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RALEIGH — School is out, but some high school students are back in the classroom this week. Not at their high schools, but at N.C. State University, where the 17th annual Design Camp is a chance for these students to design their futures.

The university's annual Design Camp is a chance for high school students to get a taste of college life and to see if a career in design could be for them. Each day, the students concentrate on a different area of design -- from graphic design, to landscaping to architecture. The goal is to help them decide which area they like best.

One of their challenges is to design a stool to sit on using only some chipboard and masking tape.

"I basically constructed a triangle with a bottom and the top cut off and flipped it upside down and inside is a prism for support," says one student.

Creating unique stools is one of five different projects challenging the minds of the students.

"It starts to teach structure," says graduate student Peter Rampson. "It starts to help understand the development of building and construction, and the material itself is a very simple material to use, so it allows for many different possibilities."

"When it's time to apply, they pretty much know what the area is about so it's a wonderful thing to see these kids come in and be able to decide, yes, this is it," says Marva Motley, assistant dean for student affairs. "I want to apply and work hard towards that."

Samantha Everett already knows she wants to be an architect someday. In her class, she had to design an island retreat.

"It was kind of difficult to figure out where we wanted to position it because if you put one place someplace, you weren't allowed to move it after you put it up there," she says.

The students come up with designs as diverse as the students themselves. But for many, this Design Camp will be the same bridge to lead them from high school to college and beyond.

The Design Camp has no bearing on a student's admission to N.C. State. But administrators say 30 percent of the students in the College of Design participated in the camp before they entered college.


Laurie Clowers, Reporter
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