Six IALR STEM Summer Adventure Camps were held in June featuring topics such as drones, Minecraft, and robotics. Each camp had 20 available slots and nearly all were filled. This is the first year that there have been two camps per week for multiple weeks during the summer due to camps filling up very quickly in the past and many students missing the opportunity to attend the camps that were of interest.
Another change to the Summer STEM Camps has been the addition of combined camps, like Minecraft and Robotics, allowing students to get a variety of experience and ultimately participate in two camps per week.
Every week there have been camps for different age groups and topics, giving students the opportunity to participate in several camps during the summer.
Zach Davis (pictured), a rising 7th grader at Dan River Middle School, has participated in all four STEM camps for his age group during the month of June. When asked about his experience in the Summer STEM Camps he said, “The camps were fun and interesting. I especially liked learning how to fly drones and code.”
Americorps members have served as classroom aides for the camps. AmeriCorps members Mikayla Houghton and Ayesha Khalid agreed they are beneficial for all age groups, observing that the younger kids were engaged and open to learning, while the older kids have some experience and knowledge coming into camp. “STEM learning is amazing for kids. It’s a great summer opportunity for them to be able to have fun while learning,” said Khalid.