The Nelson Tech Club (NTC) was awarded a Columbia Basin Trust – Youth Grant to hold “Arduino Boot Camps” at the local college hackerspace. Sponsoring organization, Selkirk College, backs the NTC with the physical space where they hold their weekly “hackerspace” meetings which are open to the public. The Arduino “Uno” is a small computer about the size of a pack of gum which lets you connect sensors, control motors, buttons, LED’s and you can program it from any computer. Students find it a fun and easy way to understand and to learn about electronics and computer programming. The investment will go towards the expansion of the club’s computer resources. The NTC President, Brad Pommen, will host the boot camp events in early 2013, utilizing laptop workstations for each participant. Through the club’s motto: “Build, Learn, Share” the NTC provides a face in the community and establishes itself as an innovative leader in the areas of science and technology. For more information, please visit www.nelson-tech-club.info.