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New Digital Storytelling Camp Brings Generations Together

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This summer AU will welcome middle- and high-school students and their grandparents to a new camp.

Digital Storytelling Camp for Grandparents & Kids will teach campers ages 10 to 15 and a grandparent or older adult how to produce, edit and upload a three to five-minute family story using a flip camera. The new camp is a natural outgrowth of the popular Discover the World of Communication summer program, audiscover.org , that draws more than 500 students from across the country. Discover students learn skills that range from backpack journalism to photography and animation.  

“Every family has some good stories that should be preserved,” said Sarah Menke-Fish, who founded and runs the Discover program at AU as well as in California and Costa Rica. “This camp will provide the opportunity for students and a grandparent or older adult to gain the skills they need to create digital stories all while making lifetime memories with one another.” 

Menke-Fish, a professor in the School of Communication at AU, said the new program lets different generations learn together. “Our hands-on teaching style and small classes make it easy for students of all ages to learn the art and mechanics of digital media.” 

Camp sessions are weekly from July 18 to Aug. 12 and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday on AU’s campus. A highlight of weeklong camp will be the Friday afternoon presentation of the digital stories created during camp. 

“We are pretty excited about this new program,” said Menke-Fish. “And we are really looking forward to seeing the stories these intergenerational pairs will create.” 

For more information contact Adell Crowe at 202-885-2220 or email AUfamilystories@gmail.com