.”

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps, HPU’s popular summer programs for children, will take place July 18-22. This year’s theme is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

HPU hosts BGCT’s Super Summer camp for Christian students

Super Summer studentsBROWNWOOD – July 1, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently hosted the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer camp, a weeklong leadership event for Christian students. Hundreds of youth from Baptist churches all across Texas participated in the camp, as well as many HPU alumni, students, faculty and staff members.

Super Summer is designed for Christian students who exhibit leadership attributes and desire to learn more about how to maximize their effectiveness in sharing the gospel and living a godly lifestyle. Each year’s camp theme is emphasized through all aspects of the camp. This year’s theme revolved around 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Debbie Childs, HPU’s director of university events, said that she always looks forward to Super Summer each year.

“It reminds me of how grateful we are as a university to have students and leaders on our campus who follow Christ and then step up to be leaders these teens can follow as well,” Childs said. “It’s about relationships and I love that.”

This is the BGCT’s 43rd year to present Super Summer camps. The organization held seven sessions of Super Summer this summer, with the fifth session hosted at HPU. The other Super Summer camps are held at five other Texas Baptist universities throughout the summer.

“HPU has an amazing honor and privilege to host a week of Super Summer,” said Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs. “This means that we have the opportunity as a university to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of these students. It’s a joy to get to walk around campus and talk with students who are hearing God speak to them through His word and beginning to own their faith.”

blue school studentsCampers are divided into schools, designated by colors, based on the grade they recently completed in school, from seventh grade up to recently graduated high school seniors. Within these color schools, the students spend time in a very disciplined schedule of teaching sessions, worship sessions, small-group discussions and quiet time for personal reflection. They also get to have fun during recreation time, playing games that help emphasize the year’s theme with a focus on sportsmanship and teamwork rather than athletic ability.

“It is amazing to see these young Christian leaders at Super Summer continue to grow in their faith while having a great time and making lifelong friends,” said Kathy James, HPU’s special events coordinator. “I love having them on our HPU campus each summer.”

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Cutlines: Super Summer campers cheer during recreation time on the HPU campus.

Campers in Super Summer’s Blue School have fun on the HPU campus.

HPU gears up for another great summer of camps

summer camp staff 2016 for webBROWNWOOD – June 9, 2016 – Although most students have left for the summer, Howard Payne University will be as busy as ever during June and July. Seven day camps and five overnight camps are scheduled to take place at HPU for the 2016 summer season. The university is expecting more than 1,200 overnight campers, a 25-percent increase from last year. Also, approximately 400 campers will be attending day camps this summer at HPU.

This week, HPU is hosting the JROTC Cadet Staff Leadership Course Camp for participants ages 14-18 and the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp for participants ages 14-16. These cadets are from more than 40 high schools across the state of Texas.

Later in June, HPU will host an overnight Band Camp and the BGCT’s Super Summer camp.

“These two overnight camps always bring lots of energy and excitement to the campus,” said Debbie Childs, director of university events. “Having camps during the summer is a unique and fun experience because we get to show off our campus to prospective students. We also have the opportunity for our staff to build relationships within our team and create new relationships with campers.”

HPU also hosts multiple sport camps and day camps including the university’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 18-22. The HPU Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps are for first- through sixth-grade students and feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing.

HPU’s summer camp staff, led by Childs as well as Kathy James, special events coordinator, facilitates all of the summer camps to help ensure that all guests have fun, safe and Christ-centered experiences while on campus. The staffers for this year include Efrain Garces, junior social work major and psychology minor from San Antonio; Tom Kyle, senior cross-cultural studies major and biblical languages minor from Salado; Emily Peisker, May 2016 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and a minor in marketing from Cedar Park; Jordan Pitman, sophomore cross-cultural studies major and psychology minor from Zephyr; Zac Sterling, May 2016 HPU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry from Farmington, New Mexico; Zachary White, May 2016 HPU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cross-cultural studies and a minor in Bible and biblical languages from Georgetown; Kelsan Wolverton, May 2016 HPU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cross-cultural studies and a minor in Bible and theater from Lampasas; and Spencer Wolverton, sophomore kinesiology major from DeSoto.

For more information about HPU’s array of summer camps, contact University Services at 325-649-8409.

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Cutline: HPU summer camp staffers are ready to facilitate camps at the university this summer. Pictured are Jordan Pitman (front row, left), Zac Sterling (front row, right), Spencer Wolverton (middle row, left), Kelsan Wolverton (middle row, center), Efrain Garces (middle row, right), Kathy James, special events coordinator (back row, left), Emily Peisker (back row, second from left), Zachary White (back row, center), Tom Kyle (back row, second from right) and Debbie Childs, director of university events (back row, right).

Registration open for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps

Summer and Young Scholars Brain Games for webBROWNWOOD – May 24, 2016 – Registration is now open for Howard Payne University’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The programs, open to all students in first through sixth grades, feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing. The theme for this year is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“Each class is designed to stimulate students by using hands-on learning activities as well as challenging students with curriculum not normally taught in the classroom,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “We want to keep our students’ minds engaged and their bodies active.”

