Local camps prepare teenagers for future endeavors

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Texas A&M is offering multiple camps for high school students preparing for college and careers.

"I'm not really decided on what I want my career to be but I'm looking more toward the business-entrepreneurship area," said 15-year-old Chris Wolff.

Wolff is one of the 24 gifted-and-talented students at Texas A&M's high school entrepreneurship camp. From June 24 to June 28, they're staying overnight at the university and getting hands-on experience in the field to see if it's something they want to study in college.

"Sometimes the careers that these kids of today are going to be pursuing aren't necessarily the same careers that their parents have had. They're working with individuals out at Mays and Startup-Aggieland, along with engineers from NASA to work on the next big invention," said Jay Woodward from Youth Adventure Program.

The campers are making prototypes using NASA technology to help solve future problems. They'll present their projects in a shark-tank style pitch at the end of the week.

"What better way to kind of come up with a solution than put 24 bright, energetic, creative kids into a room, give them a potential problem because who knows, these could be the engineers of tomorrow," said Woodward.

After the first day of camp, Wolff said he's already feeling good about his interest in entrepreneurship and is taking the experience one day at a time.

"I definitely think I'm considering it now more than I was before and that was the point of coming here. Maybe I'll figure it out by the end of camp. Maybe I won't, but if I figure it out, this is a great career, I might as well go into it and then have a lot of fun after college, which is basically until I retire, so that would be a lot of fun," said Wolff.

The entrepreneurship isn't the only camp in town preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow. All week, high schoolers are learning about cybersecurity, coding, and programming at the TEEX Cyber Innovation Camp in College Station.

The program is designed to prepare teenagers for a career in our expanding tech world. One camper who's only 16, says she signed up to help figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.

"I know I want to do something in forensics, but I don't know what yet. You know, there are computers, there are investigations, so this helps narrow it down and its help making my career choice clearer now," said Chloe Duane.

This is the fifth year TEEX has hosted the camp and it's offered two separate weeks each summer.