June 18 – July 27 (4 Week Camp with Culminating Presentations: June 18 – 22, 25 – 29, July 9 – 13, 16 - 20) Time: 8:30 – 12:00 Age: 13 – 18 Year-Olds Cost: $50.00 per week
This four-week camp includes hands-on opportunities for youth, ages 13 – 18, to develop science, technology, mathematics and engineering skills. Best practices for STEM education, show that summer offers a unique opportunity for students to engage in STEM learning in ways that mirror real-world needs. As noted in the "Stem in the Summer: Joy of Meaningful Learning” by the National Summer Learning Association, "summer is not just a convenient venue for engaging youth but provides a critical opportunity for STEM engagement and learning." Students in this camp will (1) develop skills in STEM areas focusing on multiple types of technology; (2) utilize innovative and creative thinking; (3) learn from Best Buy Professionals who work in STEM on a daily basis including touring the store and all of the behind the scenes work involved; (4) interact with STEM professionals from campus, from the NE Ark. Area and the Jonesboro community; (5) use the Best Buy materials provided to brainstorm, research, produce, and present a product to their peers and the community; (6) explore the college campus including technology and science labs, engineering and mathematics classrooms.
Requirements for admission to the camp include: (1) specific interest in STEM fields; (2) high level of motivation in at least one of the STEM areas; (3) commitment to participation in a one month program on a college campus. A "Student STEM Presentation Fair" will conclude the camp where students share the works and products developed with community partners during the Summer STEM Academy. To further engage the community, friends, and extended families, the Student STEM Presentation Fair will be held at the Mall at Turtle Creek on the concluding week. In addition, a campus presentation fair will be held during the late afternoon and early evening hours, mid-week, to further expand the opportunity for sharing student products and processes. Community Partner volunteers will be included in both presentations to further highlight the value of the program for youth, and families. The MEGA Brain from UAMS will be on campus for STEM and Science campers to enjoy as well! This Summer Camp Academy is open to all students; economic need is not a requirement. Email us for additional information.
To register or learn more, visit our website or call Beverly Boals Gilbert, (870) 680-8358
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