The Andrew Simpkins Innovation Foundation (ASIF), are camps and programs created by Maurice Simpkins. The Foundations namesake, Maurice’s Grandfather, the late Mr. Andrew Simpkins was an electrician at J.B Martin velvet factory located in Batesburg-Leesville, SC. The idea to make the foundation after his grandfather comes from one occasion when Maurice is attempting to connect an aftermarket car stereo to a power outlet inside his grandfather’s house. The attempt sent out a bright spark, a loud sound and knocked the electricity out in half of the house. His grandfather, known as a strict disciplinarian, approached the room and after seeing Maurice’s attempt proceeded to explain to him why it wouldn’t work with the setup he was trying to use. His grandfather explained some basic of electricity and Maurice was sparked into the world of Electronics forever. The Andrew Simpkins Innovation Foundation is Maurice’s attempt to spark the same interest within the youth of his hometown without the dangers he faced in exploring his curiosity.
Our mission is to educate and empower the youth in our communities by providing educational and training camps to them at a lower fee than the nominal cost which will promote opportunities for growth and learning. We want to make a positive impact in the community for the youth and show them how they can become their best selves by applying and using their brains through technology and sports camps.
Program focus and population served
The focus of our program is to establish it in our hometown community first and as we grow, we will open it up to other cities across the nation. We have served in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina in the summer of 2016 by creating the first Football Camp for the students who attended High School. In the summer of 2017 we have been asked to open up the Football Camp to the community. We also are adding a 3 week IT Camp for elementary students who are a part of the Summer reading program
Program/project evaluation methods and project outcomes
The program will evaluate students based upon their progress in the different areas of the camp. The data will be used to cater STEM programs to the students that are related to the progress they made within the program. Students will allow advanced students to continue working with the Coding and robotics programs as part of their in class curriculum.
The football camp will use the NFL Combine style of evaluation of the Players. Players will perform agility and position specific drills to evaluate their progress from the Football camp. All results are stored and used for the Coaching staff to promote the athletes during the season.
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