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and physical education. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science, music and physical education.

The programs, designed to be fun as well as educational, will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s gym, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies. The deadline for registration is July 15.

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps, HPU’s popular summer programs for children, will take place July 18-22. This year’s theme is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Forward Thinking: HPU summer camps inspire young entrepreneur to purchase 3D printer

Mo Goff with 3D printerBROWNWOOD – April 14, 2016 – “Anyone who wants to be forward thinking and will do the work to raise the funds should get a 3D printer,” said 12-year-old Mo Goff, past participant in Howard Payne University’s Summer and Young Scholars camps. Mo purchased a printer in December after learning of the technology through HPU’s camps.

The popular summer camps, for students entering first through sixth grades, feature instruction in areas such as robotics, science, music and physical education. The sessions are taught by HPU faculty members and other area teachers. Throughout the camps, Mo, a seventh grader at Brownwood Middle School, found himself most interested in 3D printing, a session led by Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems at HPU.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication, directs the Summer and Young Scholars programs.

“We introduced the 3D printing class offered by Dr. Towell three years ago to supplement our other technology classes,” she said. “It has been a popular addition to our program.”

3D printers create three-dimensional objects by printing successive layers of a variety of materials including plastic, metal, ceramic and glass. An HPU undergraduate class, 3D Engineering Printing, was created around the technology. Dr. Towell volunteers with Summer and Young Scholars each year to expose even more young minds to such advances in science.

“Dr. Towell totally inspired me,” said Mo. “The first year of Summer Scholars, I thought 3D printers were really cool. By the second year, I thought ‘I should have one of these at home.’ By the end of Summer Scholars in fifth grade, I knew that could be a reality.”

Inspired to have his own printer at home, Mo consulted with Dr. Towell and decided on the MakerBot Replicator Mini.

“Other printers were tantalizingly less expensive,” said Mo. “But Dr. Towell encouraged me to go with the MakerBot because it is the most stable of all of the brands. Some of those other companies are out of business now.”

MakerBot’s hefty price tag presented a bit of a challenge, however. Mo’s parents, Drs. Sam Goff and Kylah Clark-Goff, knew it would be more meaningful to Mo if he was able to purchase the printer himself. Mo agreed.

Mo Goff with 3D printed pen“I thought about ways to make money,” he said. “I went through a lot of ideas and finally decided to sell granola.”

Mo makes the granola at home and delivers it to customers around town. An eight-ounce bag of the cranberry, apricot or peach granola sells for $5.

“Brownwood is such an amazing community,” said Dr. Clark-Goff. “People have just rallied behind him. They call or e-mail to let us know when they run out of granola and to tell us they need more. Mo will get on his bike and deliver it. He makes it himself and chose the packaging. He does it all. It’s his job.”

By December 2015, Mo had earned more than $1,000, enough money to purchase a printer. Dr. Towell visited the Goffs’ house to see the printer in action.

“Mo still frequently e-mails Dr. Towell and they compare notes on 3D printing,” said Dr. Clark-Goff.

Mo said he enjoys keeping in touch with Dr. Towell.

“It’s helped a lot,” he said. “He has sage advice. He’s a master of 3D printing.”

Though many consider 3D printers to be little more than an expensive toy, Mo envisions a bright future for the technology.

“3D printing doesn’t get all of the attention that it deserves,” he said. “I would say every household will have as many 3D printers as computers in a maximum of 50 years. I’m almost positive that one day it will be as big of a deal as the computer.”

Dr. Clark-Goff agreed.

“It looks like it prints a bunch of toys,” she said. “But in reality, it’s going to be something that you see in every area of society.”

Though he now has access to the technology every day, Mo is still appreciative of Dr. Towell’s teaching style throughout the summer camps at HPU.

“He’s truly amazing,” Mo said. “He makes you want to ask questions. I’ve learned a lot about 3D printing just from the way he teaches.”

Mo encourages other young people and their parents to consider HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps.

“They’re a lot of fun,” he said. “You go to Summer Scholars in the morning and the whole afternoon you talk about what you did there. Then you come back the next morning and do it again.”

Dr. Clark-Goff said she has not found a better camp for Mo and his younger sister, Madeleine.

“HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps have opened a new world for us,” she said. “I’ve been so pleased.”

Mo continues to sell granola to fund purchases such as a new computer, filament for his 3D printer and components for his at-home science lab. To purchase granola, contact Mo at mogoff04@gmail.com

HPU’s 2016 Summer and Young Scholars camps will be held July 18-22. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Welker at (325) 649-8508 or jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutlines: Mo Goff, who has attended Summer Scholars camp at HPU for several years, was inspired to purchase his own 3D printer.

One of the objects Mo Goff has created with his 3D printer is a working pen engraved with his name.