A group of advanced students are finding that STEM camp combines learning with games, and they are enjoying the experience.
At Maryville College, Blount County students wrote programs, built water filtration systems, designed robots, and broadened their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In addition to the planned activities, the forty one students in fourth through eighth grades benefited from visits from a STEM Scouts mobile lab, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee and LDA Engineering.
They began by discussing the meaning of STEM. They hear the word but often do not really understand what it stands for. Then they moved on to beginning to write code.
“We got to program our partners on the first day,” said Mason Martin, a Fairview Elementary fifth grader. She was describing an exercise where students directed their partners to a specific location by writing code.