By Lily Belcher
Gentleman’s Quest of Tampa, a local non-profit organization that helps low-income students prepare for college, hosted its third annual, three-week, in-person STEM summer camp which enabled its 15 students to design a solution to a problem in their community. This summer’s camp focused on architecture, industrial planning and blueprinting. The students were invited to develop a master plan, a 3D model and a presentation for their friends, family and community.
Three high school students, Earl Knighton IV of Durant High School, Joshua Edwards first year of Land O ‘Lakes Christian School and Ronnie Plummer Jr. of Lennard High School, have created “The Three Kings Company”. Their hypothetical company would build attractive and practical properties for the elderly.
“[Their] the duty is to create the dream the customer always wanted, 100 percent guaranteed, ”said Tavis Myrick, Executive Director of Gentleman’s Quest.
The Three Kings Company would house retired seniors in Ruskin and would be furnished with features compatible with the elderly, such as a shower with a bench, taller toilet and carpeted floors. The house would also include solar panels, which are low-maintenance and economical, and an easy-to-use water filtration system.
The jury, made up of school board members, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce vice president of advocacy and the Tampa CDC CEO, awarded nearly $ 500 to each of the boys.
Knighton IV was congratulated by the panel for his presentation. Although Knighton IV has expressed interest in pursuing a STEM career, the judges believe he would make a great salesperson.
“All of the comments that were consistent among them were that he should go into sales because everyone felt like they were completely sold,” Myrick said.
Plummer Jr., who returned for his second year at the camp, had previously earned OSHA certification and NCCER certification for his plumbing, electrical and carpentry skills. He’s undecided on what he’ll specialize in, but Gentleman’s Quest has given him the opportunity to explore and learn more about the different career options that might interest him.
For more information on Gentleman’s Quest of Tampa, visit gqtampa.com.