Middle Tennessee Digital Agriculture Center-Summer Camp Program
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Please check out photos from our 2022 program.
What is Digital Agriculture?
Digital agriculture is the integration of digital technologies (drones, GPS, virtual reality, video gaming, artificial intelligence, etc) into energy, feed, fiber, food, and forestry production processes. In farming, digital agriculture can lead to increased production, decreased costs, and risk mitigation or elimination. As a data-gathering and analysis tool, using digital agriculture enhances predictive capabilities regarding crop and animal behavior and production. Moreover, as agriculture moves toward automation and embraces the use of digital technologies, digital agriculture has emerged as a niche in agriculture for which employees with digital skills be in high demand.
What is the Digital Agriculture Summer Camp?
Would you enjoy both hands-on and online learning experiences on real-world Digital Agricultural problems? Would you like to design, build, and fly your own Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) that could collect agricultural field data? Would you want to make decisions based on information collected from a drone? Are you curious about college and career opportunities related to digital agriculture?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, then you should apply to participate in the Digital Agriculture Summer Camp.
What's in it for Me?
Each year, 15 high-school students will be selected to attend the Digital Agriculture Summer Camp. In addition to lodging and meals, each student will receive a $1,000 stipend for completing the three-week summer camp and receive certificate upon completion.
At the camp, high school students will work alongside professors and college students to identify problems in agriculture and generate solutions using digital agriculture tools. Students will design projects that could be used for science fair competitions, scholarship applications, and more!
When and Where?
In the summer of 2023, the Digital Agriculture Camp will take place on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. Students will arrive for Day 1 on May 31st and the last day of camp will be June 16th. During the week, students will spend the night in MTSU dormitories under the supervision of camp counselors employed by MTSU. Students will return home each weekend (on Friday afternoon) and return the following Monday, as lodging and meals are not provided Friday night – Sunday night.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will transportation, lodging, and/or meals be provided?
On-site transportation, lodging, and meals will be fully covered during the weekdays of the event period. Participants need to find their own ways to commute between MTSU campus and their homes. No lodging and meals will be provided on weekends.
Who will qualify for the Summer Camp?
Students currently in grades 9-11
When will the selected applicants be notified?
Can a participant apply the next year?
Yes, participants can apply for a consecutive year; however, preference will be given to new applicants (those who have not previously participated) each year.
What selection criteria will be used to evaluate applications?
GPA, ACT/SAT score (if taken), Statement of Purpose, and Recommendation Letters will be fully evaluated for admission.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for the Digital Agriculture Summer Camp, click “apply here” below. The application will remain open until April 30.
Please also realize that Digital Ag Academy and Digital Ag Summer Camp are completely different programs, one designed for non-formal educators and the other for highschool students. Click here to go back to the Digital Agriculture Center Home Page.