Robots and drones at day camp are one sure way to challenge students while stimulating their interest and creating opportunities for fun.
In Chaumont, New York, students from five school districts in Jefferson County benefited from a week long STEM day camp which was hosted by the Lyme Central School District.
The camp was funded by the Fort Drum Rural Initiative for STEM Excellence grant in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension. It was free to 96 middle school students.
According to Rochelle A. Runge, a college readiness and financial educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, every year the camp accentuates a different area of learning.
“We talk with people at these schools to find out what the kids are familiar with to be sure we weren’t duplicating too much of what they might learn in school,” Mrs. Runge said.
This year, the camp focused on STEM careers in the students’ local area. “One day we had military members talk to them about military science, and another day we had representatives from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry talk to them about renewable energy.”