Gifted and talented students didn’t want GT Camp to end this year in San Benito, Texas. The four day summer camp was offered in partnership with the Texas Valley Communities Foundation’s ENCORE initiative, encouraging support for college and career readiness. 73 gifted and talented students participated in the camp this year.
According to San Benito CISD gifted and talented director, Dr Yvette Cantu, the goal of the camp was to introduce students to science and tech careers, such as crime scene investigation and rocketry. “There are lots of careers in the STEM areas and we have trouble filling those careers,” she said. “There is also an underrepresentation of Hispanics and females in the STEM fields.”
In addition to rocketry and forensic science, students learned about DNA sequencing, and the structure of the human eye. They dissected a sheep’s eye to see the similarity with the human eye. But that wasn’t all they did!
They designed robots, a roller coaster, and learned about wind lift. These activities along with rocketry showed them the concepts and introduced them to careers in the engineering fields.
Students also designed a robotic arm which had the capability to move and lift objects.