Students delve into summertime science at 10th annual WVU Tech Camp STEM Toyota, Dow others support youth-oriented academic effort
Clint Thomas 2 July 2014
Last week, while school was out for most West Virginia youths, a select few scholars were outdoors (and indoors, occasionally), learning that the scientific can be quite terrific. Seventy students, hailing from several counties throughout the Mountain State and one school from Ohio, participated in Camp STEM, an annual event conducted at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, from June 22 through June 27. Locally, students from Riverside, St. Albans and George Washington high schools in Kanawha County and Teays Valley Christian School and Poca and Hurricane high schools in Putnam County, attended Camp STEM. Marking its 10th year at WVU Tech in 2014, Camp STEM (an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) supplies high school students with an on-site opportunity to explore academic fields such as robotics, biology, forensics, civil and electrical engineering, computer programming, mathematics, chemistry and automobile technology. As such, the range of interactive and hands-on classes the students engaged in during the week included manipulating genes in bacteria, creating electrical circuits, producing computer-animation projects and becoming, briefly, CSI/forensic science agents by documenting mock crime scenes on the Tech campus. Camp STEM students also learned about building bridges and lasers (but not simultaneously) and how to program basic computer games.