W&J Hosts Camp Designed to Excite Students About STEM Learning

WASHINGTON, PA (July 30, 2012)—A week-long camp hosted by Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) and Intermediate Unit 1 Center for STEM Education in southwestern Pennsylvania prepares elementary and middle school students who may become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Held July 23-27, CAMP Tech 2012, through two separate sessions, provided local students in third through eighth grade with a challenging science curriculum in a problem-solving setting.

“We are very much concerned about STEM education, which is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” said Randy Kohler of Science Matters, an organization whose partnerships with the Intermediate Unit I, W&J, local school districts, businesses, and foundations provides local schools with the resources that deliver challenging hands on inquiry based science. “We need to be looking at the STEM careers and the courses and classes students need to take to develop the skills in these areas.”

CAMP Tech is comprised of two tracks: The first, LEGO Mindstorm NXT Robotics, encouraged students to work together in teams to solve various challenges by designing, building, programming and testing a Mindstorm NXT Robot. The second was Animation Programming with Scratch/Alice 3-D, where students learned to write simple animation programs using menu-based software to animate objects on a virtual canvas.

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W&J Hosts Camp Designed to Excite Students About STEM Learning