Students from the Design/Engineering/ Manufacturing (DEM) Summer Camp, held at the Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy on June 10-13, participated in a tap vs. bottled water taste test for Dalton Utilities, one of the sponsors of this year’s camp.
Results? Most students reported they couldn’t tell the difference. And since you can refill the same water bottle that would cost $1.49 at a convenience store up to 8,000 times from your tap for the same amount, that’s a good thing!
The DEM Camp is open to rising 6th graders and up. Campers have the opportunity to learn about topics ranging from carpet design to 3-D printing, from robotics to rapid prototyping and designing with laser cutters in a mechatronics lab to water treatment/distribution. Students also toured area carpet mills and related facilities as well as Dalton Utilities. The program focuses on creativity both in a hands-on approach as well as team-making activities and career counseling.
DEM Camp has been held here for three years and is free to attend. Presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs, it is sponsored by area manufacturers such as Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries, J&J Industries and ArrowStar, LLC plus Dalton Utilities; retailers such as Lowe’s; and agencies and schools including Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy, Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership.