This Week's Program
Camp STEMtastic at Thomas University
April Penton, Education faculty member at Thomas University, will speak to us about the exciting Camp STEMtastic program. In the 2013 - 2014 school year, the faculty at Thomas University met with local area schools to inquire about rising sixth grade students who exemplified an attitude and aptitude in the STEM areas and who would potentially like to participate in a week long summer camp where they would have an opportunity to explore those fields.
Thirty students were selected by their teachers to be a part of the pilot camp that met in June of 2014. The camp was called "The Science of Flight," and the campers learned about various topics related to flight and its progression.
Since its inception, the original campers have been invited back each year to continue to explore different STEM fields. Each year, Camp STEMtastic adds an additional cohort of rising sixth graders. By the time the students graduate from high school, they will have had an opportunity to participate in seven different STEM-themed camps.
This summer, four campus were held: Fresh Water & Marine Ecology; The Human Machine; Natural Resource Stewardship; and Bottle Caps to Benches. The Bottle Caps to Benches initiative is the culmination of a year-long effort. This group of students recently traveled to Indiana to unload their 2600 pounds of
bottle caps and pick up 13 benches!
Posted by Susan Backofen
July 23, 2019