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STEM Summer Camps Could Aid K-12 Interest in STEM Careers

Integrating STEM into lessons and afterschool projects has become popular. Now, more and more children can get exposed to technology and STEM careers in summer camps. 

 

A recent article from Grand Canyon University suggests that edtools and STEM studies in the summer can drastically improve the success a student has in the career fields of tomorrow. 

 

“Through solar-powered ovens, 3D printers and other high-tech learning tools, students in Grand Canyon University’s STEM summer camps this month will be able to feel the power of science and engineering at their fingertips,” said Michael Ferraresi of GCU. “Based on the same project-based learning principles that are in place in its undergraduate programs, the University developed the series of intensive events for local middle and high school students to provide a taste of a collegiate STEM curriculum in an easy-to-digest format that gets young people excited about their potential career pathways.”

 

From coding in the classroom for high school students to 3D printing in kindergarten, these explorations in STEM can be very helpful in pointing students towards high-earning jobs. GCU is making sure the enthusiasm sticks as the summer slide kicks in by using their  STEM summer program to help students develop or further interest and excitement for exploring STEM fields. 

 

“That model of presenting a problem and giving the students room to explore how to solve it through hands-on activities helps break away from that traditional recipe version of science curriculum,” said Amanda Hughens, GCU’s K-12 STEM outreach manager. 

 

Programs like GCU’s help keep students focused on and engaged in core subjects until September while toting that same fun that summer camps can offer through enriching educational experiences. This means that many students don’t see it as more school, but rather as a way to use new technology in a stimulating setting. 

 

“It’s showing them what’s around them,” said Hughens. “It’s making them aware and giving them a new look at how to utilize computers and engineering in their lives.”

 

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor 

 

06/03/2015

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