Some of the hands-on STEM activities that students in kindergarten through ninth grade experienced this summer include chemical reaction, making slime, rockets, and constructing LEGO bridges and pulleys.
STEM camps offered at Pfeiffer University featured these activities, along with exercises that encouraged critical thinking and skill development. Elementary students explored engineering with ELGO kits, and practiced mathematics. Middle schoolers focused on various topics, such as chemistry and forensic science, and the beginning of dissection.
“We are working hard towards our goal of increasing confidence, interest, and knowledge in STEM and enjoy welcoming many of our campers back to campus year after year,” said Laura Lowder, associate professor of education at Pfeiffer. “[Students] have the opportunity to learn from college and university faculty as well as K-12 teachers who love STEM topics.”
Another focus of the STEM camps is to prepare Pfeiffer education students and recent graduates to work with students in elementary and middle school.