Meridian Star

July 28, 2013

Peavey Space Camp starts Monday

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Partnering with the Mississippi Development Authority and Meridian Community College’s Workforce Development Center, Peavey Electronics Corporation will host the company’s first Peavey Space Camp starting Monday.

    The five-day camp offered to Meridian area students will use a hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum to showcase how Peavey technicians use math and science to manufacture professional audio equipment and musical instruments.

    Retired Peavey audio system designer and senior clinician Marty McCann will lead the day camp classes from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Participating students will learn about magnetism, electron flow, sound and basic electricity principles, the scale of the universe, and the overall importance of math and science.

    “The idea of the camp is to spark the imagination of the students and show them that learning cannot only be fun, but extremely important to their future careers,” said Meridian Community College president Scott Elliott. “This experience will take children at an impressionable age and show them how the skills they learn at Space Camp can be transformed into potential jobs.”

    Peavey Space Camp is modeled after Bay Springs-based manufacturer Hol-Mac Corporation’s annual Tinker Camp, where students are given the opportunity to “tinker” with various workplace items such as 4-cycle engines, hydraulics, and ropes and pulleys.

    Peavey Electronics Founder and CEO Hartley Peavey gives credit for the launch of his company to the lessons he learned as a youngster at Meridian High’s Ross Collins Vocational School.

    “My grandfather had a little shop in his backyard and he kind of taught me how to tinker,” Peavey said. “The first time I went to (Ross Collins) was in summer between the sixth and seventh grade. That’s how the vision for Peavey Electronics started.”

    Offered at no cost to students, the camp will be held at MCC’s Workforce Development Center and conclude Friday, Aug. 2.

    “We thank our partners, Peavey Electronics and MCC, for their diligence in making Peavey Space Camp a reality,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Brent Christensen said. “MDA is pleased to co-sponsor the camp and to help the students understand today’s manufacturing environment and the skills required to be successful.”

    Peavey Electronics Corporation is one of the largest makers and suppliers of musical instruments, amplifiers and professional audio systems in the world and distributes more than 2,000 products to more than 130 countries.

    For more information about Peavey Space Camp, contact Fredie Carmichael at MDA’s Regional Office in Meridian at (601) 692-2005 or e-mail fcarmichael@mississippi.org.