Shepaug Valley Middle School in Washington will offer its first summer enrichment program with a focus on technology.

Registration will be held April 15. Students in grades 4 through 12 in the Greater New Milford area are invited to participate in the self-funded program.

A minimum of seven students per class is required for classes to be held.

"This is a great experience for students to have fun while learning some new tech skills at the same time," said Sheila Gambino, SVMS assistant principal. "Students can also meet peers from area towns and build lasting friendships with people who have similar interests."

Programs in "robotics, digital photography, how science can be used to develop athletic skills, medical careers, illustration, and music with a technological twist" will be offered, she said.

The program was an idea developed by Teresa DeBrito, principal of SVMS, with student input.

It will be offered during the month of July, with free before- and after-program care.

Students can enroll for morning or afternoon sessions, or stay for the whole day with an hour supervised lunch with outdoor games.

For more information, email gambinos@region-12.org, call 860-868-6209, or download a program brochure at www.region-12.org/subsite/sms.