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Adventures in Animatronics Diorama

Unleash your Renaissance nature and combine the artist and the engineer in you! In this camp you will draw, paint, mold and craft as an artist PLUS you will design, test and build as an engineer. The combination of mixed media and electromechanical armatures will provide you with a creative outlet that overlaps with technology.

This overlap known as “animatronics” (first used by Walt Disney) within the backdrop of a diorama will elevate the scene to life like realism. The range of themes for animatronic diorama can be endless. Themes could come from your favorite books, historical events, nature, modern life, space or undersea to name a few.

Throughout the week of creating there will be instructional periods showing how different craft techniques are used and how servos and actuators are interfaced. Assistance will be provided with the goal of creating a quality animatronic diorama (you keep) that would even marvel Leonardo di Vinci. A quote by the man himself "Leonardo da Vinci, disscepolo della sperientia.”

Program Dates

  • June 23 - 28 for Rising 6 - 9th grade students


Program Fees

Choose from:

  • Commuting Scholar - $575
  • Commuting Scholar Plus Evening - $665
  • Residential Scholar - $975

Plus $25 Lab Fee


Meet Your Instructor


David Metts

David Metts works in the Electrical Engineering Department of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. He is the director of undergraduate labs and develops experiments and projects that enhance the undergraduate lab experience.


Thomas Bosse

Thomas Bosse is originally from Florence, SC.  He relocated to the Columbia area after earning his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia. He continues his research in the field of metalsmithing while he teaches full time at Airport High School.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina.  He has over 12 years experience teaching students ranging from Kindergarten through Graduate level courses.”